Common Cause, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, is urging Fortune 500 companies to voluntarily disclose their political contributions. Teaming up with the Center for Political Accountability, Common Cause will ask corporate giants such as General Electric to make public their political contributions and to provide a reason for those contributions, according to a press statement.

To that end, Common Cause is nudging investors, especially large mutual fund companies, which own stock in some of the biggest American companies, to support resolutions that demand greater transparency in corporate political giving. Mutual funds, which own more than 22% of corporate stocks, and which, in turn, are owned by 50% of all U.S. households, are being considered key propellers in this effort.

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