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Covington’s cross-disciplinary team of securities and election lawyers has advised clients on corporate political disclosure issues since they first became a significant issue in 2003. The firm is one of the only major law firms to represent a client in litigation involving political spending disclosures. Although much disclosure is already required by federal, state, and local campaign finance and lobbying laws, investors and other groups are increasingly seeking additional disclosures from corporations regarding their political and lobbying activities.

We expect this trend to continue, and frequently assist corporations in their engagement with investors and other groups regarding these issues.

Many corporations find themselves targeted because their “CPA-Zicklin Index” scores are viewed as low by activists. The CPA-Zicklin Index is a joint project of the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics at the Wharton School that attempts to score the political spending practices of public companies. Covington routinely advises companies regarding ways in which they can increase their CPA-Zicklin Index score and materially reduce their exposure to shareholder demands and litigation. This experience includes direct engagement with CPA on behalf of corporate clients.