non-profits and corporate welfare

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With this stupid corporations have 1st amendment rights nonsense, why don't the Dems push for legislation that is similar to non-profits and religious organizations? Any corporation that receives tax breaks and/or any other government subsidy gives up its right to be politically involved and can't give campaign donations. They can always turn down the corporate welfare and retain their rights.


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The weasel way out would be

The weasel way out would be the claim that messaging is not political. Superpacs are not associated with anything political in the eyes of the court. One thing congress has the ability to do is levy taxes. If all messages during political season [now being 18 months before presidential, and 9 months before midterms] were taxed at a 30-50% tax rate, the money would be less powerful, and the person running would be more powerful. As a bonus, revenue would reduce deficit spending.  With this scotus you can't outlaw anything except drugs and sexual practices.

A pac is a Political Action

A pac is a Political Action Committee. It would be constitutional to make a law that corporations that accept tax credits give up their rights to contribute to campaigns and pacs because they have the option to not accept tax credits. That's the reasoning given to laws that force people who collect welfare or unemployment to give up their 4th amendment rights and submit to drug testing. If members in congress were serious about limiting corporate control of our government, they would be pushing for this sort of legislation.