http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sec-shareholders-idUSKBN16R2N8

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WASHINGTON Shareholder activists are pushing back against a major business trade group's request that the White House use its influence on the U.S. securities regulator to make it harder to get governance, political or environmental issues onto corporate ballots, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. Company boards and CEOs have increasingly faced requests by investors to include various shareholder proposals on corporate ballots involving issues from CEO pay to climate change. Existing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules have "given shareholders an important voice," and should not be changed, the five investor groups said in a March 15 letter to the White House's National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. Full story

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