Legal Intern, Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy
For all you interested readers out there, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation has re-published a memorandum from the Manhattan Institute's 2013 Proxy Season Review.
This annual review analyzes various pre-voting facets of shareholder proposals, such as the types of proposals introduced, who sponsored them, and the rate at which they were introduced, as well as post-voting results. A particular emphasis is placed on proposals involving political spending and lobbying, which have constituted a plurality of all shareholder proposals introduced in 2012 and 2013.
The full text of the 2013 Proxy Report is available here.