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Three of the nation’s leading trade associations have a message for their member corporations: Resist activists who demand you disclose more details about your politicking than the law requires.

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Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability, scoffed at the groups’ criticism, which he says he expects.

“The reason: it is leading to the broader disclosure of company payments to trade associations, and the U.S. Chamber [of Commerce] in particular. The Chamber has a deep investment in secrecy,” Freed said. As for the trade groups’ letter, Freed added that “hasn’t been effective in discrediting CPA or the Index. Companies continue to treat the index as a credible, serious benchmarking.” [clarification added by TSJ]

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