Americans Need Disclosure To Exercise Accountability For Corporate Political Spending

Americans Need Disclosure To Exercise Accountability For Corporate Political Spending

By huge margins Americans confirm that if corporations are going to engage in political spending, that spending must be controlled by shareholders and accountable to the public. Eight out of 10 Americans (80%) agree that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they get approval from their shareholders first, which would be an important step towards allowing investors to control the political activities of the companies they own. Support for that proposition was at 78 percent among Republicans surveyed, and did not fall below 76 percent among all political subgroups.

Eight out of 10 Americans (81%) believe that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they disclose their spending immediately. This included 77 percent of Republicans and 91 percent of liberals surveyed. Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that prompt disclosure of political spending would help voters, customers, and shareholders hold companies accountable for political behavior. Support for that statement ranged from 83 percent to 92 percent across all political subgroups.