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



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



'Pay to play' politics is bad, but it works: business survey

July 11, 2016  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Report Details Crony Capitalism in New Mexico

January 28, 2016  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceFiscal HealthEconomic Growth



Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico Economy Stifled by Corruption, Cronyism, Says Report

January 28, 2016  |   CED in the News   |  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



Wall Street Journal: Report Shows Crony Capitalism Hurting U.S. Economy

October 15, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, 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



CED’s Mike Petro Weighs in on Campaign Finance Reform

July 30, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



Conference Keys to Restore Voter Confidence Start with Campaign Finance Reform

July 23, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



CED Unveils Recommendations to Transform U.S. Health Care

April 23, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Health Care, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceFiscal HealthHealth Care



Lawmakers Pen Bipartisan Campaign Finance Op-Ed, Highlight New CED Poll

March 12, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



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



Albuquerque Journal Spotlights CED's Campaign Finance Poll

March 01, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign Finance



CED Member Op-Ed on Reforming Campaign Finance in Chicago

February 09, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and Selection



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



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