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Corporate Disclosure Benefits Both Businesses and Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made waves a few years back when he organized business leaders to pledge not to make campaign contributions, in protest of the brinksmanship in D.C. that led to a government shutdown. It was a bold move for the leader of a highly visible brand....

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Why Both Shareholders and Companies Should Support Political Spending Transparency

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:31 AM

Investors are hungry for more information about the companies they invest in. Shareholders -- the owners of the company -- deserve to know where their money is going. Currently, it's too easy for one person in corporate management to secretly spend company money on pet political projects. Disclosure would empower...

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Voting Rights Act Still Critical in 2013: Why Congress Must Restore It

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 4:25 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court struck at the heart of the most successful piece of civil rights legislation in American history when it invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the act requires state and local governments in certain parts of the country to obtain approval,...

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New York Needs Transparency in Political Spending

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Unprecedented amounts of secret money were spent on last year’s federal elections. In fact, spending by shadowy outside groups has become increasingly pervasive everywhere, including in New York elections. Unless we change the system with reforms like meaningful disclosure rules and public campaign financing, this crisis will only grow worse....

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The SEC Takes a Step Toward Transparency in Corporate Political Spending

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:54 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it will consider making a rule to require public companies to disclose information about the money they spend on politics. This is an important first step toward bringing transparency and accountability to the shadowy world of corporate political expenditures....

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Elimination of Contribution Limits Would Not Stop Secret Spending

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 3:41 PM

Some unlikely lawmakers are considering new restrictions on campaign spending following the onslaught of negative ads from outside groups in this election. Members of Congress who have been stung by ads funded by secret donors are beginning to express support for laws that would require outside groups...

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Rules May Change, But the Secret Money Game Remains the Same

(14) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 5:41 PM

In the last six months, the disclosure rules covering the sources of money spent on elections have changed dramatically -- twice. Despite those changes, one thing has stayed the same: moneyed interests have remained able to spend tens of millions of dollars on elections without having to publicly reveal who...

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