Nearly 90 percent of people in the United States say there is too much corporate money in politics, according to a new poll from a collection of watchdog and public interest groups.
The poll, released Thursday by the Corporate Reform Coalition and conducted by the Democratic-leaning Bannon Communications Research group, asked 804 people their opinions on the role that corporate money plays in political campaigns.
Eighty-one percent of those polled felt that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they disclose their spending immediately. And 80 percent of respondents said companies should only spend money on political campaigns if they get approval from shareholders.
Lisa Gilbert, the director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, pointed to the poll’s results to argue that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should require publicly traded companies to reveal their campaign donations.
“Secret corporate spending is appalling in a representative democracy, and this poll shows that the public agrees,” Gilbert said in a statement.