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February 14th 2013:Corporate Campaign Spending: the Fallout on Competitiveness, Corruption, Corporate Governance and Political Accountability

Directly and through their trade associations, companies poured over $3 billion into the 2012 elections. Are they suffering from buyers regret? Thought leaders Bruce Freed (Center for Political Accountability) and Charles Kolb (French-American Foundation) talk about how campaign spending is skewing the market, hurting the economy and damaging democracy—not to mention producing unintended consequences for donors. Three years after Citizens United, why do so many companies feel like victims of a political shakedown? How have their investments in "pro-business" candidates yielded outcomes that hu

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Bruce F. Freed

Bruce F. Freed is President and a founder of the Center for Political Accountability ( Additionally, he is on the advisory boards of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Transparency International -US. He has spoken and written extensively on corporate political spending and the importance of disclosure and accountability in managing the risks it poses to companies and shareholders. CPA has led the effort for the past decade to bring transparency and accountability to corporate political spending. Mr. Freed brings over 30 years of e
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Charles E.M. Kolb

Charles Kolb was President of the French-American Foundation—United States, located in New York City, from August 2012 until August 2014. The French-American Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the United States dedicated specifically to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. It does so by bringing together leaders, policymakers and a full range of professionals to exchange views, share best practices, and consider how each country might benefit from the expertise and experience of the other. Prior to joining the French-American Foundation, he was President of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) from 1997 to 2012 and served as General Counse
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