Corporate political transparency ratings

Many of Amer­ica’s most power­ful com­pan­ies do not re­port how much they spend to in­flu­ence elec­tions and le­gis­la­tion. These com­pan­ies con­trib­ute mil­lions of dol­lars to power­ful trade as­so­ci­ations and to oth­er polit­ic­ally act­ive groups that are not re­quired to re­port the sources of their fund­ing.

Those groups, in turn, spend the money on lob­by­ing and oth­er polit­ic­al activ­ity. The Los Angeles Times re­viewed how the 75 largest pub­licly traded com­pan­ies in the en­ergy, health­care and fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tors dis­close their polit­ic­al giv­ing on their cor­por­ate web­sites.

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Company Sector Discloses direct giving to candidates and campaigns Discloses trade association dues used for political purposes Discloses contributions to tax-exempt issue advocacy groups Full report Sort
Abbott Laboratories Health 1.0
American Electric Power Energy 3.0
AES Corp. Energy 0.0
Aetna Health 3.0
Aflac Financial 0.0
Allstate Financial 0.0
Ally Financial Financial 0.0
American Express Financial 1.0
American International Group Financial 0.0
AmerisourceBergen Health 0.0
Amgen Health 1.0
Bank of America Corp. Financial 0.0
Baxter International Health 3.0
BB&T Capital Markets Financial 0.0
Berkshire Hathaway Financial 0.0
Bristol-Myers Squibb Health 2.5
Capital One Financial 1.0
Cardinal Health Health 0.0
Chevron Energy 1.5
Chubb Financial 0.0
Cigna Health 0.0
Citigroup Financial 1.0
ConocoPhillips Energy 1.5
Consolidated Edison Energy 0.0
Constellation Energy Group Energy 0.0
Coventry Health Care Health 0.0
CVS Caremark Health 0.0
Dominion Energy 1.5
Duke Energy Energy 0.0
Eli Lilly Health 1.0
Enterprise Products Partners Energy 0.0
Exelon Energy 3.0
Express Scripts Health 1.0
Exxon Mobil Energy 1.0
FirstEnergy Energy 1.0
General Electric Financial 1.0
Goldman Sachs Group Financial 0.0
Halliburton Energy 0.0
Hospital Corporation of America Health 0.0
HealthNet Health 2.0
Hess Corp. Energy 1.0
Humana Health 3.0
International Assets Holding Financial 0.0
Johnson & Johnson Health 1.5
JP Morgan Chase Financial 0.0
Loews Financial 0.0
Marathon Oil Energy 0.0
McKesson Health 0.0
Medco Health 0.0
Medtronic Health 1.0
Merck Health 2.0
MetLife Financial 0.0
Morgan Stanley Financial 0.5
Murphy Oil Energy 0.0
National Oilwell Varco Energy 0.0
NextEra Energy Energy 0.0
Occidental Petroleum Energy 0.0
Pfizer Health 2.5
Pacific Gas & Electric Energy 1.5
Plains All American Pipeline Energy 0.0
PNC Financial Services Financial 0.0
Progressive Insurance Financial 0.0
Prudential Financial Financial 2.0
Rite Aid Health 0.0
Southern Co. Energy 1.0
Sunoco Energy 0.0
Tesoro Energy 0.0
Hartford Financial Services Financial 2.0
Travelers Financial 0.0
U.S. Bancorp Financial 3.0
UnitedHealth Group Health 1.0
Valero Energy Energy 0.0
Walgreen Health 0.0
WellPoint Health 1.0
Wells Fargo Financial 0.5

Sources: Times research

Credits: Kim Geiger, Noam N. Levey, Thomas Suh Lauder, Ben Welsh


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