Trade groups to top corporations: Resist political disclosure | Center for Public Integrity

Companies that follow this advice will hear from unhappy shareholders.

Three of the nation’s leading trade associations have a message for their member corporations: Resist activists who demand you disclose more details about your politicking than the law requires.

“The strategy of pressuring companies to voluntarily disclose the details of their spending on public policy engagement for the purpose of reducing that engagement is, in fact, their ultimate goal,” wrote U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Business Roundtable President John Engler and National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons in a letter dated Oct. 13 and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.

They added: “As these activists continue efforts to silence the business community’s voice, we will continue to engage on your be

via Trade groups to top corporations: Resist political disclosure | Center for Public Integrity.

One thought on “Trade groups to top corporations: Resist political disclosure | Center for Public Integrity

  1. Corporations should not be democracy-free zones. Shareholders have a right to know how companies are spending their money. Take a look at Citizens United. The decision was premised on the idea that shareholders should be able to control political and lobbying expenditures at the companies they own.

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