|US: Chiefs’ Pay Under Fire at Capitol|
by JENNY ANDERSON, The New York Times
March 8th, 2008
In pointed exchanges with Congressional lawmakers Friday, three prominent financial executives defended the multimillion-dollar pay packages they received even as their companies were brought to their knees by the spreading credit crisis.
|UK: From $1 firm, Lord Ashcroft nets £132m|
by Simon Bowers, Guardian (UK)
October 9th, 2007
The UK's Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative party deputy chairman and major donor, has agreed to sell his loss-making US janitorial business in a deal that will bring him a £132m windfall.
|US: SEC Asks Firms to Detail Top Executives' Pay|
by Kara Scannell and Joann S. Lubli, The Wall Street Journal
August 31st, 2007
Stepping up its campaign to shed light on the mysteries of executive pay, the Securities and Exchange Commission has sent letters to nearly 300 companies across America critiquing disclosures in this year's proxy statements and demanding more information.
|US: Executive Pay: A Special Report. More Pieces. Still a Puzzle.|
by Eric Dash, New York Times
April 8th, 2007
In response to a barrage of criticism that regulators have not kept up with the complexities of swelling pay packages, the Securities and Exchange Commission now requires corporate America to disclose details of executive compensation more fully. As this year’s proxies pour in, they are packed with fresh information aimed at making pay more transparent. Of course, it also is a lot more confusing.
|US: Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrels|
by Richard Cummings, Playboy.com
January 16th, 2007
If you think the Iraq war hasn't worked out very well for anyone, think again. Defense contractors such as Lockheed are thriving. And no wonder: Here's the story how Lockheed's interests- as opposed to those of the American citizenry- set the course of U.S. policy after 9/11.
|US: Pentagon Spends Billions to Outsource Torture|
by Joshua Holland, Alternet
September 14th, 2006
The thousands of mercenary security contractors employed in the Bush administration's "War on Terror" are billed to American taxpayers, but they've handed Osama Bin Laden his greatest victories -- public relations coups that have transformed him from just another face in a crowd of radical clerics to a hero of millions in the global South (posters of Bin Laden have been spotted in largely Catholic Latin America during protests against George W. Bush).
|US: Who Signed Off on Those Options? |
by Eric Dash, The New York Times
August 27th, 2006
As Silicon Valley companies competed for top talent during the heady days of the dot-com boom — luring stars with plump signing bonuses and the most highly prized manna of all, stock options — Mercury Interactive, a highflying software concern, joined the fray with gusto.
|US: Belated Apologies in Proxy Land|
by Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times
August 20th, 2006
Let us now praise a mutual fund company that actually voted in its customers’ interests when casting annual proxy votes this spring. And let us now rebuke the corporate executives who didn’t bother responding to letters from the fund company’s chairman detailing its views.
|US: Many Executives' Paychecks Swelled|
by Terence O'Hara, The Washington Post
July 10th, 2006
An analysis of 282 local executives at 109 area companies who have had the same title from 2003 until the end of 2005 showed that merely sticking around gives an executive an excellent chance of getting a raise, sometimes a big one. In many cases, raises are dictated by employment contracts or other compensation practices that have nothing to do with an executive's job performance and are often divorced from the kind of market logic that dictates how most people are paid.