Category: Corporate Abuse of Power

Testimony of Jeff Clements & FSFP Concerning Hearing on “Food Safety, Nutrition and Labeling” and the Labeling of GMOs

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Free Speech For People Co-Founder and President, Jeff Clements, provided testimony to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Joint Committee on Public Health Public Hearing. 

Here is a brief excerpt below: 

"Chairman Sanchez, Chairman Keenan and Members of the Committee:

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Chevron shareholders reject ban on political spending

An article from the Center for Public Integrity reports that Chevron Corp. shareholders recently rejected a resolution seeking to prohibit the company from using corporate funds for political activities. Chevron’s statement reads: "Chevron’s participation in the political process is an important means of protecting the interests of the Company and its stockholders." Read the full story here.

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Court says corporations have constitutional right not to tell workers of their right to form unions.

In the latest move by corporations to claim constitutional rights that properly belong only to actual, living, breathing people,

"A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a National Labor Relations Board rule requiring most private sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their right to unionize."

…according to an article in Wednesday’s New York Times, which goes on to note that:

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Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

Steven Rosenfeld Alternet April 11, 2013 This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org. Excerpts: “A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful tool to
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Democracy Subverted Again: Tobacco Companies Strike Down Public Interest Law By Claiming Corporate First Amendment Rights

Here’s an illustration of how the fabricated claim that corporations have constitutional rights, which was at the core of the Citizens United decision, really hits home. The tobacco industry recently won a court ruling that graphic warnings on cigarette packages violate the cigarette manufacturing corporations’ "free speech" rights.
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US Court to Big Pharma: “Make any claim you like.”

In America, we have the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) to ensure that the food we buy is safe to eat, and that drugs do for our health what their makers say they do.

A U.S. Court recently tossed much of that premise out the window, saying pharmaceutical companies and their employees can not be prevented from making claims about health effects that are un-verified by the F.D.A. In effect, the decision gives drug makers the green light to make up any claim they please, to make the sale.

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