In his continuing effort to let shareholders micromanage corporations, Lucian Bebchuk is trying to revive interest in his proposal to "establish special corporate-governance rules for deciding when corporate resources may be spent on politics." "These rules would require extensive disclosure, a role for independent directors, and shareholder approval."
I explained why these proposals are bad policy in my post Shareholders and corporate political speech:
As Delaware’s Chancellor William Allen observed, our “corporation law does not operate on the theory that directors, in exercising their powers to manage the firm, are obligated to follow the wishes of a majority of shares. In fact, directors, not shareholders, are charged with the duty to manage the firm.” Paramount Communications Inc. v. Time Inc., 1989 WL 79880 at *30 (Del. Ch. 1989), aff’d, 571 A.2d 1140 (Del. 1990).
Allen further recognized that the fact that many, “presumably most, shareholders” would have preferred the board to make a different decision “done does not . . . afford a basis to interfere with the effectuation of the board’s business judgment.” In short, corporations are not New England town meetings.
It's also worth remembering that the beneficiaries of Bebchuk's incessant pressing of ever expanding shareholder power and that of acolytes like Jackson is not going to benefit ordinary investors. Instead as Roberta Romano observed with respect to union and public pension fund sponsorship of shareholder proposals:
It is quite probable that private benefits accrue to some investors from sponsoring at least some shareholder proposals. The disparity in identity of sponsors—the predominance of public and union funds, which, in contrast to private sector funds, are not in competition for investor dollars—is strongly suggestive of their presence. Examples of potential benefits which would be disproportionately of interest to proposal sponsors are progress on labor rights desired by union fund managers and enhanced political reputations for public pension fund managers, as well as advancements in personal employment. … Because such career concerns—enhancement of political reputations or subsequent employment opportunities—do not provide a commensurate benefit to private fund managers, we do not find them engaging in investor activism.
 Roberta Romano, Less Is More: Making Shareholder Activism A Valued Mechanism Of Corporate Governance, 18 Yale J. Reg. 174, 231-32 (2001).
I've dealt with these issues in greater length elsewhere, most notably The Case for Limited Shareholder Voting Rights, 53 UCLA Law Review 601-636 (2006) ....