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Wednesday, October 30, Capitol Hill Briefing On Why the SEC Should Require Corporations to Disclose Their Political Spending

The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering proposing a rulemaking which would require publicly-traded companies to disclose funds spent with the purpose of influencing elections. Compelling evidence exists to support the rulemaking, both from the standpoint of shareholders whose investments may be jeopardized by errant political spending, and from the American voters who have clearly indicated that secret election spending is bad for the country. This rule is critical for both the market and democracy.

Please join Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Professor Robert Jackson of Columbia Law, Professor John Coates of Harvard Law, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director for Corporate Governance Anne Simpson from CalPERs Pension Fund, Pat Doherty from the Office of the New York State Comptroller (invited), and founder of GMI Ratings Nell Minow for a briefing on the critical importance of political spending disclosure.

When: Wednesday, October 30 at 2 p.m.
Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485, Washington, D.C.


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