Corporate Governance

Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills Contain Seven Provisions Safeguarding Free Speech

On December 16, 2015, Democrats and Republicans in Congress struck a deal on omnibus spending and Tax Extenders legislation. Lawmakers should be lauded for including seven provisions in these bills that protect or enhance First Amendment free speech and free association rights, including the constitutionally-protected right of private giving to advocate for social change. Specifically, […]

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Businesses and Shareholders Shouldn’t Be Misled by the CPA-Zicklin Index

Today, the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), in conjunction with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, released the 2015 installment of their annual Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, a metric that purports to rank corporations’ disclosure policies for political and issue-related speech. We have said of past versions of the CPA-Zicklin Index […]

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CPA-Zicklin Index Polices Corporate Speech to the Detriment of Shareholders

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CPA-Zicklin Index: A Deceptive Dragnet

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Is Corporate Political Activity Controversial? New Polling Emphatically Says No.

If the government is considering a law that would damage your business, how would you respond? According to a new poll from the Public Affairs Council (PAC), an overwhelming majority of Americans would attempt to persuade elected officials to change the law to protect their company. These findings challenge the common assertion that Americans don’t […]

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2015 Proxy Season: The Relentless Targeting of Political Speech Continues

The 2015 proxy season is underway and all indications suggest that it will be another record-breaking year for the number of proposals targeting companies on their corporate political spending and lobbying activities. In 2014, political and lobbying disclosure comprised 22% of all shareholder proposals with 86 that went to a vote. Meanwhile, the Fortune 250 […]

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CPA’s Fluid Methodology

The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) tells us that they are “the only group directly engaging companies to improve disclosure and oversight of their political spending.” To that end, they have released their annual Index of Corporate and Political Disclosure. The Index is an evaluation of the top 300 US companies on 24 variables indicating, […]

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New CPA-Zicklin Index Flawed

“Like asking a fox to offer ‘best practices’ for henhouses.” The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today criticized the newly released 2014 Center for Political Accountability (CPA-Zicklin) index as a “flawed and partisan measure of corporate accountability.” “Treating the CPA-Zicklin Index as a measure of ‘best corporate practices’ is like asking foxes to offer best […]

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CPA Set to Release 2014 Index

The Center for Political Accountability (“CPA”), in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, is set to release its fourth annual CPA-Zicklin Index.  This Index purports to analyze and rank the corporate accountability and transparency of corporate political spending – ranking companies on a scale of 0 – 100. Since its inception […]

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Acton Institute: The Holy War on Corporate Politicking (In the News)

By Rev. Robert A. Sirico Another report, this one from the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based First Amendment advocacy group, deftly reveals the activists’ questionable strategies, funding and end game. The Center notes that many of these social justice activists couch their resolutions in language advocating the best interests of the company’s shareholders. Not surprisingly, CCP concludes, these arguments […]

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