Sunday, October 31, 2010

Read our latest story on Politico

Thanks to the great work of our Hired Gun Campaign Manager William Klein, Murray Hill has an Op-Ed on Politico.

Follow the link and see the our latest comments on Tuesday's Elections

Sunday, October 24, 2010

DH Eric Hensal guest on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" show

See our  Oct. 18th appearance on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" daily television show on RT America. The corporation extends its thanks to Thom for this and our first national radio appearance back in January.

Watch the video of our appearance.

See more of "The Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corporation Running for Congress Runs Radio Ads Supporting Boehner, O’Donnell Opening Salvo in National Media Campaign to Elect Corporate-Friendly Candidates

Murray Hill Inc., the first corporation to run for Congress following the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission case, is running ads on Ohio and Delaware radio stations in support of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-DE). The corporate candidate plans to roll out this campaign to other congressional districts and states between now and the November election.

The 30-second ads hail the candidates for their opposition to the Disclose Act, the legislation sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that would blunt the impact of the Court's ruling protecting the rights of corporations to make unlimited, undocumented campaign contributions. Murray Hill Inc.'s campaign against Rep. Van Hollen in Maryland's 8th Congressional District has received national and international press coverage, including a front-page story in the Washington Post, NPR's All Things Considered, CBS' Face the Nation, CNBC, the BBC, and the New York Times and Newsweek online, and numerous national and local radio interviews. Murray Hill Inc.'s campaign video has received more than 220,000 views on YouTube.

"The sinister forces of anti-corporate bigotry are gathering to limit the free-speech spending rights of America's great corporations," Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement. "Thankfully, true patriots like John Boehner and Christine O'Donnell know that corporations are people too, and they have an inalienable right to wield unchecked power in our elections."

"We often hear that we have the 'best Congress money can buy,'" says Murray Hill Inc., "but sadly, this ideal remains elusive. Our goal is to elect a corporate Congress whose loyalty and votes can be openly sold, leased and traded. These priorities are important to John Boehner and Christine O'Donnell, and they are important to the American people."

Here is a video version of our John Boehner Spot. 


video

Links to MP3 files for both ads


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Congressman Van Hollen and DH Eric Hensal discuss campaign finance in public forum

This story sums up the evening very well. We are confident the audience understood what we mean when we say "Corporations are People Too!"

Opensecrets Blog

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Anti-Corporate Bigotry Continues in Maryland

It is sad, but a sign of the long fight ahead for full corporate civil rights. On July 2, The Maryland Board of Elections again barred Murray Hill Incorporated from exercising its lawful civil right to participate in the upcoming election.We are consulting with our legal team on next steps, but we intend to pursue a place on the general election ballot.

In the face of this injustice, we need to remind ourselves that the U.S. Supreme Court believes Corporations are People Too!

Read the Baltimore Sun and  Washington Post weblog posts.

Take a look at the rejection for yourself.  Show your support for the cause - buy t-shirts, bumper stickers and signs from our Company Store








Monday, June 21, 2010

West Virginia Corporation Approved by State Government to Run for Public Office

Take a look at how progressive West Virginia truly is.  This is the first state in the nation to specifically approve a corporation to run for office.  A blow for corporate civil rights has been struck. Look at the final page of Stevens Novelties approved charter. More details to follow.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Obama Nominates Failed Citizens United Opponent to Supreme Court Murray Hill Inc. for Congress campaign says, “Bring It On”

Released May 12, 2010--

Following is a statement from Murray Hill Inc. for Congress, the first corporation to run for Congress following the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. The government’s position in the case was argued by Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. 

“When the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to protect the right of corporate persons to contribute to federal campaigns, a predictable outcry was raised by some who cling to a misguided belief in so-called “inalienable rights” of bodied persons. Such a notion is so 19th Century!

"President Barack Obama joined the fray during his State of the Union address, when he vilified the Court's decision and called for Congress to nullify its impact, provoking a fit of apoplexy in Justice Alito. Now, in a transparent attempt to thwart Murray Hill Inc.'s historic candidacy, the president has stepped up his attack by appointing the very architect of the now thoroughly discredited argument against corporate civil rights.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

voter registration release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 3 2010

CONTACT: Campaign Manager William Klein
williamklein@mac.com
301-412-1768 (c)

Designated Human Eric Hensal
congressinc@murrayhillweb.com
(301) 637-2119 (o) 202-262-9152 (c)


Corporate Candidate for Congress Blasts "Anti-Corporate Bigotry" in Voter Registration Rejection by Maryland Board of Elections

Murray Hill Inc. Warns of "Chaos and Confusion" in Post Citizens United Environment


In a stunning and alarming decision that could have wide-ranging consequences to the electoral process, the Maryland Board of Elections again defied the Supreme Court and rejected Murray Hill Inc.'s voter registration for the second time.

