Corporate Contributions to State Candidates and Committees
As noted earlier in this report, during 2012 Allstate contributed approximately 2 percent of its public policy resources to state candidates for public office, political parties, political committees, and other entities organized and operating under 26 U.S.C. Section 527. Allstate supported candidates and committees, with the contributions for this period totaling $372,080. Of this amount, 40% supported Democratic candidates, 56% supported Republican candidates, and 4 percent supported non-partisan committees.
ALLPAC and MIALLPAC Contributions
The Allstate Insurance Company Political Action Committee (ALLPAC) is a voluntary, non-partisan political action committee (PAC) comprised of eligible individual employees. Participation in ALLPAC is voluntary, and the decision whether or not to participate does not affect an employee’s status in any way. These personal contributions support candidates for federal and state elected office who support the competitive marketplace, and who understand and support the issues of importance to our industry generally, and the Allstate group of companies specifically. Currently, ALLPAC has 378 members, who contributed a total of $303,975 in 2012, with an average contribution of approximately $800 per participant.
ALLPAC contributions to candidates are governed by a board of directors composed of senior company officers. Candidates who receive PAC contributions must demonstrate one or all of the following: a commitment to free enterprise and a competitive marketplace; sound judgment on issues of concern to our industry; a supportive voting record; and viability as a candidate.
During 2012, ALLPAC contributed a total of $302,655 to state and federal candidates for public office as well as political committees. Of that total, 30 percent supported Democratic candidates and committees, 67 percent supported Republican candidates and committees, and 3 percent supported non-partisan committees.
The Michigan Allstate Insurance Company Political Action Committee (MIALLPAC) is the Michigan-only PAC funded by eligible Allstate employees and abides by the same practices and procedures as ALLPAC. Currently MIALLPAC has eight members who contributed a total of $6,589 in 2012, with an average contribution of $823 per participant. During 2012, MIALLPAC contributed $8,600 to various candidates and committees.
Allstate leverages an intranet-based system, called Take Your Stand, as a means to engage interested agency owners and employees through grassroots activism on important public policy initiatives. In 2012, the company spent $42,500 for vendor services to administer and host this online communication portal. Through this platform, Allstate agents and employees are able to communicate directly with federal and state elected officials on public policy matters that are important to Allstate and our customers. Participation in Take Your Stand activism is completely voluntary. In 2012, more than 2,400 Allstate agents and employees sent more than 7,500 advocacy messages to 544 state and federal elected officials.