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Corporate Power

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Government Capture – Two Ways it Affects Us All

In the past couple of decades our country has been deeply divided on a number of topics but two issues stand out in the arena of corporate power over government: Health Care Legislation & War with Iraq.   Did you wonder, during all of the finagling over the Health Care… December 7, 2011 | Capture , Corporate Power , corporate social responsibility
Friday, December 2, 2011

Judge Rakoff Rejects the SEC Deal with Citigroup

Truthdig named Judge Jed Rakoff "Truthdigger of the Week," and rightly so.  Judge Rakoff performed a public service in rejecting the SEC's deal with Citigroup this week.  These no-fault settlements are nothing but corporate power over government and regulation in its purest form.  We hear the same excuses all… December 2, 2011 | Capture , Corporate Power , SEC
Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Sends A Powerful Message

  I continue to be impressed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. They are a daily, hourly reminder of the dysfunctionality of our political and economic system, and of the power appropriated by a small group of people in this country. People say their message is unclear but I say their… October 21, 2011 | CEO Pay , Corporate Power , capitalism , accountability
Friday, September 30, 2011

After ICGN: What Happens Now

I think the whole experience of delivering highly publicized speeches (my recent ICGN speech is here) to an entire constituency gives you the opportunity to ask a self-answering question. And the real question is, what is anybody going to do? What’s going to be different? Is anything going to be different?   … September 30, 2011 | Supreme Court , Corporate Power , institutional investors , capitalism , financial crisis
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Corpocracy revisited

My book Corpocracy was a sleeper.  It got very little notice but I consistently hear from people who've read it and been influenced by it.  It was an important book for me:  yes, it was still largely about business and governance but it was also about democratic capitalism and… June 15, 2011 | accountability , Corporate Power , Citizens United , corporate speech
Friday, April 29, 2011

Reading: Public Law and Private Power by John Cioffi

It is a fine analysis of the interrelationship of corporate governance and conventional political considerations.  In particular, this passage stuck out for me, “It is difficult if not impossible to determine whether, or to what extent, managers seek to maintain autonomy from the state for ideological and normative reasons… April 29, 2011 | accountability , CEO Pay , CEO power , Corporate Power
Monday, April 18, 2011

Goldman's Tin Ear?

Apparently, the questions raised with Goldman Sachs in the Hearings a year ago before the Financial Crisis Investigations Committee and Senator Levin's sub committee will persist. Was Goldman "tin eared", a little less than candid or did they deliberately misrepresent facts? Both Levin's committee and the newly published Money… April 18, 2011 | accountability , Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission , financial crisis , fiduciary duty , self-regulation , Corporate Power
Friday, March 4, 2011

The Story of Citizens United

Bob called this new video by Annie Leonard a "very clear, very coherent description of the issues."   The video clearly lays out the problems caused by Citizens United and proposes a constitutional amendment to address these issues and allay corporate takeover of our political system.  Check Free Speech for… March 4, 2011 | Citizens United , Corporate Power
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bulletproof Interview Special - Robert Monks on the Crossroads of Corporate Governance and Public Interest

As part of a continuing series of Bulletproof Blog™ video interviews with thought leaders across multiple disciplines and industry sectors, we recently attended the NACD Directorship 100 Forum in New York City to gain leading insights on the foremost corporate governance challenges facing boards of directors today. While there,… March 3, 2011 | corporate governance , Dodd-Frank , Corporate Power , Citizens United
Friday, January 21, 2011

One Year Later: The Long Shadow of Citizens United

An anniversary Here we are one year out from the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United.  There are events marking the anniversary all over the country (see here) and C-SPAN is covering the event in Washington DC.  Is there a difference between political donations from people who have lots… January 21, 2011 | Campaign Finance , Citizens United , Corporate Power , judicial activism , Supreme Court , corporate speech
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Citizens United as a pivotal event of 2010

Bob Monks discusses corporate speech & the impact of Citizens United. This decision "has allowed corporate CEOs to become a dominant force in the the government of the United States." December 22, 2010. archives.ragm.com December 29, 2010 | Corporate Power , Campaign Finance , Citizens United , corporate speech
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