Unrestricted Corporate Campaign Contributions: the Best ROI or a Bad Investment? How Does Your Company Rate?

January 26, 2012
Hosted by Té Revesz

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The Supreme Court's Jan. 2010 Citizens United (CU) decision allowed unrestricted corporate contributions to political candidates; it fundamentally changed America's electoral process and tilted the playing field for any firm doing business in the US. What does CU mean for corporations? Their shareholders? Is political spending the best ROI or can it damage the brand and the bottom line? Can shareholder democracy protect your investment? What if a firm doesn't want to pay to play? This week's guests are changing the ground rules in post-CU America. Harvard Law Professor John Coates shows how political spending impacts shareholder wealth. Bruce Freed (the Center for Political Accountability) convinces firms to commit to transparency and accountability in political spending. Jeff Merritt shows how public pension fund trustees like the NYC Public Advocate are protecting all shareholders. Whether your firm makes campaign contributions or your competitor does, you need to tune in this week.

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz

Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.

As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.

Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.

An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.

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