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October 03rd 2013:The Arrogance of Institutions (3): Citizens DisUnited—the Corporate Capture of the American Dream

“Corporate power has captured America." Their financial power now controls every stage of politics—executive, legislative & judicial. [And] CEOs have captured the power & riches of corporations.” No my guest isn’t the founder of Occupy Wall Street, Robert A. G. Monks is the founder of 4 businesses, a pioneering shareholder activist & author of “Citizens DisUnited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream. In his call-to-arms, Monks charges that democratic capitalism, the foundation of the US economic system, is a 1-way street serving CEOs with scant regard

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Robert A.G. Monks

Robert A.G. Monks, author of Citizens DisUnited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs, and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream and Corpocracy, Corporate Governance, Watching the Watchers, Corporate Valuation and others, is a pioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser. He has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues. He is a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services and GMIRatings (formerly The Corporate Library). He is the 2013 recipient of the Frankel Fiduciary Prize. Visit , and follow Bob Monks on Facebook and Twitter.
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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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