Shareholder activism is on the rise, but companies are fighting back – CNN

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in a CNN story about shareholder activism and the way corporate executives are pushing back, including the fake front groups ACCF and Main Street Investors Coalition. Leveraging shareholder votes for environmental and social ends isn’t new, but such resolutions have been on the rise in recent years. Shareholders…

Morningstar slams hidden backers behind anti-ESG campaign | Portfolio Adviser

Jackie Cook speaks to Portfolio Advisor about the CEO funded fake dark money front group, Main Street Investors Coalition. Their claim to “represent” individual investors is, as we’ve pointed out many times, completely bogus as not one single actual advocate for investors has endorsed or joined them. Morningstar has slammed an anti-environmental, social and governance…

ISS and CII Join Forces for Protect the Shareholders

Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) and the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) have launched a new educational website to respond to the CEO-funded fake dark money front groups, including the Main Street Investors Coalition, who are trying to suppress shareholder votes and limit access to independent research. Unlike ratings agencies and audit firms, which are mandatory…

Main Street Investors Coalition: Comes Sort of Clean and Also Does Not

Those rascals at the fake dark money front group Main Street Investors Coalition are at it again. Just to recap, this is the CEO-funded organization that has no relationship whatsoever to Main Street or investors and the only coalition it represents is the National Association of Manufacturers members and other corporations who provide its funding….

Main Street Investors: Now They’re Just Desperate (Are There Too Few IPOs?)

The Main Street Investors Coalition can no longer argue that they have any connection to Main Street or investors as we have repeatedly made clear in articles, news stories, blog posts, and responses to their tweets, that they are a fake dark money front group funded by corporations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, and…

Walden Asset Management and CalSTRs Ask NAM Members Why They Support Main Street Investors Coalition

Walden Asset Management released this statement today: Investors led by Walden Asset Management and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) called on 45 companies sitting on the Executive Committee and Board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to end the trade association’s attacks on shareholders. The investors’ letter asks the companies to distance…

More Smoke and Mirrors from the Main Street Investors Coalition

Thanks to our prodding, the fake dark money front group Main Street Investors Coalition is now admitting that it has no connection to Main Street or investors and is in fact funded by corporations. Yet, in an essay by Advisory Board Chair Bernard Sharfman in P&I (accompanied by a disclaimer disavowing any editorial approval), MSIC…

Main Street Investors Coalition’s Latest Lie

They have no connection to Main Street or investors, and the only coalition they represent is the group of corporations and CEOs who fund them. They adopt a fake folksy name and use “we” about investors and put endearing stock photos of ordinary people and slick graphics in their tweets. They cite their affiliate organizations…

In Which We Hear (Indirectly) from Main Street Investors Coalition and Get a Surprising Claim About Their Views on Climate Change

When our post on the SEC Proxy Roundtable was reprinted on the Conference Board’s corporate governance blog, it elicited a response from Main Street Investors Coalition advisory board member Bernard Sharfman, who challenged our assertion that the corporate-funded fake front group led by a former energy industry lobbyist is a climate change denier. We have…