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At the beginning of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that amplified the power of our country’s already powerful corporations. This decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, rolled back long-standing restrictions on corporate spending in elections, allowing companies, trade associations, and other non-profit groups to spend unlimited amounts of money directly on electioneering advertisements. Companies now have far more leeway to spend directly from their corporate treasury without disclosure to their shareholders, consumers, or the general public.

Find out how the largest corporations in the United States have responded to Citizens United. Roll your cursor over each corporation for further details on its spending policies and ways to reach out and demand that companies which can still use treasury money in elections reform their spending policies.

Pledged to Keep Corporate Treasury Money Out Of Elections:
These companies have policies that protect voters from unrestricted corporate election spending in spite of the rollbacks created by Citizens United. They have adopted policies of refraining from spending money directly from their company treasury on politics.

Has Not Pledged to Keep Corporate Treasury Money Out Of Elections:  
These companies’ policies do not address the rollbacks created by Citizens United. They have no policy prohibiting spending their treasury funds on politics. 

Prepared to Spend Corporate Money in Elections:
These companies have taken steps demonstrating that they will not protect voters from unrestricted corporate election spending in spite of the rollbacks created by Citizens United. They are prepared to spend without limits and without disclosure in our elections.
 
Pledged To Keep Corporate Treasury Money Out Of ElectionsHas Not Pledged To Keep Corporate Treasury Money Out Of ElectionsPrepared to spend corporate money in elections
 
