Money in Politics

Around the world, company management may give company money to politicians through any number of 'dark money' channels. Such a use of company assets may interfere with investor's interests, and corrupt societal checks and balances.



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Every dollar spent on political influence yields a $20 return in future earnings

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3 months

Activist shareholders plan to advocate for disclosure of all political spending at spring shareholder meetings

About $750 million in dark money contributions poured into the 2020 elections. Now, a growing group…

4 months, 2 weeks

Facebook and Amazon Boosted Lobbying Spending in 2020

WASHINGTON-Big technology companies are bracing for a new administration and new scrutiny of their …

7 months, 4 weeks

Major corporations say they will stop donating to members of Congress who tried to overturn the election

On January 6, a violent mob stormed the Capitol of the United States, disrupting the joint session …

8 months, 2 weeks

Google bans political ads until the inauguration

Google said it would not allow political ads on its platforms until after Inauguration Day because …

8 months, 2 weeks

Campaign finance system rocked as firms pause or halt contributions after election results challenged

Several major companies on Monday said they planned to cut off political donations to the 147 membe…

8 months, 2 weeks

A Company Backs a Cause. It Funds a Politician Who Doesn’t. What Gives?

As the world expects more of corporations, it is untenable to support social and environmental caus…

1 year, 2 months

A Trump Administration Plan that Could Boost Corporate ‘Dark Money’ in Elections

The Trump administration is pushing a proposal that could change how much untraceable " dark money …

1 year, 10 months

Seattle’s upcoming election is inundated with tech money — and it’s not just Amazon

The tech industry is taking an unprecedented interest in Seattle's upcoming election, spending big …

1 year, 10 months

Corporate Action on Climate Change Has to Include Lobbying

Executive Summary The climate crisis is upon us, and there's no time to wait for voluntary corporat…

1 year, 10 months

Petitions


BlackRock Dimensional Fund Ad… Fidelity
Disclose Corporate Political Activity

Fossil fuel companies exert a great deal of influence over climate and energy policy at the federal, state, local and international levels – yet much

$700.3 million supporting

AT&T Inc.
AT&T: Disclose Your Lobbying

AT&T should be more transparent about its lobbying expenditures

$41.5 million supporting

Oracle Corporation
Oracle: Report on Lobbying

Oracle should disclose its lobbying activities and expenditures

$1.1 million supporting

United Parcel Servi…
UPS: Disclose Your Lobbying

UPS should be more transparent about its lobbying expenditures

$1.1 million supporting

AbbVie Inc.
Abbvie Should Disclose its Lobbying Expenditures

AbbVie should disclose lobbying activities so shareholders can assess which are consistent with the company's expressed goals.

$1.1 million supporting

Exxon Mobil Corpora…
Exxon: Disclose your Lobbying

Exxon should be more transparent about corporate lobbying expenditures designed to influence legislation and regulation

$1.1 million supporting

Chevron Corporation
Climate Deception and Accountability

Major fossil fuel companies have known for decades that their products—oil, natural gas, and coal—cause global warming. Their own scientists told them

$11.6 million supporting

Verizon Communicati…
Verizon: Report on Lobbying

Verizon should disclose lobbying activities and expenditures to ensure its lobbying is consistent with its expressed goals and shareholder interests

$11.0 million supporting

International Busin…
IBM: Disclose Your Lobbying

IBM should be more transparent about its lobbying expenditures

$24.8 million supporting

Exxon Mobil Corpora…
Lobbying

Minimal lobbying disclosure among major corporations prevents shareholders from knowing whether companies advocate covertly for the same issues they c

$5.7 million supporting