Recently, Senator John McCain has been speaking out against excessive executive compensation and has now joined Senator Obama in calling for mandatory "say on pay." Here is a Business Week article about this - and here is an excerpt from McCain's June 10th speech:
"Americans are right to be offended when the extravagant salaries and severance deals of CEOs ... bear no relation to the success of the company or the wishes of shareholders," says McCain, adding that some of those chief executives helped bring on the country's housing crisis and market troubles. "If I am elected president, I intend to see that wrongdoing of this kind is called to account by federal prosecutors. And under my reforms, all aspects of a CEO's pay, including any severance arrangements, must be approved by shareholders."
The proposals that both Senators Obama and McCain support not only would provide shareholders an annual non-binding vote on executive pay, they would also provide shareholders with a separate non-binding vote when a company gives a golden parachute to executives while simultaneously negotiating to buy or sell the company.
With H&R Block joining the list, there are now nine companies that have agreed to a non-binding vote on pay.