The Maryland State Board of Elections' 438-word written opinion denied Murray Hill Inc.'s appeal of the board's initial refusal to register the corporation. The board's rejection memo concluded that "Under Sec.3-102 of the Election Law Article, Annoted Code of Maryland, only "an individual" is qualified to register to vote."

Murray Hill filed for voter registration in January 2010. The state rejected the application in March and today denies an appeal filed in early April.

In a statement, Murray Hill Inc. said, "This is the same old anti-corporate bigotry and cultural myopia that refuses to accept the new world the Supreme Court has charted for us in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. We are shocked and outraged by this attack on our fundamental and inalieanble rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by profit."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The memo that started it all. See why Murray Hill is running for office.

Note:  From time to time, we will post the significant documents from our historic campaign.  This will give the public a sense of the true wisdom behind the Supreme Court's decision and why corporations running for office is the best solution to democracy money can buy.

From: Eric Hensal
To: Board of Directors
Date: January 22, 2010
Re: Market opportunities after Citizens United
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Introduction

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC is a landmark decision and an opportunity to seize.  The court has said nothing less than “Corporations are People Too.”  And, while there will be much hand-wringing about the influence of corporate money in politics, I believe the central point will be lost, even to this ruling’s chief beneficiary--the corporate community.

If corporations are people, corporations can vote.  If they can vote, they can hold office.  Holding office means direct control over public spending.  Instead of lobbying so-called independent representatives to take corporate positions, we can save the time and expense and directly run for these positions.  Then government becomes another corporation to corporation negotiation and, in effect, cuts out expensive middlemen who must be continually pushed through election after election.


There are over 500,000 elected officials in the United States controlling the trillions of dollars in public expenditures. That is a tremendous untapped market for us to exploit.


Citizens United--what it means to us.



Friday, April 16, 2010

Murray Hill Inc. now has column on Huffington Post

We appreciate Huffington Post's willingness to help us address the anti-corporate person bias in this country.  With this platform, everyone will hear the truth about corporations, politics and why corporate candidates are the best solution for democracy money can buy.

Here is our first post, praising Justice Stevens, even though he voted against corporate personhood.

Huffington Post Story 4/16/10

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

voter registration appeal release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 24, 2010


CONTACT: 

Designated Human Eric Hensal
congressinc@murrayhillweb.com
(301) 637-2119 (o) 202-262-9152 (c)

Campaign Manager William Klein
williamklein@mac.com 
301-412-1768 (c)

Murray Hill Inc. Appeals Voter Registration Denial by Maryland Board of Elections
Supporters Meet in Annapolis to Protest Premise that Corporate Candidate is "Not a Human Being"
The campaign of the first corporation to run for Congress has shaken the political establishment across state and party lines.  In the latest development, the Maryland State Board of Elections rejected Murray Hill Inc's application to register as a Republican in Montgomery County, so that the corporation can run in the party primary for Congress in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.
On Wednesday, March 24, at 12:30 PM, Murray Hill Inc will formally appeal this ruling by submitting a request to the Maryland State Board of Elections, 151 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis MD. The corporation's "astroturf" supporters are expected to be on hand as Designated Human Eric Hensal and Campaign Manager William Klein file the appeal.
In its letter to the Board of Elections, Murray Hill Inc. states:

Friday, March 19, 2010

The campaign is a guest on KCRW's "To the Point"

Designated Human Eric Hensal just appeared on KCRW's "To the Point."  Here is a link to the podcast.  Our portion begins at 25 minutes into the show.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Update: Maryland rejects our voter registration.

From DH Eric Hensal:


It is disappointing to report that the state of Maryland rejected our application to register to vote.  In a clear bias towards bodied persons, the state does not believe we have the right to register.


But this is only the first step in our stand for corporate civil rights.  We are sure you agree, our campaign is at the forefront of an historic movement that will eventually win all the rights our founding fathers meant for corporations to have.  We will not be deterred in our efforts and will continue moving forward.


