Since 2003, the Center for Political Accountability has spearheaded a successful campaign for disclosure and accountability in corporate political spending. Corporations are today’s top political spenders at the state and local level, and they are a dominant force in shaping policy. Where no one else has succeeded, CPA has employed a common ground proposal to change corporate political spending norms.
Bringing Sunlight to Shadowy Spending
“Do you know which candidates your company is funding?” FORTUNE magazine asked recently.
For answers, FORTUNE directed readers to the annual transparency and accountability Index we produce. Fifteen years ago, you couldn’t find these answers anywhere.
With Congress and regulatory agencies deadlocked, CPA alone is helping corporations shine sunlight on their previously undisclosed spending. We are achieving disclosure and board oversight of company spending that once was hidden.
Highlights of CPA at Work
INNOVATION: CPA uses an innovative strategy of shareholder engagement to persuade corporations to disclose their political spending, and to oversee it.
COLLABORATION: We’ve teamed up with some of the premier business organizations and academic institutions in the U.S. to sponsor groundbreaking roundtables, write authoritative reports, produce the annual CPA-Zicklin Index on Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability (beginning in 2011) and develop the first business school course focusing on these issues.
DISTINCTION: For its pioneering work, CPA won the prestigious Joan Bavaria Innovation Award in 2010 from Ceres, the largest coalition of socially responsible investors, environmental groups and public interest organizations in North America.
EXPOSURE: We’ve captured extensive national attention in both mainstream news media and business media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News Service, NPR, and Financial Times. Our op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, Reuters, The Hill, US News & World Report, and Financial Times.
CPA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-exempt.
Our IRS Form 990 is available here: 2015
Our donors can be found here.