City Comptroller Bill Thompson has added fighting terrorism to his resume.
At a speech on Sunday at a D.C. conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israeli lobbying group, Thompson explained how he’s fighting terrorism and protecting American interests in the Middle East.
According to a copy of his prepared remarks, Thompson told the group:
“We have argued that when companies fail to consider the possible reputational or financial damage resulting from their operations – whether directly (through their hiring policies, for example) or indirectly (through policies of the government with which they contract) – they put their shareholders’ investments at risk.
“In this context, our clout as a large institutional investor has enabled us to help safeguard our nation’s security and the security of other peace-seeking nations like Israel, by supporting the fight against international terrorism.
“As Comptroller, I have pressured corporations we invest in that do business with state sponsors of terrorism to change their policies. New York City pension funds have taken on a number of corporate giants who were doing business with rogue nations such as Iran and Syria.”
— Azi Paybarah