With the state's response in hand, we will formulate our legal response to this rejection shortly.  For your information, the county and state communications are posted for your review.


Maryland response



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Murray Hill Inc. on NPR





Just a quick post with a link to the NPR All Things Considered  interview with Designated Human Eric Hensal on Tuesday March 16, 2010. 


Also, the corporation wants to thank the staff at public radio station WTMD in Towson, Maryland for the studio time that made the interview possible.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Washington Post and Face the Nation Coverage

From DH Eric Hensal:


Here is the latest on the media coverage of our historic campaign:


Here is a link to the Washington Post front page story!


Bob Schieffer's commentary on our campaign on Face the Nation


And a follow-up from the Washington Post reporter's blog on story reaction

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thoughts on a corporate person's age

From: DH Eric Hensal


There is a great deal of internet traffic regarding the "age" of Murray Hill Inc. We understand that after the U.S. Supreme Court so strongly recognized corporate personhood, our political campaign is breaking new, and sometimes awkward, ground in how this personhood operates in a world biased towards bodied persons.


The age question is the most common brought against our effort. The U.S. Constitution requires a person be at least 25 years old to run for Congress. Murray Hill, our detractors say, is only a few years old, therefore, we cannot run for office. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss, briefly, how the rights recognized in the Citizens United decision are to be implemented in this anti-corporate climate.


The Supreme Court did not create a new class of corporate persons. Instead, the majority simply recognized that a person-under-the-law has two manifestations--bodied and corporate. What we are facing today is analogous to issues addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act--how to make the political process truly accessible to corporate persons in a way our founding fathers wanted us to have?


The constitution does not define how to calculate age, but simply states a minimum age. Corporations are not bodied persons because we are complete from day one and do not have a meaningful age in any way a bodied person would calculate. No infancy, no immaturity, no waiting until a corporation is 21 to buy beer. There is also no distinction between corporations on the basis of age, so a corporation does not ask an older corporation to buy beer on its behalf.



Thursday, March 4, 2010

CQ Weekly article




Company Makes a Run for It
By Rebecca Adams, CQ Staff


Since the Supreme Court has decided that corporations have just as much right as other “persons” to spend what they like to influence elections, a group of liberal activists reasons, why couldn’t a corporation just skip a step and run for political office itself?

Anyway, that’s what the folks think at Murray Hill Inc., an advocacy and media firm in Silver Spring, Md., with a client list mainly of liberal activists. The company has filed candidacy papers to run as a Republican in the Montgomery County congressional district represented by Democrat Chris Van Hollen. The firm’s president, Eric Hensal, says he’s franchising the tools for candidacy and encouraging other “corporate persons” to run for office. The first franchisee is Computer Umbrella Inc. of Sterling, Va., which is plotting a House run.


“The Supreme Court has taken a bold step in planting a flag for corporate civil rights,” Hensal says. “There’s so much money in politics, but we should just get rid of the middleman. People just get in the way of politics.”

Friday, February 26, 2010

Murray Hill Inc. Denounces Maryland Democratic Party Cynicism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 25 2010

CONTACT: Designated Human Eric Hensal

congressinc@murrayhillweb.com

(301) 637-2119 (o) 202-262-9152 (c)

Campaign Manager William Klein

williamklein@mac.com

301-412-1768

Democratic Party Scrambles To Cope With Murray Hill Inc. for Congress Campaign

Corporation Run Spurs Fundraising Email from Fearful Maryland Democrats

The campaign of the first corporation to run for Congress has shaken the political establishment across state and party lines. In the latest development, the Maryland Democratic Party [MDP] today emailed its supporters a fund raising pitch soliciting contributions to thwart Murray Hill Inc.’s historic effort to secure the rights of corporate persons.

In a statement, Murray Hill Inc. calls the email, and similar language on the MPD website, “a cynical and twisted move to use one corporation’s free speech and lawful pursuit of profit for the most craven fundraising purposes.”

The MPD message begins, according to Murray Hill Inc., with an objective and correct summation of the Court decision.

“Last month,” the email says, “the Supreme Court ruled in favor of corporations over working people. The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns. Now, a corporation in Maryland is wasting no time to take advantage of this decision to run for Congress.

But the next line, according to Murray Hill Inc., goes too far.

“Will you make a contribution,” the party pleads, “to demonstrate that the people’s voice will not be drowned out in elections?

