Reports

Recent Reports

Public Citizen, May 3, 2017
Majority Report

As You Sow, Sustainable Investments Institute, & Proxy Impact, March 8, 2017
2017 Proxy Preview (report & webinar recording)

Sustainable Investments Institute & Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute, February 2017
How Leading U.S. Corporations Govern and Spend on State Lobbying

Center for American Progress, January 5, 2017
Drain the Swamp

Public Citizen, September 14, 2106
The Historic Campaign for Corporate Political Spending Disclosure

Center for American Progress, September 1, 2016
Big Business Is Still Dominating State Supreme Courts

Tyler Gellasch, September 2016
Towards a Sustainable Economy: A review of Comments to the SEC’s Disclosure Effectiveness Concept Release

Chisun Lee, Katherine Valde, Benjamin T. Brickner, & Douglas Keith, Brennan Center for Justice, June 26, 2016
Secret Spending in the States

Sustainable Investments Institute, June 2016
FACT SHEET: The Investor Campaign for Corporate Political Activity Disclosure

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2015

Prof. Tamara Piety, July 20, 2015
The Corporate First Amendment: Why Protection for Commercial and Corporate Speech Does Not Advance First Amendment Values

Prof. Jennifer Taub, July 20, 2015
Still Too Big To Fail: Opportunities for Regulatory Action Seven Years after the Bear Stearns Rescue

Prof. John C. Coates, February 27, 2015
Corporate Speech and the First Amendment: History, Data, and Implications

2014

Sustainable Investments Institute, July 2, 2014
U.S. Shareholder Proposals Filed on Corporate Political Activity 2010-2014

2013

Demos, May 2013
Explainer: Who decides when a corporation spends money in politics?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, June 18, 2013
The SEC and Dark Political Money: An Historical Argument for Requiring Disclosure

2012

Center for Political Accountability, December 2012
Corporate Political Spending and the Mutual Fund Vote: 2012 PROXY SEASON ANALYSIS

Public Citizen, October 2012
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pumps Millions into Elections: Analysis of the Limited Disclosure of Corporate Contributions to the Chamber

Public Citizen, October 2012
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: A Leading Dark Money Spender in 29 Senate and House Races

Lucian A. Bebchuck and Robert J. Jackson Jr., September 2012
Shining Light on Corporate Political Spending

Center for Political Accountability, September 2012
The 2012 CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Accountability and Disclosure

Brennan Center for Justice, August 2012
Transparency for Corporate Political Spending: A Federal Solution

Corporate Reform Coalition, August 2012
Sunlight for Shareholders

Michael Hadani and Douglas A. Schuler, July 13, 2012
In Search of El Dorado: The Elusive Financial Returns on Corporate Political Investments

John Coates, Harvard Law School, July 6, 2012
Corporate Politics, Governance, and Value Before and After Citizens United

Corporate Reform Coalition, June 2012
Sunlight State by State After Citizens United

Business and Politics, April 2012
Corporate Political Donations: Investment or Agency?

Rajesh Aggarwal, Felix Meschke, and Tracy Yue Wang, April 5, 2012
Corporate Political Donations: Investment or Agency?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy & Kathy Fogel, Spring 2012
Shareholder-Authorized Corporate Political Spending in the U.K.

The Conference Board Review, January 25, 2012
Dangerous Terrain: How To Manage Corporate Political Spending In A Risky New Environment

Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending, Jan. 17, 2012
Super PACS and the Corporations Who Love Them

Coffee Party, Jan. 8, 2012
Unions vs. Corporations: Rules Concerning the Expenditure of Treasury Money on Political Spending

2011

Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, 2011
The Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure; The Lack of Current Transparency on Corporate Political Spending

Center for Political Accountability, December 21, 2011
Mutual Fund Voting Reports on CPA Resolutions

Sustainable Investments Institute, November 2011
Corporate Governance of Political Expenditures: 2011 Benchmark Report on S&P 500 Companies

Committee for Economic Development, September 26, 2011
Hidden Money: The Need for Transparency in Political Finance

Committee for Economic Development, September 26, 2011
After Citizens United: Improving Accountability in Political Finance

Public Citizen, September 7, 2011
Fulfilling Kennedy’s Promise: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity

Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2011
Corporate Political Transparency Ratings

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University College of Law, July 4, 2011
The Constitutionality of Disclosure of Money in Politics: Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure? Revealing Money in Politics after Citizens United and Doe v. Reed

Public Citizen, Jan. 18, 2011
12 Months After: The Effects of Citizen’s United on Elections and the Integrity of the Legislative Process

2010

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University College of Law, 2010-2011
Hiding Behind the Tax Code, the Dark Election of 2010 and Why Tax-Exempt Entities Should Be Subject to Robust Federal Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

The Conference Board, 2010
Handbook on Corporate Political Activity, Emerging Corporate Governance Issues 6

Public Advocate for the City of New York, December 2010
Citizens United and the 2010 Midterm Elections

Public Citizen, November 18, 2010
Eclipsed Disclosure: Nearly Half of Outside Groups Kept Donors Secret in 2010; Top 10 Groups Revealed Sources of Only One in Four Dollars Spent

Sustainable Investments Institute, October 14, 2010
How Companies Influence Elections: Political Campaign Spending Patterns and Oversight at America’s Largest Companies

Lucian A. Bebchuk and Robert L. Jackson, Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School, September 2010
The Need for Improved Corporate/Securities Law post-Citizens United: Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides?

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Deniz Igan, Prachi Mishra, and Thierry Tressel, International Monetary Fund, December 2009
A Fistful of Dollars: Lobbying and the Financial Crisis

Stephen Ansolabehere, James M. Snyder, Jr., Michiko Ueda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, January 2004
Did Firms Profit from Soft Money?