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Political contributions and lobbying

ExxonMobil believes that registering and voting, keeping informed on political matters, serving in civic bodies, and campaigning and office-holding at local, state, and national levels are important rights and responsibilities of the citizens of a democracy.

We believe that sound public policy is achieved when a variety of informed voices participate in the political process. For these reasons, ExxonMobil exercises its right to support and participate in policy decisions.

Read more in our Political Activities Policy and Guidelines.

Corporate Contributions

ExxonMobil makes political contributions to candidate committees and other political organizations as permitted by applicable laws in the United States and Canada, as well as authorized by the board of directors. The corporation refrains from making political contributions in any country other than the United States and Canada.

In 2016, we contributed almost $222,000 to candidates and committees in 12 U.S. states. These contributions are reported to governing agencies where required by law. A 5-year summary of our U.S. corporate political contributions is set forth in the table below.

Corporate Contributions (000s) - National Political Organizations of State Officials


2012 2013 2014  2015 2016
Democratic Governors Association  125.0  75.0  125.0  25.0 25.0
Republican Attorneys General Association1  50.0  50.0  60.0  50.0  50.0
Republican Governors Association  400.0  200.0  500.0  175.0  125.0
Republican Legislative Campaign Committee1  175.0  100.0  175.0  100.0  100.0
Total  750.0  425.0  860.0  350.0  300.0

Corporate Contributions (000s) - State Candidates and Committees

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Alabama   - 22.5 25.0 - -
Arkansas2 25.0 20.5 24.0 - -
California 65.0 50.0 80.0 48.0 35.5
Colorado - 10.0 25.0 20.0 45.0
Florida 7.5 4.0 5.0 6.5 7.0
Georgia 3.7 2.0 2.0 - -
Illinois 49.5 30.6 41.0 34.5 30.0
Kansas 14.9 13.7 19.5 10.9 10.0
Louisiana 60.5  42.0 44.5 53.0 37.0
Maryland 2.0 2.0 3.0 - 5.0
Mississippi 3.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 3.0
New Mexico 20.0 13.5 19.2 17.1 26.5
New York 2.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 10.0
South Carolina 5.0 3.0 - 3.5 -
Utah  2.5 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.3
Virginia 20.0 32.3 13.8 22.0 9.0
Washington  1.8 - - 1.0 -
Total 282.4 256.1 313.3 229.5 221.3

1. Program of Republican State Leadership Committee. Earmarked to association indicated.

2. Corporate contributions prohibited in Arkansas effective November 5, 2014.

Itemized lists of corporate political contributions to state candidates and caucuses for the past five years are available here.

 

Outside the United States, Canada is the only country in which an ExxonMobil affiliate is authorized to make political contributions. Imperial Oil Limited, a majority-owned Canadian affiliate of the Corporation, makes limited political contributions to political parties. Imperial Oil follows strict guidelines when making these contributions, and all contributions are published by the Chief Electoral Officers of the provincial governments.

ExxonMobil PAC

As with many corporations, ExxonMobil offers certain eligible employees and retiree shareholders an opportunity to participate in the U.S. political process by contributing to a company-sponsored Political Action Committee (PAC). Participation in the PAC is completely voluntary. Political contributions made from the PAC are reported monthly to the Federal Election Commission, and are a matter of public record.

In 2016, the ExxonMobil PAC disbursed almost $958,000 to federal and state candidates and committees. Below is a summary of PAC contributions for the past five years. A listing of ExxonMobil PAC contributions for the 2015-2016 election cycle is available here. A detailed schedule of ExxonMobil PAC contributions from previous years can be accessed on the U.S. Federal Election Commission website at http://www.fec.gov.

PAC Contributions - (000s)

2012 2013 2014 2015  2016
Candidates for Federal Office  1,055.0 516.8 1,087.8 682.0 772.5
Federal and State Committees - - 30.0 1.0 25.0
Candidates for State Office:
Arkansas - - - 19.5 20.5
Montana 1.2 0 2.7 0.7 1.7
North Dakota 10.0 8.8 11.3 7.7 10.9
Ohio 20.0 9.8 23.0 15.0 20.0
Oklahoma 19.8 12.5 7.5 11.8 10.9
Pennsylvania 35.0 29.5 40.0 34.0 35.0
Texas 73.0 - 76.0 45.0 44.8
West Virgina 7.0 4.6 7.1 5.0 7.5
Wyoming 7.4 - 4.8 - 8.6
 Total 1,228.4 590.2 1,290.2 821.7 957.4

 

Review with the Board of Directors

The political contributions of ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil are reviewed on an annual basis with the Board of Directors of the Corporation.

Political Lobbying and Advocacy

ExxonMobil engages in lobbying in the United States at both the Federal and State levels to advocate our positions on issues that affect our Corporation and the energy industry. We have a responsibility to our customers, employees, communities and shareholders to represent their interests in public policy discussions that impact our business.

ExxonMobil has an established practice to determine which public policy issues are important to the Corporation. This process includes soliciting input from relevant business lines and functional departments such as Law and Public and Government Affairs. Key issues are reviewed by the Management Committee and Board of Directors of the Corporation. Positions on many key issues are available in the "Current Issues" area of this website. Our lobbying is aligned with those positions.

ExxonMobil provides support to a variety of think tanks, trade associations, and coalitions in order to promote informed dialogue and sound public policy on matters pertinent to the Corporation’s interests. These areas include, among others: fiscal policy, international trade, energy, environment, labor/pension matters, education, civil justice reform, and public health. Our support does not constitute an endorsement of every policy position or point of view expressed by a recipient organization. We conduct an annual evaluation of the merits of each organization and reserve the right to initiate, sustain, or withdraw support at any time. Some of the support provided to these organizations may be used by the firms for lobbying. ExxonMobil reports quarterly the portion of dues used for lobbying purposes in public Lobbying Disclosure Act filings.

Lobbying is highly regulated in the United States. ExxonMobil fully complies with regulations by reporting its federal lobbying to the U.S. Congress in a quarterly lobbying disclosure report. In 2016, ExxonMobil reported federal lobbying expenses totaling $11.84 million in its public Lobbying Disclosure Act filings. This total includes expenses associated with the costs of employee federal lobbying, as well as those portions of payments to trade associations, coalitions and think tanks that are spent on federal lobbying.

ExxonMobil's quarterly lobby disclosure reports are publicly available and can be viewed online at the Senate's public disclosure web site at http://www.senate.gov (search for “Exxon Mobil Corporation" as registrant name). Below are ExxonMobil’s 2016 quarterly reports filed with the U.S. Congress.

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