Abortion Likely to Spark Shareholder Activism

The recent adoption of unprecedented restrictions on abortions in states including Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and Alabama is a legal and political controversy that is likely to become a corporate governance controversy as well.  Judd Legum at Popular Information dug through the disclosure of corporate political contributions and revealed that these corporations supported politicians who sponsored…

These Six Corporations Are Supporting the Controversial New Abortion Bans

Investigative reporter Judd Legum of Popular Info has identified six major corporations who are supporting the state legislators behind the controversial new abortion bans: Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, Aetna, ATT, Walmart, and Pfizer. He explains in the Twitter thread the laborious process of getting the information, the exact dollar amount of each contribution to each legislator…

Shareholder Proposal Calls on Exxon to Disclose Lobbying Expenses and Policies

To ExxonMobil Shareholders: The United Steelworkers International Union (USW) urges shareholders to vote FOR Item 10, Report on Lobbying at the ExxonMobil Shareholder Meeting on May 29, 2019. The proposal, Item 10, calls on ExxonMobil to prepare a report, to be updated annually, disclosing: 1) ExxonMobil’s policies and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect,…

You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead. – Center for Public Integrity

A two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity reveals for the first time the extent to which special interests have infiltrated state legislatures using model legislation.USA TODAY and the Republic found at least 10,000 bills almost entirely copied from model legislation were introduced nationwide in the past eight years, and…

‘Corporations Are People’ Is Built on a 19th-Century Lie – The Atlantic

Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as “people” bestowed with the most fundamental constitutional rights? The answer can be found in a bizarre—even farcical—series…

Fiduciary Blind Spot: The Failure of Institutional Investors to Prevent the Illegitimate Use of Working Americans’ Savings for Corporate Political Spending by Leo E. Strine :: SSRN

A very significant piece by one of the most respected and knowledgable experts on corporate governance, Leo Strine. In recent years, there has been a heartening improvement in the self-awareness of the major mutual fund families — BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, and Fidelity (the “Big 4”) — that have Worker Investors’ capital. This Big 4…

The Corporate Donors Behind a Republican Power Grab – The New York Times

David Leonhardt writes about the corporations behind the unprecedented undermining of democracy in Wisconsin, including Walgreens. Walgreens portrays itself as the friendly neighborhood drugstore. It gives flu shots to children, helps communities after storms, donates to charity — and makes feel-good advertisements trumpeting its various good deeds. But Walgreens also has a tougher side, one…