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Political activities

We advocate on behalf of our customers, stockholders and employees for safe, reliable and affordable energy before local, state and federal elected officials and government agencies. We maintain governmental and regulatory relations offices in Chicago, Illinois; Rosemount, Minnesota; Madison, Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Washington, D.C. We also hire contract lobbyists and work with trade organizations to assist in advocacy activities. Our lobbyists are lawfully registered in each jurisdiction where they perform services for us.

We have multiple political action committees (PACs). Our PACs are registered with their regulating governments (state or federal) and authorized by elections laws to collect voluntary contributions from employees who choose to participate. The money, in turn, is used to support candidates running for federal, state and local offices.

Contribution amounts are limited by law. All of our PACs are administered by a committee that combines appointed and elected members. Oversight committees make decisions on how and where dollars are spent.

We have a corporate policy on political contributions and reporting, and periodically conduct training on compliance with lobbying laws. As part of its oversight function, the board’s Audit and Oversight Committee, which consists solely of independent directors, conducts an annual review of this policy. The committee also reviews a summary of political activities and associated reporting excerpted from the Corporate Responsibility Report in advance of its publication each year.

Corporate political donations

Our Political Contributions Policy governs contributions to organizations operating under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code and organizations that qualify as national political committees. Corporate contributions adhere to all applicable federal and state laws where we do business. We use corporate funds to support candidates and causes to benefit energy safety, reliability and affordability, without regard for executives’ personal political preferences.

Lobbying

WEC Energy Group files federal quarterly lobbying reports and semiannual contribution reports with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the secretary of the U.S. Senate. These reports are located at house.gov and senate.gov.

Reports for WEC Energy Group’s political lobbying activities at the state level are available from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission (lobbying.wi.gov), Michigan Department of State (https://www.michigan.gov/sos/), Office of the Illinois Secretary of State (https://www.ilsos.gov/lobbyistsearch/) and Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (cfb.mn.gov).

Political action disbursements

Organization 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
WEC Energy Group PAC
(WEC PAC – a federal PAC)
$42,500 $49,500 $44,500 $27,500 $28,000
WEC Energy Group PAC
(WEC PAC – a Wisconsin state PAC)
80,321 44,300 63,850 30,500 45,100
WEC Energy Group Personal Contribution Account
(WEC PAC Conduit – a Wisconsin state registered entity)
73,636 24,978 38,316 35,037 64,998
Michigan Political Action Committee
(MIPAC – a Michigan state PAC)
4,722 13,200 18,000
Peoples Gas Political Action Committee
(Peoples Gas PAC – an Illinois state PAC)
216,338* 408,200** 123,600* 44,500 47,150
Total $417,517 $526,978 $283,466 $137,537 $203,248

* This value includes both Peoples Gas PAC and corporate funds disbursements, which is allowed under Illinois law.
** This value includes only corporate funds disbursements, which is allowed under Illinois law.
For an up-to-date list of WEC PAC Wisconsin contributions, search for “WEC Energy Group PAC” at: https://cfis.wi.gov/Public/Registration.aspx?page=FiledReports.
For an up-to-date list of WEC conduits, search for “WEC Energy Group PCA” at: https://cfis.wi.gov/Public/Registration.aspx?page=ViewConduitContributions.
For an up-to-date list of WEC PAC federal contributions, search for “WEC Energy Group” at: https://classic.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norcomsea.shtml.

Corporate contributions to Wisconsin state party legislative committees

Committee 2018
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee 12,000
Republican Party of Wisconsin 12,000
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee 6,000
State Senate Democratic Committee 6,000

Trade organization memberships

Organization Membership dues Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018 Portion of dues used by organization for political purposes
American Gas Association $858,331 $26,608
Edison Electric Institute 1,197,493 165,549
Illinois Energy Association 35,000 14,000
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association 12,500 2,250
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce 179,712 3,594
Michigan Electric & Gas Association 88,186 de minimis
Michigan Manufacturers Association 4,930 1,233
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce 50,194 10,039
Wisconsin Utilities Association 227,491 34,123
Wisconsin Utility Investors 113,910 5,696