Leading public corporations and their trade associations have quietly poured hundreds of millions of dollars over the decade into political groups influential in shaping state elections and resulting divisive policy agendas. Conflicted Consequences pulls back the curtain on the large, little-noticed donations by U.S. corporations and their trade associations to these so-called “527” groups and corrects a popular misconception that these companies are not major campaign finance players. The report shows how in today’s polarized environment, such spending may place companies in the bulls-eye for charges of acting hypocritically, fueling racial injustice, and supporting reduced access to affordable health insurance and attacks on effort address climate change and women’s and LGBTQ rights.

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