Corporation Launches Bid for Congress

The Supreme Court's controversial decision to lift restrictions on corporate spending on political campaigns rested in part on the notion that constitutional free-speech provisions should apply to corporations as well as to individuals. For the court's purposes, corporations are akin to people. Now a left-leaning PR firm called Murray Hill Inc. has decided to test the limits of this rationale by launching its own bid for Congress. That's right: a corporation is running for office in Maryland's Eighth District. It's got all the trappings:  a Web site, press releases, and a Facebook page that says, "Until now, corporations . . .  influenced politics with high-paid lobbyists and backroom deals. But today, thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, corporations now have all the rights the founding fathers meant for us."

As part of its campaign launch, it has cut a deliciously satirical ad that states: "Corporate America has been the driving force behind Congress for years, but now it's time we got behind the wheel ourselves." Murray Hill Inc. even has a designated human to approve the message. Whether it will be successful in pushing the decision so far that it forces the courts to reconsider the ruling is unclear, but in the meantime, the ad is pretty fun to watch: