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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.



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



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



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



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



Spring Policy Conference: April 22-23, Washington D.C.

Thanks to all who attended CED's 2015 Spring Policy Conference, held in Washington D.C. at the Willard InterContinental Hotel.CED’s policy conferences are forums for Members, senior policy makers, and industry leaders...

April 22, 2015  |   Event   |  Education, Democratic InstitutionsEducationEarly ChildhoodFiscal HealthGlobal Competitiveness



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



EYE-CATCHING DATA, REDUX

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchEarly this month, we talked about the jarringly negative “final” first-quarter GDP report.  The -2.9 percent (annual rate) drop caused more than a...

July 30, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsJudicial Independence and SelectionFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



The United States Export Import Bank - Mission Impossible

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesThe DebateCongress is debating whether to renew the U.S. Ex-Im Bank’s lending (and debt guarantee) authority. The bank’s loans...

June 25, 2014  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthGlobal Competitiveness



Gentlemen, Go to Your Corners! The Fight over U.S. Natural Gas Exports

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesThe U.S. shale gas boom could be a “game changer” for U.S. manufacturing, particularly for energy intensive industries that use a...

June 18, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthGlobal Competitiveness



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



Trustee Blog: Paula Stern on Importance of More Careers in Computer Science

March was yet another month of lackluster growth, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7%.  (America lacks a quick, comprehensive way to measure the losses of “underemployment.”)  Americans not working at full...

April 04, 2014  |   Blog Democratic InstitutionsEducationK-12Postsecondary



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



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@CEDUpdate Monday, the Supreme Court postponed ruling on partisan gerrymandering. ICYMI read our solution to the problem: ced.org/reports/single…