Financial Firms, CEOs Assert Americans' Right to Vote in New York Times Ad

What You Need to Know

  • The ad spanned two full pages with the headline
  • Its signatories included Mellody Hobson and John W. Rogers Jr., of Ariel Investments; Warren Buffett; and Larry Fink.
  • Corporate signatories included BlackRock, Vanguard, Goldman Sachs, T. Rowe Price and Cambridge Associates.

Hundreds of individuals, corporations and nonprofits were signatories in a double-page spread in the New York Times on Wednesday defending the right to vote in the United States and opposing any discriminatory legislation that restricts that right, including some leading financial firms and their leaders.

Among the signatories of the “We Stand for Democracy” pledge were Mellody Hobson and John W. Rogers Jr., the co-CEOs of Ariel Investments, who were listed as original signatories; BlackRock CEO Larry Fink; State Street Chairman and CEO Ronald O’Hanley; Citi CEO Jane Fraser; and Warren Buffett.

Corporate signatories included financial firms BlackRock, Vanguard, Goldman Sachs, T. Rowe Price, Wells Fargo, Broadridge Financial Solutions and Cambridge Associates.

Altogether some 700 individuals and institutions were listed in the ad, which extolled the words from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, “a government of the people by the people.”  They also included celebrities like George Clooney, Leo DiCaprio, Shonda Rhimes and Katy Perry.

Restrictive Voting Bills

The ad was in response to the growing number of legislative actions that multiple states are undertaking to restrict voting.

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