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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Long-term investment beliefs are focus of P&I-Oxford survey – a few days left to participate!

Network for Sustainable Financial Markets has posted a new item, ‘Long-term investment beliefs are focus of P&I-Oxford survey – a few days left to participate!’

Pensions & Investments and Oxford University launched a survey on May 23 exploring long-term investment beliefs.

Institutional investors ? including executives at pension funds, foundations, endowments and sovereign wealth funds ? as well as investment managers and investment consultants are being surveyed.

Results will be published July 23. There is still time to participate ? the survey closes June 15. Follow this link.

?The idea behind the survey: If investors better understand their and others? long-term investment beliefs, they can better identify the hard-to-pinpoint risk and return opportunities that generate long-term outperformance.

Gordon Clark, Halford Mackinder professor of geography at Oxford?s Centre for the Environment, Oxford, England, said of the survey: ?We feel that not only will the end knowledge gleaned from this research be of use to institutional investors? objectives in responsible long-term investing, but also the self-criticality entailed in answering the survey questions will help you cast your own understanding of markets in a completely new light.?

In addition to more general questions about their investment beliefs, those surveyed are asked about passive investing, risk premiums, contrarian investing and rules-based strategies.

An analysis of the results will be done by Oxford?s research team, under Mr. Clark?s leadership.

Survey responses are anonymous.?

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