Operations, Compliance, and Accountability in Corporate Political Spending

A Dialogue Regarding What, How, and Why

by Michael D. Greenberg

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This symposium posed a series of questions about operations, compliance, ethics, and transparency in corporate political spending (CPS) disclosure. Participants discussed components of strong CPS compliance programs and mechanisms. They also discussed some of the practical problems that responsible executives, including compliance and ethics officers and general counsels, have encountered when dealing with corporate political disclosures. Other topics included crafting corporate political accountability mechanisms and compliance policies to reinforce their effectiveness and ensuring that executives who are responsible for political spending accountability, regardless of their function within management, contribute to the broader public policy goal of achieving greater transparency and accountability in corporate political spending.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Opening Remarks

  • Chapter Three

    Bringing Accountability to Corporate Political Spending

  • Chapter Four

    Making Corporate Political Transparency Effective

  • Appendix A

    Symposium Agenda

  • Appendix B

    Symposium Participant List

Funding for this RAND-Initiated Research was provided by philanthropic contributions from RAND supporters and income from operations and was conducted by the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance within the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.

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