Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity Launches Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure

LIVE! Webcast of Expert Panel Discussion on September 15

NEW YORK, NY, September 14, 2011-- On September 15, 2011, Baruch College’s Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity will release results from The Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure, which rates the S&P 100 companies from “transparent” to “opaque.” Research and results will be presented by Donald H. Schepers, Ph.D., Director of the RZCCI and Naomi A. Gardberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Baruch College. The presentation will be followed by what is sure to be a challenging discussion between some of today’s most influential corporate, academic and policy leaders.

The panel discussion moderated by Ric Marshall, Chief Analyst, Governance Metrics International (GMI) will feature Barbara Bonfiglio, Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer; J. Adam Skaggs, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; and Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow / Manager, Civil Justice Reform Initiative, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation, who will discuss all sides of this important issue.

The Baruch Index results presentation and panel discussion will be broadcast LIVE! on the Baruch College website at 8:30 a.m., ET. To view the Webcast, visit: http://bit.ly/BIwebcast

In January 2010, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. That verdict allowed corporations (among others) to be much more active in election campaigns, through methods that are publicly disclosed as well as methods that are both undisclosed and unlimited. The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity initiated the creation of the Baruch Index in order to track corporate disclosure of these activities, by rating the S&P 100 companies with a weighted system of 57 items measuring corporate political activity at all levels and branches of government. On September 15, the index results will be presented by Donald H. Schepers, Ph.D., Director of the RZCCI and Naomi A. Gardberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Baruch College.

WHAT: The Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure

WHEN: Thursday, September 15

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Continental breakfast served at 8:00 a.m.)

WHERE: Baruch College

Newman Vertical Campus – CC H 763

55 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Space and accommodations for post-event interviews with panelists and researchers are available.

For more information and media requests, please contact Manny Romero at (646) 660-6141 Manuel.Romero@baruch.cuny.edu