The Arrogance of Institutions: Dark Money Defenders attack Corporate Accountability &Transparency while Funding ReSegregation of US Elections
January 8, 2015
Hosted by Té Revesz
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“When donations are secret, a politician can quietly shake down a company. . . . Reliance on political spending lets companies engage in political shenanigans rather than sound competitive practice.“ So say my guests, Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability and former White House advisor Charles Kolb. Joined by quality guru John R. West, Global Reach examines the intersection of corporate governance, the new culture of transparency in political spending & corporate performance. We’ll compare the US stance against foreign bribery (via the FCPA) vs dark money & the “legalized bribery” embodied in the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and promoted by US Chamber of Commerce. Many of these dark money defenders are funding the REsegregation of American politics; how will this conflict with their stated support for diversity play out in the marketplace? What are the perils of outsourcing political spending? How could your global operations be affected?
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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.