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    • Released April 10, 2007
    Selfish Interest
    By Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins, Charlie Cray, Sam Pizzigati

    Does CEO pay in the United States need fixing? The 160 corporate CEOs who make up the Business Roundtable — the nation’s single most influential business lobbying group — don’t think so. The Business Roundtable is currently leading the corporate charge against congressional efforts to legislate new checks on executive compensation. This report shows just how much they personally stand to lose from real compensation reform.

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    • Released April 1, 2007
    Challenging Corporate Investor Rule
    By Sarah Anderson and Sara Grusky

    In Spanish:  Desafiar el poder corporative de los inversionistas

    This report examines how global corporations have increased their power through rules and institutions designed to provide unprecedented and sweeping protections to private foreign investors. These increasingly controversial protections are promoted by the World Bank and other international financial institutions, codified by bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements, and enforced through international arbitration tribunals. Civil society groups – including labor, environmental and human rights groups -- have been harshly critical of these rules, charging that they elevate the narrow interests of global corporations above social and environmental goals. They have been joined by an increasing number of legislators around the world, including in the United States, who have attacked these measures as fundamentally undemocratic. And now, new political leaders, particularly in South America, are beginning to explore ways of challenging these excessive investor protections and putting forth proposals for more just trade and investment regimes.

    Co-published by Food and Water Watch.

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    • Released August 30, 2006
    Executive Excess 2006
    By Sarah Anderson, Eric Benjamin, John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins

    This 13th annual study of executive compensation focuses on the two corporate sectors where excessive pay may be the most inexcusable, the defense industry and the oil industry. In both these sectors, windfalls from war are driving executive pay to record levels.

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