“While some may question our motives or our intent,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “we are as serious as the supreme court. The hundreds of thousands of citizens who’ve seen our video and read about us on the web agree—corporations are people too!”

The MDP message concludes with a misguided and inaccurate call to action, Murray Hill Inc. says. A link to the party’s donor page reads:

Will you make a contribution today? Every individual matters. Every dollar counts.

Nonsense, says Murray Hill Inc.

“Every individual matters?” commented Murray Hill Inc. “Bodied politicians just do not understand the futility of individual effort."

The Supreme Court’s majority opinion casts aside the 18th century superstition that we are endowed by a creator with inalienable rights. There is now nothing special about bodied people, no difference between them, corporate persons or toasters. This decision does not elevate corporations, but sets a lower and fair market value on bodied persons.”

Combating prejudice and bias against corporate persons is one of the primary motivations behind Murray Hill Inc.’s run for office.

“Anti-corporate bigotry has no place in our great democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says. “Our forefathers lived and died for the inalienable rights of every person, human and corporate, to pursue life (or its corporate equivalent), liberty and the pursuit of happiness (or profit).”

Murray Hill Inc. is running as a Republican in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, and recently announced it was offering franchise opportunities to other corporations seeking to exercise their constitutional rights.

"If your campaign conforms to Murray Hill Inc.’s exacting standards,” the campaign says, “your materials may use our logo and official graphics, which tell the world you are an affiliate of the leader in corporate civil rights.”

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Send us your video endorsements

Announcing YouTube Video Contest!

Our historic campaign is developing its next campaign video—and you can be a part of it! Upload your personal video endorsement to YouTube. We’ll select the best entries for our new campaign commercial.

It is a new day. While the fundamental principle of the Murray Hill Inc. for Congress campaign is to eliminate bodied humans from the electoral process, the corporation knows you will require a transition period. That’s why first-person endorsements are so important right now. Help your fellow bodied persons accept this new day.

Guidelines:

  • Record a message from 15 to 30 seconds long. Submissions over time limit are not eligible.
  • Your personal message must tell the world why you support Murray Hill Inc for Congress. Suggested themes include but are not limited to:
      • We must support this historic corporate civil rights struggle.
      • Our current government is a failed business model of politicians seeking corporate contributions, and then voting with so-called “free will.”
      • Political corruption and the rising cost of campaigns will stop when we get rid of the greed and self-interest of bodied humans.
  • All submissions must end by you saying “Murray Hill Inc for Congress—because corporations are people too!” Submissions must have this tagline to be eligible.
      • Sample script: "The supreme court secured the future our founding fathers envisioned for everyone. Murray Hill Incorporated for Congress. Because corporations are people too!"
All videos will appear as responses to our original campaign commercial. Potential finalists will appear on our Murray Hill Inc. for Congress YouTube channel.

Thank you for helping fellow bodied persons accept this new day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Text of Annapolis Speech on Corporate Personhood

Text of Annapolis Speech on Corporate Personhood
presented by DH Eric Hensal on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

My name is Eric Hensal, designated human, DH for the baseball minded, for Murray Hill Incorporated's 8th district congressional campaign. Duly authorized by shareholder resolution, I speak for the corporation, and, by proxy, all corporations in this new world of corporate civil rights.

With the supreme court's Citizens United decision, our corporation saw a new day. A day when we are not judged by having a body, but the by balance in our bank accounts. Just as our founding fathers meant for us.

Corporations are people too! This belief is our campaign's heart and soul, if corporations believed in such superstitions, that is. And this enlightened decision finally puts such superstitions to rest. This case is not about corporate first amendment rights—all nine justices agree we have them. No, the majority made a different, bold stroke. By equating money with speech, speech becomes a product. A toaster, if you will. Bodied people who speak are are simply product packaging.

The majority opinion casts aside the 18th century superstition that we are endowed by a creator with inalienable rights. There is now nothing special about bodied people, no difference between them, the corporate and toasters. This decision does not elevate corporations, but sets a lower and fair market value on bodied persons. The justices crafted an elegant, thoughtful decision which I am sure they all rightly see as their Brown versus Board of Education, and not the Dredd Scott as some alarmists claim. It is now time for a corporation to run for office as the person the court says we are.

