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Attorney General  Martha Coakley announced Wednesday plans to shed light on how executives at  major nonprofits earn compensation, saying she will begin by homing in on how  major Massachusetts health care organizations pay their leaders. “While it is  not the role of this office to set compensation levels, we are entrusted with  the responsibility to assure that governance practice in this area is open,  transparent and for the exclusive benefit of our charitable organizations and  the public they serve,” Coakley said in a statement. Blue Cross Blue Shield of  Massachusetts, Fallon Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and Tufts  Health Plan will be the subject of Coakley’s initial effort, which will also  include an examination of how they pay board directors, who often go  uncompensated at smaller nonprofits. Eventually, other sectors may be included  in her examination, according to the statement. The investigation will be  conducted by Coakley’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. “The  basis for compensation has not, to the Division’s knowledge, ever been clearly  articulated to the public and we are asking each of the current boards to take  a fresh look at the practice,” the division’s chief, David Spackman, wrote to  the health care organizations in a memo issued Wednesday. “If the practice is  to continue at any of them, it should do so only on the basis of a sound and  well considered foundation, for which the benefits and risks have been fully  explored and appropriately considered, and in a manner in which the  independence of the board has been preserved.” The division also made an  overture to the organizations, noting that the effort should “not be construed  as an attempt to substitute the judgment of the Division for that of committed,  knowledgeable and diligent boards.” “The most expensive mistake an organization  can make is to place the wrong person at the helm or the wrong people in the  board room,” Spackman wrote.