What Is It?
The Political Spending Index™ lets you easily vet and compare the politics of publicly traded and private companies. The PSI measures how much a company and its senior executives contribute to politics as compared to other companies. The PSI scores range from 0 to 100% and measure the percentile rank of each company compared to our entire data set of more than 1,500 publicly traded and private companies on a total dollars donated basis. A company with a score of 99% for Democrats, for example, has donation totals to Democrats that are higher than 99% of other companies.
Currently we provide one overall PSI score and four subcategory scores: Democrat, Republican, PAC, and Managers & Executives. Soon we’ll be adding PSI scores for specific politicians, so you’ll easily be able to determine which companies were their largest financial supporters. All of our data is hand-curated, quality assured, and comes directly from the Federal Election Commission. Subscribers can view all of the PSI scores, view them broken down by industry group, and access our rankings of the top performing Democrat and Republican stocks. You can read our subscribers’ guide here.
Why do I need it?
The PSI scores can help you easily align your portfolio with your politics.
You work hard to get the capital that you invest. And there are plenty of stocks and funds out there. Get the PSI scores and wow your friends or your clients with your new ability to vet their portfolios’ politics. If you’re a financial advisor, you can offer this as a service to your clients, at no extra charge. Or you can use the data yourself to make sure your portfolio companies are not undermining your vote. We make it easy to compare and benchmark more than 1,500 companies’ politics.
The PSI scores provide a competitive advantage.
Companies donate money to political candidates for influence; with our index scores, you can now know who’s spent the most compared to peers, and on which sides of the political aisle. The PSI scores help you vet a company’s ability to weather election outcomes, win government contracts, successfully lobby legislators, and obtain regulatory approvals. In fact, a study conducted by professors at the University of Michigan, the University of Utah, and Virginia Tech analyzing political donation data over 25 years demonstrated that increased corporate political activity is “positively and significantly correlated” with future shareholder returns.
The PSI data we provide is new; it’s not yet widely available. And it’s only available through us.
How do I get it?
Individual, non-corporate subscription rates to our PSI dashboard are $99/year. Just sign-up by going here. You’ll get access for a full year to our PSI scores and reports in an electronic, searchable interface organized by industry and market. The scores are constantly being updated; and you’ll have access to new categories and companies that we’re adding all of the time. We’re also in the process of analyzing whether a company’s politics correlate to its stock’s performance and whether its politics are an indicator of having higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores. All of our analysis and reports will be made available to subscribers via the PSI dashboard.
If you’re a financial advisor or company and would like to incorporate our PSI scores or reports into your business or offerings, please contact us at ps[email protected] or (833)-608-6507 for special bundled rates.