“Despite Strong Headwinds, 2018 CPA-Zicklin Index Finds Company Political Disclosure Holds Steady”


Public corporations embracing disclosure and accountability of their political spending are holding fast despite countervailing pressures from Washington.

That’s the chief finding to emerge from a non-partisan study released today by the Center for Political Accountability (CPA) and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Released in the run-up to the high-stakes 2018 midterm election, this year’s index is the first to examine these trends during an entire year of the Trump Administration and a Republican majority Congress.

It finds a pattern of large public companies holding steady in accepting and practicing disclosure and accountability with regard to their election-related spending. In several key categories, more companies are letting in sunlight or strengthening their related practices.

Data reflecting these trends are found in the 8th annual CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, issued by CPA in conjunction with the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center at The Wharton School.


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