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Corporate Political Contributions

Investors Can Shine a Light on Corporate Lobbying Practices

Lauren Compere | Posted 04.10.2016 | Business
Lauren Compere

When companies do their political lobbying behind closed doors it threatens both our democracy and ultimately the credibility and trust in a company's own brand.

Baring It All for Campaign Finance Reform

The Heller School | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

A candidate who believes that campaign finance reform is critical to the future of our democracy should step forward to set a new standard. Every ad, website and social media communication should include the names of the candidate's top three donors.

Lobbying as Business and Business as Lobbying

Nell Minow | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nell Minow

In an interview, Lee Drutman explained the self-perpetuating forces behind the rise corporate political spending and what he recommends for finding better balance between the information and access available to those who have corporate treasuries to spend and those who do not.

Paul Blumenthal

Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees ...

Paul Blumenthal

Fishy Money Fuels Super PACs In Alaska Senate Race | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outside super PACs have played a major role supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D) as he faces a tough re-election race against former Alaska N...

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On June 14, 2012, someone created a corporation in Ohio called American Dream Fund LLC. Six months later, this corporation made a $250,0...

Further Unmasking Corporate Political Spending

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

More and more of the nation's leading companies are voluntarily adopting or strengthening their policies to provide for detailed disclosure of their political contributions. Yet they're having to do so against very strong opposition from their own leading trade associations.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporate 'Dark Money' To Get Free Pass As SEC Drops Disclosure Proposal | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission unceremoniously dropped a proposal to require corporations to disclose contributions to political...

Paul Blumenthal

Elizabeth Warren Declares 'No Excuse' For These Corporate Secrets | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday called for the Securities and Exchange Commission to finally ...

Why Both Shareholders and Companies Should Support Political Spending Transparency

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ian Vandewalker

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.

Paul Blumenthal

Another State Takes A Stand Against Citizens United | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of national and state government reform groups announced on Thursday that Arkansas is the next battleground in the fight for...

Walmart PAC's Political Spending Revealed

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

Walmart's PAC and the heirs to the company's fortune are spending millions to influence the political process -- and their money is often going to boo...

Paul Blumenthal

'No One Is Working' On Corporate Disclosure Rule | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is not currently writing a rule to require public corporations to disclose their political contri...

Paul Blumenthal

Shareholders Press For Companies' Political Secrets | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's spring again and with that comes another season of corporate shareholder meetings and the filing of resolutions looking to change t...

Paul Blumenthal

Half A Million Calling On SEC For More Disclosure | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of public comments submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a rulemaking petition to require corporations...

Happy Birthday Citizen's United, the Most Naïve -- or Cynical -- Supreme Court Decision of the Past Century

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

While 2012 wasn't as successful for the mega-contributors as 2010, should we conclude that money doesn't influence politics? Hardly.

Obama Is the First Facebook President -- What Now?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

No one doubts that social networking produces results in politics, from the Arab Spring to the 2012 election, where President Obama's ground game made the difference. It could change everything, but the way forward is far from clear. What's at stake is huge.

Health Care Was Only the Supreme Court's 2nd Most Important Decision Last Week

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Chief Justice Roberts' opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act, coupled with his rejection of limits on campaign contributions, is completely consistent with his history as a servant of America's corporate oligarchy.

10 Companies Making The Biggest Political Donations

24/7 WallSt. | Douglas A. McIntyre and Alexander E. M. Hess | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: With the U.S. presidential election heating up, 24/7 Wall St. decided to examine public companies’ political contributions in the cur...

Why We Need to Keep Corporations Accountable Post-Citizens United

Blair Bowie | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

Corporations like Target aren't just mucking around in democracy, they're playing games with our hard earned money while they're at it. This risky business affects all of us as shareholders and as citizens.

Money Buys a Deluge of False Information

Rice Odell | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Rice Odell

As for the clouds of political speech now darkening the landscape, corporations and corporate PACs can lie just like candidates. The Supreme Court justices who gave corporations a constitutional right to speak as persons were also giving them a right to lie like persons.

Dan Froomkin

Major Political Party Advocates More Corporate Money In Politics | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the latest GOP effort to accord corporations the same rights as people, the Republican National Committee wants to strike down the ce...

Double Barrel Blast From Big Sky Country: Montana Rejects Citizens United

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

In the context of Montana's low cost elections, unlimited corporate spending could have a particularly pronounced impact -- discouraging every day citizens from participating in the political process.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Try To Listen To Political Spending Outrage | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- Four miles north of the occupied Zuccotti Park, where protesters have urged an end to corporate influence in politics, business...

Occupy Corporate Political Spending

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

While corporations are legally recognized "persons," the reality is that public corporations are vast, ungainly amalgamations of people and institutions. And their political influence is eating away at the fabric of our Republic with increasingly greedy mouthfuls.