Democratic Institutions


Building public trust in democratic institutions has been and will continue to be an important aspect of CED's programs on corporate governance, making Washington work, and money in politics. CED's corporate governance studies have encouraged corporate leaders to focus on long-term performance, integrate societal concerns into their strategies, and rebuild societal trust in business leadership. CED's "Making Washington Work" program strives to overcome the polarization and policy deadlock that harms the nation. And CED has been at the forefront of campaign finance and judicial selection reform since 1999. CED has successfully influenced major legislative battles, including passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in 2002. CED has worked with business leaders to identify the best policy ideas to avoid reputational risk and to increase disclosure.



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



Spring Policy Conference: April 13-14, 2016, Washington D.C.

CED's 2016 Spring Policy Conference took place on April 13-14 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington D.C. The two-day event convened national thought leaders from the business, policy, and academic sectors....

April 13, 2016  |   Event Democratic InstitutionsEducationEducationFiscal HealthGlobal Competitiveness



Steve Odland Details a 3-Part Plan to Close the U.S. Skills Gap

March 03, 2016  |   CED in the News   |  Education,  |  College- and Career-Ready,  |  Postsecondary Education, Democratic InstitutionsJudicial Independence and Selection



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



CED Members Talk Policy Priorities in 2016 Election Cycle

January 04, 2016  |   CED in the News Democratic InstitutionsEducationFiscal HealthGlobal Competitiveness



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



New CED Website Covers Economic, Educational Issues in 2016 Elections

November 19, 2015  |   CED in the News Democratic InstitutionsEducationFiscal HealthGlobal Competitiveness



CED Unveils Report on Judicial Selection Reform

November 18, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsJudicial Independence and Selection



CED Unveils Report on Crony Capitalism in America

October 15, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic Institutions



CED's Crony Capitalism Report Featured in Wall Street Journal

October 15, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic Institutions



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’s Petro to Speak at Election Reform Event in NYC

Recent American elections have been marked by a disturbing trend: an increasing number of citizens choosing not to participate at the ballot box.On July 22, CED will partner with the New York City Campaign Finance...

July 22, 2015  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic Institutions



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