Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said that his agency would examine the possibility of modifying or rewriting some current rules, such as the ones requiring stricter internal controls, granting investors power to nominate board members, and governing the methods in which stocks are traded. In published reports, Donaldson said that, while the regulator might be considering any or all of the above-mentioned refinements, the SEC has not abandoned its plans to impose fines for both individual and company wrongdoers. Donaldson said that he hopes the watchdog will approve a measure that would give shareholders more power to elect board members of their choosing, but the rules in their present form may have to be rewritten. A host of business groups have lobbied against the shareholder-nominating proposal, claiming it would cater to special interest groups.

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