The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC represented a sea change in the world of corporate citizenship. Although the decision dealt with campaign finance law, it has sparked significant discussion of the concept of corporate personhood more broadly. Corporations have increasingly taken advantage of legal rights previously reserved for individuals. This Note argues that where corporations reap the benefits of constitutional entitlements intended for individuals, they should suffer consequences for malfeasance similar to those imposed on individuals who engage in criminal conduct. Specifically, this Note advocates for limitations on corporate electioneering as a collateral consequence of a corporation’s criminal conviction, just as individuals may forfeit the right to vote following a felony conviction. Such a reform would address common criticisms regarding corporate criminal prosecutions’ lack of deterrent effect. It would also send an important expressive message that corporations do not enjoy more favorable treatment than individuals when facing criminal prosecutions.
B. G. Lee Jr.,
Crafting a Corporate Analogue to Criminal Disenfranchisement,
Mich. Bus. & Entrepreneurial L. Rev.
Available at: https://repository.law.umich.edu/mbelr/vol8/iss2/6