Public Policy Engagement
Laws and policies enacted at the federal and state levels can have a significant impact on PPL and our customers, employees and shareowners.
PPL actively encourages public policy that furthers our ability to provide reliable and affordable electricity to our customers and to function efficiently, safely and economically. Our active participation in the public policy arena is appropriate in order to keep public officials are informed about key issues that affect the interests of our customers, employees, shareowners and the communities we serve.
PPL takes very seriously the need to conduct all aspects of our business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and consistent with the company’s values.
PPL reports all corporate lobbying-related activities and expenditures to appropriate state and federal agencies. Information on PPL’s current lobbying activities can be found in lobbying reports filed with the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission and Pennsylvania Department of State and will also be made available upon request.
PPL’s Public Affairs Department is in regular communication with executive leadership and provides reports to the Board on key issues and advocacy positions.
PPL belongs to various business and trade associations that engage generally in education and advocacy efforts on a number of industry and business-related issues. PPL reports dues or payments to trade associations not deductible under Section 162(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code in its lobbying filings, as required by state and federal laws. In 2019, the amounts reported totaled $235,715, as compared to $220,893 in 2018.
Listed below are the trade associations that received 2019 annual dues in excess of $50,000, including that portion of dues identified by each trade association as attributable to lobbying.
|Association||Total Dues for 2019 Membership||Non-Deductible Portion of Dues Allocated to Lobbying|
|Edison Electric Institute||$1,330,635||$184,189|
|American Gas Association||$218,521||$7,648|
|Energy Association of Pennsylvania||$191,992||$11,520|
|Greater Louisville, Inc.||$131,250||$6,563|
|Kentucky Chamber of Commerce||$55,490||$8,324|
Political Action Committees (PACs)
PPL Corporation and its affiliates are prohibited from making contributions to candidates and political parties, including in-kind contributions, under federal law and under the laws of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, the states in which PPL currently has significant utility operations. PPL has established federal and state PACs through which employees may participate in the political process. People for Good Government (PGG) and the LG&E-KU Political Awareness and Civil Education Committee (PACE) are PACs that encourage active interest and participation in the political process by employees, retirees and shareowners. These nonpartisan, voluntary PACs are organized and operate separately from PPL Corporation, as required by law. They are guided by steering committees and allocations committees made up of employees from across the company. Decisions regarding PAC contributions are made without regard to the private political preference of any executive or individual employee.
PGG and PACE report all PAC contributions in campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Pennsylvania Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, and Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Reports will be made available upon request.
Independent Expenditures and Tax-Exempt Organizations
PPL Corporation did not make any independent political expenditures in connection with campaigns or to influence ballot measures in 2019, and it is PPL’s current policy not to make such expenditures. PPL Corporation does make contributions to certain politically related or issue-based tax-exempt organizations, such as 501(c)(4), and 527 organizations. These contributions are generally related to memberships and event sponsorships and not intended to influence a political campaign. Should PPL decide to make independent expenditures in the future, or make contributions to a tax- exempt organization for the purpose of influencing a campaign, the expenditures must be approved by the most senior officer responsible for government or regulatory affairs in PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, LG&E and KU Energy LLC, or PPL Services Corporation. In 2019, PPL contributed $25,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association and $10,000 to the Consumer Energy Alliance, an organization advocating in support of affordable, reliable energy.
The PPL Corporation Board of Directors, or a duly authorized oversight committee, receive on an annual basis a report of corporate political contributions, including the following:
- The non-deductible portion of dues and other payments made to trade associations that are in excess of $50,000.
- Independent expenditures in connection with campaigns or to influence ballot measures.
- Contributions to tax-exempt organizations covered under this policy, such as 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations.
- PPL Governance and Nominating Committee has oversight over ESG and sustainability matters, and all corporate sustainability disclosures and ratings, including those related to corporate public policy disclosures, are reviewed with the committee.