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January 30th 2014:Pension Power and Corporate Accountability: an interview with NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Plus, whats up with the SEC?

He’s been called “the unsung hero of Albany.” As part of our series on leadership & governance, New York State’s popular Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli talks about using the power of the state’s $173 bn pension fund to improve corporate transparency, accountability & community responsibility. The leverage he and fellow public pension fund fiduciaries exercise produces stronger long-term investment performance benefitting not only their fund participants, but individual shareholders as well. Should mutual fund managers follow suit? A leader of campaign finance reform and environmental impact a

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Thomas P. DiNapoli

Thomas P. DiNapoli is the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller DiNapoli has aggressively fought misuse of public resources, strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, and consistently spoken out against fiscal gimmicks and government inefficiency. A diligent fiduciary of the $160.7 billion state pension fund, Comptroller DiNapoli is changing the way the fund operates to increase transparency and establish strong internal controls, ensuring the strongest investment performance and ethical operations. He instituted the most stringent reporting requirements on investments, fees and other information. He barred investment firms cont
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Liz Kennedy

Liz Kennedy is Counsel at Demos, working on issues in money in politics, voting rights, and corporate accountability. She is the author or co-author of “Bullies at the Ballot Box,” “Democracy at Stake: Protecting Democracy in the Super PAC Era,” “Citizens Actually United,” “Protecting the Freedom to Vote,” and “Ten Ways Citizens United Endangers Democracy.” Liz works to expand political participation and prevent voter disenfranchisement by eliminating barriers to voting and empowering voters. She focuses on money in politics to increase transparency and accountability for political spending, to work towards political equality, and to fight corruption of democratic government. She develops p
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