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Proxy Voting Fact Sheet (July 2014)

The number of shareholder proposals on the disclosure of corporate political contributions more than doubled in the last 5 years. While the US Securities and Exchange Commission dropped rulemaking on this issue from its list of priorities, investors continue to express concern about a lack of transparency on political spending. This report analyzes annual shareholder meetings held at Russell 3000 companies and shows that investors filed 86 such resolutions in the first half of 2014, compared to 78 in 2013 and 34 during the same period in 2009 (prior to the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision).

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