2011 Symposium on Corporate Political Spending

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)

Symposium Speakers

Wesley Bizzell
Assistant General Counsel
Altria Client Services Inc.
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Stefan Passantino
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
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Dan Bross
Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship
Microsoft Corporation
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Trevor Potter
Former Comissioner and Chairman
Federal Election Commission
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Charles Grezlak
Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy
Merck & Co.
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Karl Sandstrom
Of Counsel
Perkins Coie LLP
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R. William Ide
Chairman, Governance Center
Adviosry Group
The Conference Board
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Timothy Smith
Senior Vice President and Director
of ESG Shareowner Engagement
Walden Asset Management
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Bess Joffe
Vice President, Investor Relations
Goldman Sachs
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John C. Wilcox
Sodali Ltd.
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Matthew Lepore
Vice President and Corporate Secretary,
Chief Counsel - Corporate Governance
Pfizer Inc.
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 Bruce Wilson
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
& Corporate Secretary
Exelon Corporation
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Updated: 01/14/2015


Download the Committee's Report
You can now download the Committee's Report, Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability, and Disclosure.

Complimentary registration required.

Download the report

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.

Download the report

Download the Symposium Agenda
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