The use of company resources for political and public policy activities can be an important issue for shareholders. As such, Altria makes the following voluntary disclosures regarding these activities.
In the United States, our companies may make corporate political contributions where permitted by law and company policy. In addition, since 1978 our companies’ political action committees (PACs), which now include AltriaPAC and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates PAC, have enabled employees and shareholders to pool their political contributions to support candidates who understand the legislative and regulatory issues important to our companies.
Since 2007, Altria has disclosed on this website information regarding political contributions made by each of its companies and its PACs. Twice a year, Altria discloses all PAC and corporate political contributions made to candidates, political parties, PACs, caucus committees, independent expenditure committees (also known as “Super PACs”), entities organized under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code (also known as “527 organizations”) and ballot measure committees in the U.S. Altria also will disclose if any of Altria’s companies make direct independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates or political parties.
State Legislative Activity
Each year, Altria Client Services, on behalf of Altria’s companies, files more than 400 reports disclosing its state-level lobbying activities and expenses.
View the companies' state lobbying activity by accessing the government databases that contain the company’s lobbying reports.
Federal Legislative Activity
In compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act, Altria Client Services, on behalf of Altria’s companies, files quarterly reports with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives disclosing its federal lobbying activities and expenses.
More information about the Lobbying Disclosure Act can be found on the websites of the U.S. Senate
and U.S. House of Representatives
Altria’s Federal Lobbying Disclosure Reports can be found on this webpage.
Contributions to Third Parties
While we prefer to make political expenditures directly rather than through third-party groups, Altria and its companies, like most major corporations, are members of various 501(c) organizations that may engage in public policy or political activities. Altria and its companies may not necessarily agree with every position taken by each organization to which we contribute, but we determine that the intended use of a contribution is consistent with Altria’s Mission & Values
before making a contribution to any such group.
When our total contributions to a 501(c) organization exceed $50,000, we also request that the organization tell us what portion of our dues or similar payment is used for political activities, making it non-deductible under Section 162(e) (1) (B) of the Internal Revenue Code. We disclose that non-deductible portion of our contributions on an annual basis as it may be reported to us.
In 2016, for the 501(c) organizations that replied, no portion of the contributions by Altria’s companies was used for such political activities.
Leadership on Disclosure Issues
Our commitment to transparency and oversight has helped make Altria a recognized leader in political activities disclosure. Learn more