SRI -- Political Contributions

We support:

•   Proposals that request more transparent and accountable reporting of political contributions,
policies, procedures, and lobbying activities.

•   Proposals promoting full disclosure of contributions, the policies governing them, and the
identifications of persons deciding on the contributions.

•   Proposals disclosing payments, services, and “soft money” contributions (i.e. funds that are
not given directly to candidates, but to political parties for “party-building” activities) to trade
organizations and other third-party groups, (specifically PACs, 501(c) 3s and 527s).


We do not support:

•  Proposals requesting companies not to make political contributions.

•  Proposals that force companies to distribute information to newspapers and public media,
as such publications could present significant costs to the company without providing
commensurate value to the shareholders.

•  Proposals asking companies to contribute politically in a nonpartisan fashion. In the interest
of practicality it is not in the best interest of shareholders to make these demands.

•  Proposals that request that companies provide lists of executives, directors, consultants,
lobbyists, lawyers, or investment bankers who have served in any governmental capacity
beyond regular reporting guidelines and company policies.