Government-Supreme court and the 14th amendment?
(Referring to the 14th amendment) How has the supreme court applied it to corporations as 'persons'?
And what was the reasoning behind it?
- MarkLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
There have been, probably, several such decisions by the Supreme Court, even going back to the 19th Century. Maybe the first time was Pembina Consolidated Silver Mining Co., v. Pennsylvania, 1888.
"The inhibition of the amendment that no state shall deprive any person within its jurisdiction of the equal protection of the laws was designed to prevent any person or class of persons from being singled out as a special subject for discriminating and hostile legislation. Under the designation of 'person' there is no doubt that a private corporation is included. Such corporations are merely associations of individuals united for a special purpose and permitted to do business under a particular name and have a succession of members without dissolution."
- MuttLv 76 years ago
The case you are referring to is Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and it had nothing at all to do with the 14th Amendment. It was about the 1st Amendment.