courts have granted Bill of Rights protections to corporations.
For example, tobacco advertising is granted protection under the
1st amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. Licensed to
Kill, Inc is grateful for these rights, but does not take them
for granted. We realize that if our industry is not vigilant,
our corporate rights could easily be eroded away.
believe in democracy and take our corporate citizenship seriously.
That corporate citizenship starts with the bankrolling of the
election campaigns of political candidates who pledge to represent
Licensed to Kill's business interests in the White House and Congress
and in state and local goverments. It continues with intensive
lobbying of these selected, er elected, officials once they are
in office. Our message: we got you where you are, and now it's
great thing about political campaign contributions is that they
work. Any politician that denies this is lying or an idiot. It's
common knowledge that "a dog doesn't bite the hand that feeds
it." And we have our hands on the leash. For every dollar
we donate, we expect something in return. During the 2001-2002
election cycle, the tobacco industry contributed more than $7.3
million in federal political contributions. Now that Licensed
to Kill's on the scene, you can expect that figure to go up!
return, we expect politicians to kowtow to our business interests
and to ignore public health extremists who seek to sabotage our
corporate way of life.
WE HAVE ON OUR SIDE: If a politician was to accept money from
a convicted serial killer and then pardon him for his crimes,
it would elicit a major political scandal. But if a politician
accepts money from a corporation that has the blood of hundreds
of thousands on its hands, no one blinks an eye, not even when
the politician helps prevent or gut legislation that would significantly
improve public health (and hurt our business interests). Ahh,
how nice it is to be a corporation.