Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure Launches

CUNY TV Broadcasts Expert Panel Discussion at 11:30 p.m., Oct. 27

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New York, NY, October 24, 2011-- A dynamic panel discussion by some of today’s most influential corporate, academic and policy leaders will be re-broadcast at 11:30 p.m., Oct. 27 on CUNY TV. The panel discussion focuses on the topic of corporate political activity and follows the launch of The Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure by Baruch College’s Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.

On September 15, 2011, the Zicklin Center released results from The Baruch Index, which rates the S&P 100 companies from “transparent” to “opaque.” Research and results were 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 was followed by a 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.

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 system of 57 items measuring corporate political activity at all levels and branches of government. To learn more visit The Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure website.

CONTACT:

Manny Romero, Baruch College, (646) 660-6141, Manuel.Romero@baruch.cuny.edu