Voting now open for Footnote of the Year…

It’s that time of year again: the time when we ask our readers to pick the worst footnote of 2010. As with years past, there were a lot of good candidates this year and Theo, Sonya and I had trouble winnowing the list down to just five. Previous winners have included Chesapeake Energy (CPK) and Qwest Communications (Q), which is making a return run this year. All entries were culled from posts in 2010. Here’s a rundown:

  1. Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) giving $4 million to CEO Michael Jeffries to replace the executive’s access to the corporate jet

2. Troubled for-profit education company Apollo Group (APOL) disclosing its executive perks include tickets to the Super Bowl.

3. Hefty salary increases and big bonuses for top executives following the United Continental (UAL) merger.

4. Qwest Communications (Q) purchasing a third plane for CEO Ed Mueller just before the company agreed to be acquired by CenturyLink.

5. Tyson Foods (TSN) granting generous perks to Don Tyson to replace those taken away following an SEC investigation and settlement.

You can find the survey here.