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Four miles north of the occupied Zuccotti Park, where protesters have urged an end to corporate influence in politics, business executives met at the Waldorf Astoria, the former home of President Herbert Hoover, to talk about transparency and accountability in corporate political spending.
The Symposium on Corporate Political Spending was organized by the Conference Board, a nonprofit group that seeks to educate corporations about business practices to better serve the public, and led by executives from a wide array of companies including Microsoft, Merck, Coca-Cola, Exelon and Pfizer. The message they delivered was far different than the one voiced by the protesters, but clearly influenced by the rising demand for accountability.
Attendees at the symposium also heard from lawyers Trevor Potter
, president and counsel at the Campaign Legal Center and a partner at Caplin & Drysdale; Karl Sandstrom, of counsel to Perkins Coie; and Stefan Passantino, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge.
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