corporate political activities


A Point For Democracy: Obama Advances Toward an Executive Order on Political Disclosure for Federal Contractors

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Last June, I wrote an open letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order to bring more transparency to corporate political disclosure. This is a step that I, along with many others, want to see Obama take before he leaves office—and now it just may happen. Read more >

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Who Obstructs Global Action On Climate Change? More Companies Than You Think, According To A New Analysis

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

UPDATE (Sep. 16, 4:05 p.m.): InsideClimate News reported this morning new evidence showing that ExxonMobil knew about the harms of global warming way back in 1977—several years before the 1981 ExxonMobil internal documents that UCS shared a few weeks ago. In fact, Exxon didn’t just know about the reality of global warming then, they were conducting scientific studies on the quantity, trends, and future impact of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide. Instead of preparing for these future challenges, the company instead chose to bury this deep scientific understanding and engage in more than 30 years of deceiving the public about the dangers of global warming. Read more >

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Why We Need an Executive Order on Political Spending: An Open Letter to President Obama

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Dear President Obama,

You’ve had a great week. With the Affordable Care Act upheld and nationwide marriage equality now the law, you must feel like celebrating. But wait!  Why not carry this momentum and take another step that would increase the equality and well-being of Americans?  I’m talking about an executive order asking government contractors to disclose their political spending. Read more >

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Will Shell Leave ALEC? An Executive Hints At An Exit

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Ask and you shell receive? (Sorry. Had to take that one.) It may be so. Last week, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden hinted that the company may leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by not renewing its membership, according to an interview with the Guardian. The statement comes after increasing pressure on Shell to leave the climate-misinformation-spreading lobbying organization. Read more >

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Peabody Energy, the EPA Clean Power Plan, and Corporate Consistency on Climate Change

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

I’ve talked a lot here about companies’ positions on climate change and how they do or don’t agree with other statements and actions companies take—from alignment with their trade group’s position, to looking at how they talk about their own climate risks, to taking a broader look at all company actions to help or inhibit progress on addressing climate change. Read more >

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