Murray Hill Incorporated is moving into this new democracy market, positioning ourselves early as a leader in manufacturing consent. Our view is people get in the way of politics. There are over 500,000 bodied elected officials in the United States who daily complicate corporate life. With corporations now free to purchase as much speech as possible to influence every government level, unchecked officials will ask for ever-increasing contributions, auctioning votes to the highest bidder. Our business model will succeed because we will cut out these middlemen by running corporations directly for office, increasing profits for everyone. The Murray Hill way will provide government to corporations at the lowest wholesale price. And with corporate accounting, the books will always look good.

I am sure there those in the audience uncomfortable with this new day. We can only say, get used to it. Our entire political culture rests on a corporate worldview that will quash any effort to set back our civil rights. Campaign finance laws? Our supreme court majority is young and will keep knocking out statues like a day at the driving range. Constitutional amendments? The last one took 200 years to enact. Shareholder resolutions for political spending? That's done in five minutes. A real assault against us would be changes to corporate law to increase shareholder influence and promote union organizing. Actions like these would force today's confused politics into corporate governance and, perhaps, make the corporate as accountable as the bodied. Our research department, however, assures us that any bodied opposition will pursue predictable lines.

So, today, our campaign's primary marketing objective is for the bodied to embrace this new corporeal diversity. Murray Hill understands that corporations may live forever, but we need cubicles filled every day, cleaning crews at work every night and, for the time being, votes cast every election. Our goal is for the bodied to see that following corporate enlightened self-interest is the only way and that it will make the world a better place for us. Let me assure you that Murray Hill eventually cares for the bodied person.

After all, you are people too!

For more information on Murray Hill Incorporated's historic run for congress, visit

Website - Murrayhillincforcongress.com

Facebook – Murray Hill Inc for Congress

YouTube - www.youtube.com/murrayhillcongress

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Let's Franchise Democracy

Let’s Franchise Democracy!”

First Corporation Running for Congress Offers Franchise Opportunity

Murray Hill Inc., the first corporation to run for federal office following the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, announced today it was franchising its campaign for Congress to other corporations.

Our goal is to create a truly national movement to call attention to the Supreme Court's ruling establishing the rights of corporate persons and what that means for everyone in our country,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement.

Since Murray Hill Inc. launched its campaign in late January, its YouTube video has drawn 170,000 views and its Facebook page acquired 2,600 friends. The campaign has been covered by the New York Times, Newsweek, Atlantic Politics, the Huffington Post, Daily Kos and numerous news sites and blogs. Designated Human Eric Hensal and Campaign Manager William Klein have appeared on MSNBC, the Thom Hartmann show, the Alan Colmes show, the Kojo Nnamdi show and other radio and TV programs.

But now, says Murray Hill Inc., it’s time to roll out the campaign for equal rights for corporations to other districts and states across the U.S.

Murray Hill Inc. has prepared step-by-step toolkits for corporations to use in their own Congressional campaigns, under the rubric of the Murray Hill Inc. “brand.” The toolkits include a model press release, franchise overview, media outreach guidelines, talking points and templates for campaign materials.

"If your campaign conforms to Murray Hill Inc.’s exacting standards,” the campaign says, “your materials may use our logo and official graphics, which tell the world you are an affiliate of the leader in corporate civil rights.”

Murray Hill Inc.’s groundbreaking campaign has generated controversy and criticism from political traditionalists who insist that only humans can be elected to office. One comment on YouTube said,

This is the most UN American thing to ever happen in this country. Just wait till its’ foreign companies doing this and they will buy our elections. I hope this company fails completely in every venture they try. Corporate Communists!”

Combating prejudice and bias against corporate persons is one of the primary motivations behind Murray Hill Inc.’s run for office.

Anti-corporate bigotry has no place in our great democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says. “Our forefathers lived and died for the inalienable rights of every person, human and corporate, to pursue life (or its corporate equivalent), liberty and the pursuit of happiness (or profit).”

The first corporation to enter into a franchise agreement with Murray Hill Inc. is Computer Umbrella Inc. of Sterling Virginia. Computer Umbrella’s own Designated Human, Jonathan Stewart, is charting the corporation's run for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s 10th District.

We are proud to embrace the Murray Hill Inc. Brand,“ Stewart says. “From steel to silicon, it's America's entrepreneurs who find and exploit the new markets. The democracy market in Washington DC today looks like Silicon Valley 30 years ago. CUI wants to position itself as early leader in this emerging market along with Murray Hill Inc. ”

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Website - Murrayhillincforcongress.com

Facebook – Murray Hill Inc for Congress

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