Reynolds American Inc. and Noble Energy Inc. have joined agrowing number of companies disclosing their contributions to tradeassociations and other nonprofit groups that legally can keep theirdonors from public view.

A study to be released today reports that 84 of the 195 largestcorporations in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index have agreed toreveal their contributions to trade associations, an increase from70 companies a year earlier. In addition, 51 companies, up from 31,have said they would disclose donations to other nonprofits.

Even as some groups fight efforts to make their donors public,companies are coming forward on their own, according to the reportby the Center for Political Accountability and the University ofPennsylvania Wharton School's Zicklin Center for Business EthicsResearch.

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