BUYER BEWARE: HOW HOLIDAY SHOPPING DOLLARS CAN FUEL A CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING SPREE

Bill De Blasio, NYC Public Advocate, Coalition for Accountability presented The Holiday Shopping Guide on the show today, which identifies the following companies as lacking in transparency in their political spending practices:

•       MasterCard

•       Amazon.com

•       Wal-Mart

•       CVS Caremark Corp.

•       Costco

•       Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

•       Walgreen Co.

•       Sprint Nextel Corp.

•       Walt Disney Co.

•       NIKE, Inc.

•       Berkshire Hathaway (owner of Fruit of the Loom and Russell Athletic)

The most transparent corporations in the guide?

•       MICROSOFT

•       Victoria’s Secret

•       Colgate-Palmolive

•       IBM

To see each corporations exactly spending, visit: politicalspending.org

The companies presented in the Holiday Shopping Guide were selected based on their rankings in the Baruch Index of Corporate Political Disclosure (“Baruch Index”) and CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Accountability and Disclosure (“CPA Index”).  Both examine the policies of companies in the S&P 100 according to their level of public disclosure and transparency.