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The United States of Anonymity: How America Became a Financial Secrecy Haven
Parts of the Panama Papers displayed in Tokyo, April 26, 2016 (Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
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The United States of Anonymity: How America Became a Financial Secrecy Haven November 30th Event

In the past few years, the United States has become one of the world’s leading financial secrecy jurisdictions, allowing a host of kleptocrats and other criminals to hide illicit wealth while threatening our democracy and national security.

On November 30, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave keynote remarks at the launch of a new report from Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative, The United States of Anonymity. Written by journalist Casey Michel, the report explores the emergence of anonymous companies and trusts, and argues for a federal solution to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding America’s financial system.

After Sen. Whitehouse’s remarks, Casey Michel presented the key findings of his report, followed by a response from Jack Blum, and a panel discussion moderated by Charles Davidson.


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Keynote Speaker

United States Senator from Rhode Island

Charles Davidson Moderator

Executive Director, Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute

Casey Michel Speaker

Contributing Reporter, ThinkProgress and report author, The United States of Anonymity

Jack Blum Respondent


Elise Bean Panelist

Former Staff Director and Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Mark Hays Panelist

Anti-Money Laundering Campaign Leader, Global Witness

Ben Judah Panelist

Research Fellow, Kleptocracy Initiative

Hudson Experts

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