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Democratic Institutions


CED has been at the forefront of campaign finance reform since 1999. Since that time, major battles have been won, including passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in 2002. CED was instrumental in achiev- ing this victory by educating and mobilizing business leaders around the need for campaign finance reform and changing the perception, especially in the media, of the business community as supportive of the status quo campaign finance system.

Since the Supreme Court's ruling in early 2010 in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, key portions of long-standing campaign finance laws were overturned. CED is again working with business leaders to identify the best policy ideas and to increase disclosure by corporations, labor unions and trade associations. "In this election cycle, we are saying to business people, "don't contribute, but if you do contribute – disclose." – Michael Petro, Executive Vice President, CED



Building Supports for Successful Transitions Into the Workforce

In 2017, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) embarked upon a “listening tour” of business leaders and parents to discuss firsthand information about workplace demands and aspirations for high school graduates. With generous funding...

March 26, 2018  |     |  College- and Career-Ready,  |  Education,  |  Education, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceEducationEducation



The Landscape of Campaign Contributions

New data indicates that, during the 2016 federal election cycle, business corporations did not participate in campaign finance activities to the extent that many anticipated. Among the findings, business corporations made up six percent of...

July 10, 2017  |     |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Interim Report: The Landscape of Campaign Contributions

Following the landmark Citizens United ruling, corporations have not participated in campaign finance activities to the extent that many expected. In fact, major companies are not making independent expenditures, and very few public companies...

November 02, 2016  |   Policy Position   |  Sustainable Capitalism,  |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Money in Politics Chicago Briefing

CED was hosted by Crain’s Chicago Business for a breakfast presentation and poll release on money in politics and corruption in Chicago politics to an audience of approximately 50 local business leaders. The panel...

July 12, 2016  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Crony Capitalism, Corruption and the Economy in the State of New Mexico

Crony Capitalism, Corruption and the Economy in the State of New Mexico outlines the rise of crony capitalism in the state and puts forth a three-step plan that eliminates corruption and energizes economic growth.The...

January 27, 2016  |   Policy Position   |  Sustainable Capitalism,  |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



The Conference Board Governance Center Releases Key Report on Corporate Political Spending and Disclosure

The Conference Board Governance Center’s Committee on Corporate Political Spending is today releasing a comprehensive new report featuring suggested policies and practices for companies engaging in political activity. Corporate Political Spending ...

December 04, 2015  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Crony Capitalism:  Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government

Crony Capitalism: Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government, focuses on the growing public perception of a crony form of capitalism in America, and discusses the three interconnected trends that we believe are primarily responsible for...

October 14, 2015  |   Policy Position   |  Money in Politics,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceFiscal HealthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Poll: New Mexico Business Leaders Support Campaign Finance Reform

Poll ResultsThe Committee for Economic Development commissioned this poll to assess New Mexico business leaders' perceptions of the influence of money in politics, campaign finance reform and transparency, and proposals the New Mexico State...

March 02, 2015  |   Poll Results   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



New York City Partial-Public Matching Program: A Model of Successful Campaign Finance Reform

By Amy Morse Associate Director of Programs Committee for Economic Development On March 27, 2014, CED hosted the Executive Director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, Amy Loprest, for a forum with business and...

May 29, 2014  |   Blog   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Spring Policy Conference, May 1-2, 2014: Washington, DC

Please join the Committee for Economic Development for our two-day Spring Policy Conference on May 1-2, 2014.This year’s program will feature in-depth conversations with senior leaders, CEOs, economists, and policy makers, on early...

May 01, 2014  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and SelectionEducationEarly ChildhoodForeign LanguagesK-12PostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax ReformGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Government Reform 2.0: A New Look at Government Reform and Why it Should Matter to the Next Generation of Business Leaders

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) and co-hosts George Ranney, President and CEO of Metropolis Strategies, and Ron Grzywinski, Co-founder of ShoreBank Corporation, will host a breakfast forum on the role of money in politics...

March 27, 2014  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and Selection



Women in Leadership: Reversing Civic Recession by Addressing the Bottom Line

Please join the Committee for Economic Development (CED), NY LEAD, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Americans for Campaign Reform (ACR) for a luncheon and discussion with business and civic leaders on women in public...

March 03, 2014  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceGlobal CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



CED’s Latest Report Highlights Historical Perspectives on Money in Politics

Over the past 45 years, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) has engaged in advocacy for campaign finance reform. In 1968, CED issued its first call for campaign finance reform with the release of its report, Financing...

November 22, 2013  |   Blog   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



CED’s Longstanding, Nonpartisan Call to Action on Money in Politics

Over the past 45 years, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) has engaged in advocacy for campaign finance reform. In 1968, CED issued its first call for campaign finance reform with the release of its...

November 22, 2013  |   Policy Position   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Perspectives from Business on Campaign Finance Reform

The Committee for Economic Development and the Conference Board Governance Center hosted a luncheon policy event featuring a new report from CED and a national business leader survey on the role of money in politics...

July 31, 2013  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



New CED Report: Promoting Small Donor Democracy: The Value of Public Matching Programs in NYC

On Friday, March 8th, CED released its latest report, Promoting Small Donor Democracy: The Value of Public Matching Programs in New York City. The report, by campaign finance expert Anthony Corrado, finds that a multiple...

March 08, 2013  |   Blog   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Promoting Small Donor Democracy

On Friday, March 8th, CED released its latest report, Promoting Small Donor Democracy: The Value of Public Matching Programs in New York City. The report, by campaign finance expert Anthony Corrado, finds that a multiple...

March 08, 2013  |     |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



NY Business Leaders: It’s Time for Campaign Finance Reform

New York State's business leaders have weighed in: they are deeply concerned about the role of big money in the state's politics and would support comprehensive reforms.The Committee for Economic Development (CED),...

November 01, 2012  |   Blog   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Poll: New York Business Leaders Overwhelmingly Support Reform of State Campaign Finance Rules

NEW YORK—New York business leaders believe the state's current campaign finance rules benefit major donors at the cost of ordinary citizens– and overwhelmingly want the system reformed, according to a first-of-its-kind...

October 25, 2012  |   Poll Results   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Poll Shows New York Business Leaders Want State Campaign Finance Reform

On October 25, 2012 the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and the Brennan Center for Justice announced results of a Zogby Analytics poll commissioned by CED that demonstrated broad support among New York business leaders for reforming...

October 25, 2012  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



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