Anonymous Corporations

Rene Magritte's self-portrait, which he called Son of Man, has come to symbolize the anonymity and alienation of modern life.

Rene Magritte’s self-portrait, which he called Son of Man, has come to symbolize the anonymity and alienation of modern life. Image from WikiArt.

Last week, Rev. Josh met with Apryl Walker, a community organizer affiliated with the Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement and the Delaware chapter of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA). Tomorrow night, the ADA holding a community forum on the problems presented by “anonymous corporations.” Here’s part of a letter sent by 23 Delaware state representatives and eight state senators.

Delaware benefits greatly from our status as a corporate capital.  Our state earns respect and revenue because U.S. and international corporations frequently choose to make and keep Delaware as their legal domicile.

While the overwhelming majority of American and Delaware businesses are law-abiding, some individuals take advantage of our laws by creating and using anonymous shell companies to facilitate money laundering, terrorist financing, drug smuggling, arms trafficking, anonymous campaign contributions, tax evasion, and other criminal activity.

The full text of the letter can be read here. Rev. Josh asked that the community forum be publicized on the Connector. Details about the forum are in the Upcoming Events listed in the left-hand column of this site.

It would be great to see some UUs at this event. If you attend, send a report to Jeff Lott for posting on the Connector. Take a picture too!