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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).

Our direct lobbying is conducted in support of our corporate initiatives and targets, including our greenhouse gas reduction goals, and is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Political action disbursements

Organization 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
WEC Energy Group PAC
(WEC PAC – a federal PAC)
$33,500 $40,000 $42,500 $49,500 $44,500
WEC Energy Group PAC
(WEC PAC – a Wisconsin state PAC)
104,400 82,550 80,321 44,300 63,850
WEC Energy Group Personal Contribution Account
(WEC PAC Conduit – a Wisconsin state registered entity)
25,385 15,524 73,636 24,978 38,316
Michigan Political Action Committee
(MIPAC – a Michigan state PAC)
4,250 4,722 13,200
Peoples Gas Political Action Committee
(Peoples Gas PAC – an Illinois state PAC)
175,950** 309,750** 216,338* 408,200** 123,600*
Total $343,485 $447,824 $417,517 $526,978 $283,466

* 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://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/.

Corporate contributions to Wisconsin state party legislative committees

Committee 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
Committee to Elect a Republican Senate 12,000 12,000
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee 6,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Republican Party of Wisconsin 12,000 12,000 12,000
State Senate Democratic Committee 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000

Trade organization memberships

Trade association dues and 501(c)(4) contributions, 2016-2020