Allstate is actively involved in the public policy process at the state and federal levels. We believe that the existence of extensive state-based regulation of insurance, the importance of a fair court system to our customers, and the priority we place on the importance of personal safety and property protection combine to demand that Allstate seek to shape sound public policy.
Board oversight and contribution governance
We believe participating in the development of good public policy and offering ideas and resources in this arena will help our customers protect themselves from life’s uncertainties and prepare them for the future. Allstate maintains a rigorous oversight process for these advocacy efforts. In addition to complying with public disclosure laws at the state and national levels, we maintain internal guidelines and procedures that govern public advocacy and political activities.
The decision to use corporate resources in the public policy arena is consistent with the company’s annual operating plan as well as its strategic vision to reinvent protection and retirement for the consumer, and is not based upon the personal views of any individual member of the Board of Directors. The specific deployment of corporate resources is presented formally to the Board each year, and is always guided by the principle of what is best for the business interests of our shareholders, employees, agents, and customers.
With regard to corporate contributions to candidates, our General Counsel and the Senior Vice President-Government Relations/Deputy General Counsel determine to which candidates and committees we offer our support, and these contributions are subject to further oversight by the company’s Board of Directors. These resources are devoted to candidates whose views and positions will improve the insurance marketplace for the company, the insurance industry, and the insurance consumer.
Overview of Expenditures
Allstate supports candidates for public office, research associations, coalitions, industry trade associations, non-profit organizations, and other groups to advance key priorities such as teen safe driving, regulatory modernization, and natural catastrophe management. We may not agree with every position taken by a specific organization, candidate or committee. Nevertheless, when we believe it prudent to work across such differences on behalf of the interests of our stakeholders, that’s what we do.
In 2012, the company’s efforts in this arena utilized approximately $15.6 million in corporate funds, which represent four one-hundredths of one percent of revenues. In addition, for the same period the employee-funded political action committees contributed approximately $311,255 to a wide variety of political organizations and candidates.
As part of our public policy effort, the company supports various organizations, including tax-exempt organizations that may engage in lobbying activities, candidates, and committees in its public policy efforts. This support is allocated among the following five categories of activities: research, coalitions, national and state trade associations, and corporate political contributions. This report describes each of the categories and the amount we spend in each category. We devote more than 47 percent of these corporate resources toward research. Approximately 76 percent of the total company support was directed to tax deductible, non-lobbying endeavors.