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    • Released September 2, 2009
    Executive Excess 2009: America's Bailout Barons
    By Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins, Sam Pizzigati

    After the crash of 1929, the apocryphal story goes, bankers jumped out windows. After last September's crash, this new report details, bankers shut their windows and stuffed their pockets -- with stock options that virtually guarantee them mega-million-dollar windfalls for years to come.

  • Comments on the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty
    By Sarah Anderson

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty. As the Director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, I have published several relevant reports, drawing on interviews with policymakers and legal experts, as well as individuals directly affected by investor-state cases in the United States and several other countries.1 My overall view is that significant reforms are needed to correct the current imbalance between the broad public interest and the interests of private foreign investors.

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    • Released March 26, 2009
    Beyond the AIG Bonuses
    By Sarah Anderson, Chuck Collins, Sam Pizzigati

    The incredible firestorm over the $165 million bonus payout at failed insurance giant AIG has dramatically revealed the depth of the public anger at private companies that enrich themselves at taxpayer expense. Congressional action to recoup these bonuses through taxes would be a positive step, but merely undoing the AIG bonuses will leave in place tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for banks and corporations that routinely overcompensate their executives. This report includes a chart that identifies key taxypayer subsidies for executive excess and the various reforms now pending in Congress that speak to these problems.

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