Dark Money: It’s Time for Boards and Institutional Investors to Act on Racial Justice

Bruce Freed of The Center for Political Accountability and Eleanor Bloxham of The Value Alliance have an important op-ed in Barron’s about the long-standing opposition of the Big 3 institutional investors – BlackRock, Vanguard and Fidelity — to shareholder resolutions calling for disclosure of political disclosure and the connection to corporate political spending that has…

Campaign contributions pay off for Ohio utilities and coal interests

Utility, nuclear and coal interests are big players in Ohio politics, giving about $3 million to Ohio political campaigns in 2018, according to data from the National Institute on Money in Politics. The industry interests have long been active politically. But just as competitive markets began coming into their own around 2010, the pattern of…

Citizens United 10 Years Later: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy testified about what we have learned about the impact of the Citizens United Decision after ten years. The full testimony, including disturbing information about the vicious cycle caused by more dark money raising the cost of campaigns, thus needing more dark money is below. An excerpt: Nearly a decade ago, I told…

Hospital Groups Sue to Block Price-Transparency Rule – WSJ

Corporations continue to try to pretend they deserve the same Constitutional rights as individuals, here arguing that the kind of disclosure requirements the government has successfully imposed for decades to make sure consumers get the information they need to make informed choices violate the First Amendment freedom of speech. The courts recognized that commercial speech…

How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill to $0 – The New York Times

In the 2017 fiscal year, FedEx owed more than $1.5 billion in taxes. The next year, it owed nothing. What changed was the Trump administration’s tax cut — for which the company had lobbied hard. The public face of its lobbying effort, which included a tax proposal of its own, was FedEx’s founder and chief…

GOP Lobbyists Helping U.S. Companies Exploit the Amazon

The Intercept has an excellent expose of the role of US lobbyists in promoting the catastrophic destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. This summer, fires are being used to clear wide swaths of the Amazon at an unprecedented rate. One-fifth of the Amazon has already been destroyed in the past 50 years; further industrialization of the rainforest risks destroying…

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…