  • Citigroup
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • Colgate-Palmolive
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • Dell
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • General Electric
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • Gilead
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • Goldman Sachs
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
  • International Business Machines
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
  • Microsoft
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • Morgan Stanley
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
  • Wells Fargo
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
  • Xerox Corporation
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: Yes
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • Alcoa
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Alcoa Accountable: Call Alcoa at 412-553-4545
  • Apple
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Apple Accountable: Call Apple at 408-974-2042
  • Abbott Laboratories
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Abbot Laboratories Accountable: Call Abbott Laboratories at 847-937-6100
  • American Electric Power Comp.
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold American Electric Accountable: Call American Electric at 614-716-1000
  • Allstate
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Allstate Accountable: Email Allstate
  • Amgen
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Amgen Accountable: Call Amgen at 805-447-1000
  • Amazon.com
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Amazon Accountable: Call Amazon at 206-266-2171
  • Avon Products
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Avon Accountable: Email Avon or Call  at 212-282-7000
  • American Express
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold American Express Accountable: Call American Express at 800-528-4800
  • Boeing
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Boeing Accountable: Call Boeing at 312-544-2000
  • Baker Hughes
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Baker Hughes Accountable: Call Baker Hughes at 713-439-8600
  • Bank of America
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Bank of America Accountable: Email Bank of America
  • Baxter International
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Baxter Accountable: Email Baxter or Call at 800-422-9837 
  • Bank of New York Mellon
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Bank of New York Mellon Accountable: Email Bank of New York Mellon or Call at 212-495-1784  
  • Berkshire Hathaway
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Berkshire Hathaway Accountable: Call Berkshire Hathaway at 402-346-1400
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Bristol-Myers Accountable: Call Bristol-Myers at 1-800-332-2056
  • Campbell Soup
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Campbell Accountable: Call Campbell at 800-257-8443
  • Caterpillar
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Caterpillar Accountable: Email Caterpillar or Call 309- 675-1000
  • Chevron
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Chevron Accountable: Call Chevron at 925-842-1000
  • Comcast
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Comcast Accountable: Email Comcast
  • Capital One
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
  • ConocoPhillips
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold ConocoPhillips Accountable: Email ConocoPhillips or Call at 281-293-1000 
  • Costco
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Costco Accountable: 1-800-955-2292
  • Cisco
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Cisco Accountable: Call Cisco at 408-526-4000
  • CVS
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold CVS Accountable: Email CVS or Call at 888-607-4287  
  • DuPont
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold DuPont Accountable: Email DuPont or Call at 302-774-1000    
  • Walt Disney
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Disney Accountable: Call Disney at 818-553-7200
  • Dow Chemical
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Dow Chemical Accountable: Call Dow at 989-636-1792
  • Devon Energy
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Devon Accountable: Call Disney at 405-235-3611
  • EMC Corporation
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold EMC Accountable: Call EMC at 866-362-6973
  • Entergy
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Entergy Accountable: Call Entergy at 1-800-368-3749
  • Exelon
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Exelon Accountable: Call Exelon at 800-483-3220
  • FedEx
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold FedEx Accountable: Call FedEx at 1-800-463-3339 
  • Ford Motor
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Ford Accountable: Email Ford Motor or Call 1-800-392-3673         
  • General Dynamics
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold General Dynamics Accountable: Call General Dynamics at 1-703-876-3000
  • Google
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Google Accountable: Sign the Petition or Call Google at 650-253-0000
  • Halliburton
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Halliburton Accountable: Call Halliburton at 281-575-3000
  • Home Depot
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Home Depot Accountable: Email Home Depot or Call 1-800-466-3337  
  • Heinz
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Heinz Accountable: Email Heinz or Call at 800-255-5750    
  • Honeywell
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Honeywell Accountable: Call Honeywell at 973-455-2000 
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold HP Accountable: Call HP at 800-752-0900
  • Intel
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Intel Accountable: Call Intel at 408-765-8080
  • Johnson & Johnson
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Johnson & Johnson Accountable: Call Johnson & Johnson at 732-524-0400
  • Kraft 
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes Link to Policy
    Hold Kraft Accountable: Email Kraft or Call at 847-646-2000  
  • Coca-Cola
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Coca-Cola Accountable: Call Coca-Cola at 1-800-438-2653
  • Lowe's
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Lowe's Accountable: Call Lowe's at 1-800-445-6937
  • Mastercard
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Mastercard Accountable: Email Mastercard; 914-249-6524
  • McDonald's
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold McDonald's Accountable: Call McDonald's at 1-800-244-6227
  • Medtronic
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No Link to Policy
    Hold Medtronic Accountable: Email Medtronic
  • Metlife
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Metlife Accountable: Email Metlife
  • Altria
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes Link to Policy
    Hold Altria Accountable: Email Altria
  • Monsanto
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Monsanto Accountable: Email Monsanto
  • Merck
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Merck Accountable: Call Merck at 908-423-1000
  • Nike
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Nike Accountable: Call Nike at 1-800-344-6453
  • National Oilwell Varco
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold National Oilwell Varco Accountable: Email National Oilwell Varco
  • Norfolk Southern
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Norfolk Southern Accountable: Call Norfolk Southern at 800-635-5768
  • News Corp
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold News Corp. Accountable: Call News Corp at 877-277-9781
  • NYSE Euronext
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold NYSE Euronext Accountable: Call NYSE Euronext at 212-656-3000
  • Oracle Corporation
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Oracle Accountable: Call Oracle Corporation at 650-506-7000
  • Occidental Petroleum Corp.
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Occidental Petroleum Corp. Accountable: Call Occidental Petroleum Corp. at 310-208-8800
  • Pepisco
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Pepsico Accountable: Call Pepsico at 914-253-2000
  • Pfizer
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Pfizer Accountable: Call Pfizer at 212-733-2323
  • Proctor & Gamble
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold P&G Accountable: Email P&G
  • Qualcomm Inc.
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Qualcomm Inc. Accountable: Email Qualcomm Inc.
  • Regions
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Regions Accountable: Call Regions at 800-734-4667
  • Raytheon
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Raytheon Accountable: Call Raytheon at 781-522-3000
  • Sprint Nextel
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Sprint Nextel Accountable: Call Sprint Nextel at 800-927-2199
  • Schlumberger
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Schlumberger Accountable: Email Schlumberger
  • Sara Lee
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Sara Lee Accountable: Email Sara Lee
  • Southern Company
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Southern Company Accountable: Email Southern Company
  • AT&T
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold AT&T Accountable: Email AT&T
  • Time Warner
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Time Warner Accountable: Email Time Warner
  • Texas Instruments
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes Link to Policy
    Hold Texas Instruments Accountable: Call Texas Instruments at 972-995-2011
  • UnitedHealth
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold UnitedHealth Accountable: Email UnitedHealth
  • United Parcel Service
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold UPS Accountable: Email UPS
  • US Bancorp
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold US Bancorp Accountable: Email US Bancorp
  • United Technologies
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold United Technologies Accountable: Email United Technologies
  • Verizon
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Verizon Accountable: Call Verizon at 888-483-2600
  • Walgreen
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Walgreens Accountable: Call Walgreens at 800-925-4733
  • Williams Companies
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: Yes
    Hold Williams Companies Accountable: Email Williams Companies
  • Wal-Mart
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Wal-Mart Accountable: Email Wal-Mart
  • Weyerhauser
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Weyerhauser Accountable: Call Weyerhauser at 253-924-2058
  • Exxon Mobil
    Pledges Not to Spend in Elections: No
    Pledges to Disclose All Political Spending: No
    Hold Exxon Mobil Accountable: Email Exxon Mobil

For any tips, corrections, or comments, please email corporate.spending@pubadvocate.nyc.gov.

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