News Release

Mitt Romney’s America: “Corporations are People”


Speaking to a crowd at the Iowa State Fair Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated that “corporations are people.” Asked by members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement as to why he was focusing on cutting Social Security and Medicare as a means of deficit reduction over asking corporations to share part of the burden, Romney said: “Corporations are people, my friend … of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.”

GEORGE GOEHL, DAVID GOODNER via [Monica Trevino],  monica at
Goehl is the Executive Director of National

People’s Action. Goodner is an organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the group whose members questioned Romney. Goehl said today: “The corporations Mr. Romney believes are filling people’s pockets are the ones who crashed our economy and hijacked our democracy. Mr. Romney’s comments demonstrate once again that the interests of big business and big banks come before everyday people.

“Corporate money is locked in at Wall Street and not getting to Main Street. Instead of paying their fair share of taxes, or lending to small businesses, the nation’s banks are sitting on a historically high level of cash reserves of $1.64 trillion.”

See video “Mitt Romney’s America

ERIC HENSAL, congressinc at
In 2010, Murray Hill Inc. became the first corporation to run for Congress. Hensal is its “designated human” representative. Their campaign announcement video was widely covered in the media.

Last night the corporation announced its support for Mitt Romney’s public statement in support of corporate civil rights: “While our position is that people get in the way of politics, Murray Hill Inc. greatly appreciates a bodied person candidate willing to speak the truth to the American People — that the Supreme Court says corporations are people too!  Mitt Romney, a major party candidate who received a significant anonymous corporate contribution, was brave enough to publicly agree with corporate personhood and our right to give large, unchecked donations to the political process. When corporate civil rights history is written years from now, content providers will point to this moment as a significant turning point in U.S. politics.”