Overwhelming Majority of Americans Oppose Corporate Corruption, So Why Aren't Political Parties Listening?

by Jordan A. Thomas

September 25, 2012

Fundamentally, an anti-corruption campaign builds on the basic American value of fairness

A year ago, protestors gathered in New York City's Financial District kicking off Occupy Wall Street, a grassroots movement protesting economic inequality, greed and corruption. 

With a rallying cry of "We are the 99 percent," the protests quickly grew in size and spread to cities across the country. Ultimately, Occupy Wall Street has failed to gain the political success of its antipodean, the tea party movement. 

While no political candidates are running under an Occupy Wall Street label, the protests left an indelible impression upon the American psyche. A new anti-corruption majority has emerged, and it has the potential to reshape American politics on the federal, state and local levels. 

Labaton Sucharow, a law firm where one of us works, recently commissioned an independent national survey to gauge public opinion on corporate ethics and wrongdoing, the impact of corporate misconduct on the economy and the government's role in its repair. The results of this poll provide important insights into our nation's past economic problems and suggest the emergence of an influential political majority -- one that echoes the concerns voiced by the Occupy protestors. 

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