Scott Klinger has been stimulating conversations on the role of corporations in society for more than three decades. As a former Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow, he worked from the inside as a portfolio manager in the socially responsible investment industry and a consultant to one of the world’s largest corporations and from the outside as co-director of the Responsible Wealth project of United for a Fair Economy, research director for Corporate Accountability International, and tax policy director for the American Sustainable Business Council. Most recently, Scott was the Director of Revenue and Spending Policies at the Center for Effective Government.

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Report: A Tale of Two Retirements

As working families face rising retirement insecurity, CEOs enjoy platinum pensions.

Help Spread the Word: #CanURetire

Help us spread the word about our latest report, "A Tale of Two Retirements: As Working Families Face Rising Retirement Insecurity, CEOs Enjoy Platinum Pensions."

Utilities Pay Up

How ending tax dodging by America's electric utilities can help fund a job-creating, clean energy transition.
Uncle Sam is broke

Five Taxpayer-Supported Corporations that Paid Their CEOs More than Uncle Sam

Five firms that are double dipping—taking government contracts and bailouts, while leaving ordinary families to pick up the tab.

Another CEO Pads His Own Pockets While Cutting Worker Pensions

Once a shining symbol of the success of the New Deal, today the Tennessee Valley Authority symbolizes the excesses of Corporate America.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Ultra Rich

New data provides a glimpse into the lives of the richest of rich—how the 400 highest earners make their money and pay their taxes.
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New Bill Would Save Taxpayers from Funding CEO Golden Parachutes

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: "American taxpayers should never again be on the hook for lavish pay packages at bailed-out firms."

CEO Stock(ing) Stuffers

Loophole allowed 10 companies to shave $180 million off their taxes for CEO pay last year.

Report: 100 CEOs Have as Much in Retirement Assets as 41% of American Families

A just-released report by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies, A Tale of Two Retirements, is the first to provide detailed statistics on the staggering gap between the retirement assets of Fortune 500 CEOs and the rest of America.

A Tale of Two Retirements

One hundred CEOs have as much in retirement assets as 41 percent of American families.
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Burning Our Bridges

President Obama and some members of Congress think the easiest way to fund infrastructure is by granting corporations a large tax cut on their untaxed offshore profits.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: "Burning Our Bridges"

How a Tax Holiday is the Wrong Way to Fix our Public Infrastructure
Uncle Sam is broke

Fleecing Uncle Sam

A growing number of corporations spend more on executive compensation than federal income taxes.
Platinum-Plated Pensions

Platinum-Plated Pensions

In the current budget debate, the loudest calls for Social Security cuts are coming from two lobby groups led by CEOs who will never have to worry about their own retirement security.
Fibs and Falsehoods: Darden Corporation Claims ‘No One Makes $2.13 An Hour’

Fibs and Falsehoods: Darden Corporation Claims 'No One Makes $2.13 An Hour'

A recent IPS op-ed on tipped wages has provoked an unfounded attack by the world's largest full service restaurant chain.

SEC Issues Strong Rule on CEO-Worker Pay Gaps

IPS executive compensation experts available to comment on SEC rule released today.
Why Your Waiter Hasn’t Gotten a Raise in 22 Years

Why Your Waiter Hasn't Gotten a Raise in 22 Years

The federal sub-minimum wage for tipped workers helps large restaurant corporations and their CEOs pad their bottom lines while trapping millions of American workers in economic insecurity.
$9.54 a Second: Why CEOs Fight on Wages

$9.54 a Second: Why CEOs Fight on Wages

Surely the businesses that measure their executive pay in dollars per second can afford raises to bring their lowest wage workers above the poverty level.
Executive Excess 2013: Bailed Out, Booted, and Busted

Executive Excess 2013: Bailed Out, Booted, and Busted

Nearly 40 percent of the CEOs on the highest-paid lists from the past 20 years were eventually "bailed out, booted, or busted."
Stop the CEO March on Washington

Stop the CEO March on Washington

Millions of people acting together can still beat millions of dollars.