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quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and
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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)
When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play
No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye
- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins
MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
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The Center for Political Accountability sees corporate political contributions as playing the same role for shareholders and financial analysts that canaries played for miners. The birds warned of potentially fatal concentrations of gas in the mine shafts. In the case of shareholders, disclosing political contributions can alert them to possible problems in management performance or behavior and problems with a company's business strategy that would otherwise be missed. A close review of a company's contributions also can raise questions about whether the contributions are aligned with the company's real interests or whether they are being made for unrelated purposes that could have negative consequences for the company.
The Green Canary is a timely call for transparency and accountability in corporate political giving. As canaries once served to warn coal miners of danger, so too, disclosure of corporate political contributions can function as an effective means of alerting shareholders and financial analysts to possible management, reputational and other problems that may negatively affect shareholder value.
Despite legislation to reform campaign financing, corporations still are not required to disclose their soft money contributions. The authors examine the risks posed to shareholders by the absence of disclosure, explore the significant implications of loose internal controls over corporate soft money giving in light of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and present two methods of evaluating corporate political activity to reveal possible management problems that could damage shareholder investment.
The paper first offers five case studies where disclosure of a company's donations and an explanation of the underlying business rationale could have served as a check on executive misbehavior. Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom, Qwest and Westar Energy each made corporate contributions a key part of their business strategies, enabling them to avoid oversight, engage in alleged illegal activities and gain uncharacteristic advantage in the marketplace - the combination of which led to their ignominious downfall at the expense of their shareholders.
The authors then further illustrate how disclosure can protect a corporate reputation and, conversely, how inattention to the final destination of soft money can create serious risks to a company. Examples highlight the problems that can arise when there is a discrepancy between a company's policies and practices and the policies of a candidate or group receiving the company's money.
Lastly, two significant measures of company policies and practices are presented to evaluate potential risks of a corporation's giving. For shareholders and analysts, the CPA Rating on political transparency and accountability and the Comparative Giving Assessment (CGA) are equivalent to canaries in a coal mine.
- "The Green Canary: Alerting Shareholders and Protecting Their Investments," Center for Political Accountability http://www.politicalaccountability.net/, Co-Directors Bruce F. Freed and John C. Richardson with Senior Research Analysts Jamie Carroll and Daniel I. McQueen, http://www.politicalaccountability.net/gcreport/indexgc.htm
File Name: cpa_green_canary200502.djvu (505 KB)
Note: As an alternative you can download the (3,000 KB) PDF version from Center for Political Accountability's web server by copying the following URL into your web browser: http://www.politicalaccountability.net/cpa%20p.pdf
Post Date: February 18, 2005 at 8:10 AM CST; 1410 GMT
A public interest advocacy group, the Center for Political Accountability is spearheading a national effort to bring transparency and accountability to corporate political giving. Since October 2003, it has been working with institutional investors and other groups to persuade companies to disclose and explain the business purpose of their soft money contributions and identify the corporate officers involved in the decisions.