Talk:Reed Elsevier, Inc.

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Political contributions

Reed Elsevier gave $64,000 to federal candidates in the U.S. 2006 election through its political action committee - 28% to Democrats and 72% to Republicans. [1]

In 2008, Reed Elsevier PAC gave $148,810 to federal candidates, $74,800 to Democrats, $46,500 to Republicans. [2]

[Open Secrets] reports that in 2010, the Reed Elsevier PAC gave $113,800 to federal candidates. House Democrats received $36,000 and Republicans $25,800. Senate Democrats received $24,500 and Republicans $11,000.[3]


In 2010, Reed Elsevier Inc. spent $1.62 million on lobbying. [4] In the first five months of 2011, it spent $390,000.[5]

The company employs the following firms in 2011: Marla P. Grossman, Podesta Group, Proskauer Rose, Thompson Advisory Group and Venable LLP. [5]

You can see a full list of bills lobbied for HERE.

Reed Elsevier's Role as an Arms Fair Organizer

In September 2005 The Lancet, a leading medical journal, requested that Reed Elsevier, the journal's parent company, "to divest itself of all business interests that threaten human, and especially civilian, health and well-being." [6]

The magazine's editor made the request after becoming aware Spearhead Exhibitions, a Reed Elsevier subsidiary, organised the Defence Systems and Equipment international (DSEi) arms fair between September 13-16 2005 in London. [1] At the 2003 DSEi exhibition some of the arms merchants displaying their wares sold cluster bombs. While Reed Elsevier promotes its corporate social responsibility credentials, Reed Elsevier Group spokesman, Stephen J. Cowden, was unmoved by The Lancet's appeal. Citing its role as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, Cowden wrote that "it is our view that the defence industry is necessary for upholding national security for the preservation of democratic values." [7] He did not address the specific concern about cluster bombs.



Chairman and Executive Directors

Non-executive Directors


  • Chairman: Anthony Habgood
  • Executive Directors: Erik Engstrom, CEO and Mark Armour, CFO
  • Non-executive Directors: Mark Elliott, Adrian Hennah, Lisa Hook, Marike van Lier Lels, Robert Polet, David Reid, Ben van der Veer


  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
  • Audit Committees

Contact details

Reed Elsevier Group Offices:

1-3 Strand
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7930 7077
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7166 5799

Radarweg 29
1043 NX
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 485 2222
Fax: +31 (0)20 618 0325

125 Park Avenue
23rd Floor
New York
NY 10017
Tel: +1 212 309 5498
Fax: +1 212 309 5480

Resources and articles

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External links

  • 2006 Reed Elsevier PAC Federal Contributions, Open Secrets, accessed November 2007.
  • 2008 Reed Elsevier PAC Federal Contributions, "Open Secrets," accessed July 9, 2011.
  • 2010 Reed Elsevier PAC Federal Contributions, "Open Secrets," accessed July 9, 2011.
  • Center for Responsive Politics, Reed Elsevier lobbying, Open Secrets, accessed July 9, 2011.
  • 5.0 5.1 Reed Elsevier Lobbying, "Open Secrets"
  • The Lancet's International Advisory Board, Reed Elsevier and the Arms Trade, The Lancet Vol. 366 Issue 9489, Sept. 10, 2005, accessed July 9, 2011.
  • Stephen J. Cowden, Reed Elsevier and the international arms trade — Reed Elsevier's reply, The Lancet, Vol. 366, Issue 9489, Sept. 10, 2005.