In the wake of Wall Street recklessness that caused economic collapse, Congress gave shareholders and citizens Dodd-Frank to help them constrain self-dealing corporate executives. The 99% Coalition and shareholders are working with those tools even as Republicans vow to take them away.
The victims of crimes of corruption are diffuse, invisible, and often vulnerable: every dollar paid in bribes tilts the scales further against the most unfortunate in societies where fairness frequently goes unprized.
On April 27 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to place broadcasters' political files online. This brings vital election data into the 21st century, allowing the public to see political spending on TV ads across the nation in nearly real time. But there are limits to the rule.
The high-speed trades driven by computers are in the cross-hairs of regulators in Washington. In spite of the controversy, some in the industry say high-frequency trading should be allowed to run its course.
Investors who are victims of crime or financial fraud might have an easier time dong background search in trying to avoid Ponzi schemes before making investments than guessing which bank, Future Commission Merchant, or broker goes bankrupt.