On October 20, 2011, The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending hosted a public symposium to discuss the issues and the steps that corporations can take to participate in the political process in a thoughtful, responsible, and proactive way.

During the symposium, attendees heard from corporate, investor, and legal authorities in the fields of election law, corproate governance, and public policy. Building on The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending's report, Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability and Disclosure, which was released in advance copy at the symposium, members of the committee shared how their organizations came to the decisions they did and what their plans are for moving forward through 2012.

Read Trevor Potter's Opening Remarks

Read Trevor Potter's Opening Remarks

 

Read the Press Coverage

With Political Spending Outrage In The Streets, Corproate Leaders Talk About Transparency, Accountability
Huffington Post (October 21, 2011)

'Pivotal Role' for General Counsel in Corporate Political Activity
Corporate Counsel (October 24, 2011)

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Symposium Speakers

Wesley Bizzell
Assistant General Counsel and Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs
Altria Client Services Inc.

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Wesley Bizzell

Dan Bross
Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship
Microsoft Corporation

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Dan Bross

Charles Grezlak
Vice President, State Government Affairs and Policy
Merck & Co., Inc.

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R. William Ide, III
Chairman, Governance Center Advisory Board
R.William.IdeIII@conferenceboard.org

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R. William Ide, III

Bess Joffe
Vice President, Investor Relations
Goldman Sachs

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Bess Joffe

Matthew Lepore
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
BASF Corporation

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Matthew Lepore

Stefan C. Passantino
Partner
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLC

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Stefan C. Passantino

Trevor Potter
Member, Washington D.C.
Caplin & Drysdale

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Trevor Potter

Karl J. Sandstrom
Of Counsel
Perkins Coie LLP

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Karl J. Sandstrom

Timothy Smith
Senior Vice President and Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement
Walden Asset Management

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Timothy Smith

John C. Wilcox
Chairman
Sodali, Ltd.

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John C. Wilcox

Bruce G. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Exelon Corporation

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Bruce G. Wilson
Download the Committee's Report

You can now download the Committee's latest Report, Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability, and Disclosure (2nd Edition).

Complimentary registration required.

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Handbook on Corporate Political Activity
This handbook offers an overview of the legal rules and standard practices related to political activity, as well as a discussion of internal oversight of political spending.

Complimentary registration required.

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Download the Symposium Agenda