‘We the People’ Already Have a Partial Road Map to Fight Citizens United: Stocks and Mutual Funds

Shari Dunn

Shari Dunn

Guest Post by Shari Dunn is an attorney and journalist who is also a “True Believer,” Bon Vivant, Raconteur, Creative, Dreamer and Muse. 

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have. 

That’s one of Dunn’s favorite quotes from Margaret Mead. In this guest post (originally posted at Tweeting For Change, she interviews Julie Goodridge, CEO of NorthStar Asset Management, one of the primary movers behind a group that recently came to my defense after I was sued by several companies for simply fling shareowner proposals. See SRI Funds & Advisors Send Open Letters on Lawsuits Against Shareholders. Here, Shari Dunn talks to Julie Goodridge about owners taking participation to the next level. Continue Reading →

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eBay (EBAY): How I Voted – Proxy Score 50

ebayeBay $EBAY, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/13/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/7/2014.  I voted with management 50% of the time.  View Proxy Statement.

Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of management’s recommendations. (See Broken Windows & Proxy Vote Rigging – Both Invite More Serious Crime) Continue Reading →

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CtW Urges Shareowners Vote Against Pay at McDonalds

McDonaldsOn 5-7-2014, CtW Investment Group filed a notice of exempt solicitation, urging shareholders to vote against company’s say-on-pay proposal at the 2014 annual meeting. CtW said that the compensation committee failed to modify its executive pay practices. Instead, its practices provided elevated pay even when performance declined. CtW is also concerned about declining financial and operating performance. $MCD’s share price trailed the S&P 500 by 45% in last five years and revenue, gross profits and operating income has been stagnant since 2010. The company also failed to address the growing public concern of strikes and protests by the food service employees even after it was acknowledged by the board that concern over income inequality poses a risk to its business. Continue Reading →

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American Express (AXP): How I Voted – Proxy Score 47

               American Express Company $AXP is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on 5/12/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked and voted on 5/4/2014.  I voted with management 47% of the time.  View AXP’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly. My recommendations on how to vote the AXP proxy follows.

Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of management’s recommendations. (See Broken Windows & Proxy Vote Rigging – Both Invite More Serious CrimeI generally vote against pay packages where NEOs were paid above median in the previous year but make exceptions if warranted.  Continue Reading →

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Heidi Soumerai’s Remarks at EMC Annual Meeting

EMCHere’s an example of classy questioning at an AGM.  Thanks to Ms. Soumerai for allowing me to reprint here.

Good morning Mr. Tucci, members of the board, and fellow shareholders.

My name is Heidi Soumerai and I am the Director of ESG Research at Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management Company where I also serve as Managing Director. Together, we hold approximately 1.6 million shares of EMC. Continue Reading →

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Ford Motor Company (F): How I Voted – Proxy Score 52

FordFord Motor Company $F is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on 5/8/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/4/2014.  I voted with management 52% of the time.  View Ford’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly.

Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of management’s recommendations. (See Broken Windows & Proxy Vote Rigging – Both Invite More Serious CrimeI generally vote against pay packages where NEOs were paid above median in the previous year but make exceptions if warranted.  Continue Reading →

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Video Friday: Darla Stuckey Interviews Stephen Brown

CorporateSecretariesGovernance Minutes is produced by the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals in collaboration with Corporate Board Member. The series features interviews with leaders in the governance field discussing issues such as executive compensation, board governance, disclosure and proxy drafting, shareholder engagement and annual meetings, to name a few. In this edition of Governance Minutes, Darla Stuckey, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Society hosts new Society President and CEO Stephen Brown to discuss what’s new at the Society, and how we can continually better serve our members. Continue Reading →

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Gilead Sciences (GILD): How I Voted – Proxy Score 43

GileadMtgSignGilead Sciences $GILD is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/7/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/28/2014.  I voted with management 43% of the time.  View GILD’s Proxy Statement, which has a linked Table of Contents.

Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of management’s recommendations. (See Broken Windows & Proxy Vote Rigging – Both Invite More Serious CrimeI generally vote against pay packages where NEOs were paid above median in the previous year but make exceptions if warranted.  Continue Reading →

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Fluor Corporation (FLR): How I Voted – Proxy Score 13

FluorFluor Corporation $FLR is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/1/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/28/2014.  I voted with management 13% of the time.  View FLR’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly.

Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of management’s recommendations. (See Broken Windows & Proxy Vote Rigging – Both Invite More Serious CrimeI generally vote against pay packages where NEOs were paid above median in the previous year but make exceptions if warranted.  Continue Reading →

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