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Jonathan Richards | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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The Unfulflled Promise of Citizens United

Bruce Freed | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Freed

Relevant regulatory agencies, along with Congress, have failed to repair the massive sinkhole in disclosure created by Citizens United. Justice Kennedy, it turns out, assumed incorrectly that shareholders would have the information they urgently need to assess a corporation's political spending.

Paul Blumenthal

Dark Money Groups Have Already Spent Way More Than You Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dark money flowed freely in 2013 and into the new year as social welfare nonprofits and corporate trade associations -- groups that are ...

NGOs Need to Keep Pressing Business to Be Transparent Taxpaying Global Citizens

Judith Samuelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

I have been both a lobbyist and a banker, and I understand the instincts of the business associations to protect their members, but from a societal perspective, exposing the money behind the politics is just common sense.

Paul Blumenthal

Elizabeth Warren Declares 'No Excuse' For These Corporate Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Politics: A Well-Oiled Machine

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Julie Fox Gorte

One of the many things needed to stop the runaway climate train before it rolls off the cliff is to make corporations more accountable for their actions -- in this case, their political actions aimed at stopping a sensible climate policy.

Paul Blumenthal

Another State Takes A Stand Against Citizens United

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Paul Blumenthal

'No One Is Working' On Corporate Disclosure Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Paul Blumenthal

'Dark Money' May Face SEC Spotlight This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission announced last month that it will consider a proposed rule to require publicly traded corporation...

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...

Another Reason to Hate Citizens United

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

It may be easy to assume that politicians love being showered in money. But here's a secret: the truth is, most of us hate it. Hate it.

What If the Supreme Court Treated Corporations Like Unions?

Marge Baker | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

Make no mistake: the Corporate Court has a very different agenda for unions than it has for corporate big spenders. In a decision last week, the Court started to chip away at the rights of unions to influence elections while continuing to leave corporations free to spend as they choose.

Dismantling the Presidential Public Financing System Piece by Piece (Starting With the Farm Bill)

Craig Holman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Craig Holman

I kid you not: sandwiched between provisions of the 2012 farm bill to provide assistance for peanut farmers and loans for moisture feed grain production, Sen. Tom Coburn is proposing an amendment to ban public financing of the presidential party nominating conventions.

The Surprising Consequence Of Corporate Political Spending

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | Business

* Researchers looked at donations, lobbying over 11 years * The more corporations spent, the worse they did financially ...

An Investor Perspective: WellPoint's Political Disclosure Controversy

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Jack Ucciferri

By the nature of WellPoint's core business, it is connected to some of the most intimate moments in its clients' lives. WellPoint is in a risky business and by not being fully transparent about how they participate in politics, they amplify their risks even more.

Dan Froomkin

Coalition Takes New Tack To Uncover Corporate Political Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.19.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- It used to be against the law for executives to spend funds from their massive corporate treasuries to directly influence elections. But...

Pity Poor Newt Gingrich

Robert Weissman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Pity poor Newt Gingrich. Alright, I admit it's hard to muster much pity for Gingrich. Still, he now stands as not the first, but the most recent, pr...

Return Of The Secret Donors

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To old political hands, wise to the ways of candidates and money, 1972 was a watershed year. Richard M. Nixon's re-election campaign was awash in cash...