Project on Corporate Political Spending

The Project on Corporate Political Spending, operated by the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and the Harvard Law School Program on Law and Finance, seeks to foster research, discourse, and education with respect to political spending by public companies and their officeholders.

Research studies on the subject by faculty and fellows associated with the Programs include:

The Untenable Case for Keeping Investors in the Dark

Lucian A. Bebchuk, Robert J. Jackson, Jr., James David Nelson, and Roberto Tallarita
Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance Discussion Paper (2018)

Citizens United as Bad Corporate Law

Jonathan R. Macey and Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business Discussion Paper No. 972 (2018)

Corporate Power Ratchet: The Courts’ Role in Eroding ‘We the People’s’ Ability to Constrain Our Corporate Creations

Leo E. Strine, Jr.
51 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 423-480 (2016)

Originalist or Original: The Difficulties of Reconciling Citizens United with Corporate Law History

Leo E. Strine, Jr. and Nicholas Walter
91 Notre Dame Law Review, 877-934 (2016)

Corporate Speech & the First Amendment: History, Data, and Implications

John C. Coates, IV
30 Constitutional Commentary, 223-275 (2015)

Conservative Collision Course?: The Tension between Conservative Corporate Law Theory and Citizens United

Leo E. Strine, Jr. and Nicholas Walter
100 Cornell Law Review, 335-390 (2015)

Shining Light on Corporate Political Spending

Lucian A. Bebchuk and Robert J. Jackson, Jr.
101 Georgetown Law Journal, 923-967 (2013)

Corporate Politics, Governance, and Value Before and After Citizens United

John C. Coates, IV
9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 657-696 (2012)

Fulfilling Kennedy‘s Promise: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity

John C. Coates, IV and Taylor Lincoln
Public Citizen Report (2011)

Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides?

Lucian A. Bebchuk and Robert J. Jackson, Jr.
124 Harvard Law Review, 83-117 (2010)

Corporate Governance and Corporate Political Activity: What Effect Will Citizens United Have on Shareholder Wealth?

John C. Coates, IV
Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business Discussion Paper No. 684 (2010)