Finance Media Monitor | 8.23.23



Washington D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb is investigating anti-ESG ringleader Leonard Leo and his dark money ring. While the scope of the probe is unclear, it likely has to do with multi-million dollar payments—totaling $73 million over six years—made from Leo’s nonprofits to his for-profit companies, violating laws against using charities for personal gain. Leo, AKA the “court whisperer,” also likely made a pretty (dirty) penny for his behind-the-scenes role in Trump’s three Supreme Court picks

Elsewhere, BlackRock’s support for shareholder proposals fell by half this year, and the SEC is set to announce new rules for large, non-bank pools of capital.





  • Josh Hendrickson shared an article: Vivek Ramaswamy was not misquoted in my story. Here is the unedited audio and a transcript of our exchange about 9/11 and January 6:
  • Gene Wu quoted a tweet: Actually, we have accused you and other Republicans of undermining the foundations of our democracy and the United States Constitution by taking away the ability of people and business to speak freely and make their own decisions on what they prioritize for themselves.


  • August 23-25: Global Research Alliance on Sustainable Finance and Investment 2023 Annual Conference. Register here
  • August 24-26: The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 2023 Economic Policy Symposium “Structural Shifts in the Global Economy.” 
  • September 17-24: Climate Group Climate Week NYC. View list of events here
  • September 19: Sustainable Investment Forum North America. Register here
  • September 20: UN Climate Ambition Summit.