Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 11/2010

Controlling Corporate Lobbying and Financing of Political Activities

June 2009

Transparency International


Corporate lobbying and financing of political activities are carried out by most large corporations.Both sets of activities, when undertaken with integrity and transparency by a company, can be a legitimate and positive force. Yet, the extensive funds at the disposal of businesses and the close relationship that exists between many companies and lawmakers can lead to undue, unfair influence in a country's policies and politics.