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Alexandra Thornton is the senior director of financial regulation for Inclusive Economy at American Progress.

Before joining American Progress, Thornton was the executive vice president for policy, planning, and business affairs at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she advised the founder on international conservation issues and functioned as the institute’s general counsel. Previously, she was the executive director of a tax and economic policy nonprofit that focused on environmental taxation issues.

Thornton moved to the nonprofit world after spending nearly a decade as tax policy adviser to a U.S. senator who served on the Senate Finance Committee. In that position, she successfully shepherded the senator’s legislative initiatives through nine major tax and budget bills and also provided counsel on trade, banking, and securities issues.

Thornton began her career as a litigator practicing in Washington, D.C. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

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The Lawsuit Against a New SEC Rule Could Harm Investor Protections Report

The Lawsuit Against a New SEC Rule Could Harm Investor Protections

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit’s decision on the legal petition against the SEC’s private fund advisers rule could open the door to broad attacks on the regulatory framework that Congress authorized the SEC to develop and enforce for capital markets.

Alexandra Thornton

Citizens United Gave Corporations, But Not Their Boards, the Authority To Spend in Candidate Elections Report
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Citizens United Gave Corporations, But Not Their Boards, the Authority To Spend in Candidate Elections

Since 2010, corporate boards and management have been handing over the constitutional rights of individual U.S.-citizen shareholders to large shareholders and foreign nationals; shareholders can put a stop to this, and lawmakers, regulators, and courts can help them.

Hearing on SEC Overreach: Examining the Need for Reform In the News

Hearing on SEC Overreach: Examining the Need for Reform

Alexandra Thornton testified before the the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Capital Markets to discuss institutional reforms of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Capital Markets.

Alexandra Thornton

What Will Be in the Final SEC Climate Disclosure Rule? Article

What Will Be in the Final SEC Climate Disclosure Rule?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s March 2022 climate disclosure proposal provides a roadmap for its upcoming final rule requiring public companies to disclose climate-related information that will help investors make sound investment decisions.

Alexandra Thornton

CFPB v. CFSA: How the Supreme Court Could Harm Consumers and Financial Markets Report

CFPB v. CFSA: How the Supreme Court Could Harm Consumers and Financial Markets

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the autonomy of the single most important agency for the protection of consumers in the financial markets—and its decision could spread uncertainty and harm far beyond the agency.

CAP’s Comments on Proposed Amendments to Auditing Standards Related to a Company’s Noncompliance With Laws and Regulations Article

CAP’s Comments on Proposed Amendments to Auditing Standards Related to a Company’s Noncompliance With Laws and Regulations

The Center for American Progress submitted comments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board supporting critical updates and enhancements to auditing standards aimed at helping investors avoid misplacing their trust in companies that are not complying with laws and regulations.

Alexandra Thornton

How Exemptions From Securities Laws Put Investors and the Economy at Risk Report
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building.

How Exemptions From Securities Laws Put Investors and the Economy at Risk

Congress and the SEC should roll back public registration and reporting exemptions that undermine the basic bargain of the securities laws; companies seeking to raise capital from the public must first disclose reliable information about their operations, finances, and governance.

Tyler Gellasch, Alexandra Thornton, Crystal Weise

The Proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule on Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate-Related Financial Risk Article

The Proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule on Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate-Related Financial Risk

Federal contractors’ disclosure of climate-related financial risks and greenhouse gas emissions data should be fully integrated into the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and the recent proposal to do so is a strong step in the right direction.

Alexandra Thornton

CAP’s Comment on the SEC Proposed Rule on Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Companies About ESG Investment Practices Article

CAP’s Comment on the SEC Proposed Rule on Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Companies About ESG Investment Practices

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the commission’s proposed rule on enhanced disclosures by certain investment advisers and investment companies about ESG investment practices.

Alexandra Thornton

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