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New Alaska Coalition Says Corporations Aren't People

Published On: Mar 31 2014 11:59:00 PM AKDT
New Alaska Coalition Says Corporations Aren't People
ANCHORAGE -

A new coalition wants Alaska political leaders and candidates to sign a pledge declaring that only people have rights, and not corporations and unions.

The Anchorage Daily News says the grassroots We the People Alaska coalition is launching its effort Monday in 11 communities, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai.

Gershon Cohen says his group is trying to raise the nation's consciousness in the hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn its 2010 decision.

The high court ruled that corporations, unions and other entities had a free-speech right to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns as long as they didn't work directly with a candidate.

Cohen last year backed a successful ballot initiative in Haines that took a stand against "corporate personhood."