A Big Win For Transparency

A last-second and little-noted victory for transparency–the financial regulation bill approved by Congress includes an amendment requiring extractive companies (oil, gas, gold, coal, etc) that are registered with the SEC to disclose all payments to foreign governments. Great news for the international transparency movement.

Author: Peter Maass

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1983, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I went to Brussels as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal/Europe. I left the Journal in 1985 to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, covering NATO and the European Union. In 1987 I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I wrote primarily for The Washington Post. After three years in Asia I moved to Budapest to cover Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I spent most of 1992 and 1993 covering the war in Bosnia for the Post.