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 semi-annual 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 2018, the amounts reported totaled $220,893 as compared to $215,158 in 2017.
Listed below are the trade associations that received 2018 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 2018 Membership||Non-Deductible Portion of Dues Allocated to Lobbying|
|Edison Electric Institute||$1,303,797||$180,432|
|American Gas Association||$211,356||$6,552|
|Energy Association of Pennsylvania||$170,431||$10,226|
|Greater Louisville, Inc.||$131,250||$3,938|
|Kentucky Chamber of Commerce||$55,490||$8,324|
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.
PPL Corporation does not make independent political expenditures in connection with campaigns or to influence ballot measures, and it is our current policy not to make such expenditures. PPL Corporation makes donations to various tax-exempt organizations. Charitable donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are not covered under this policy. The company occasionally makes contributions to other tax-exempt organizations, such as 501(c)(4) and 527 organizations, but such contributions are generally related to memberships and event sponsorships and not intended to influence a political campaign. In 2018, PPL Corporation did not make any contributions to such tax-exempt organizations.
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.
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: