Employee Contributions to Political Activities

While we encourage our people to participate in community and political activities, we do not endorse any organization or activity in which employees choose to participate, and we do not discriminate in favor of or against employees based on the organizations they choose to support.

Xerox Political Action Committee

The Xerox Political Action Committee (XPAC) is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from employees, with all contributions allocated directly to candidate campaigns for U.S. federal office. In most cases, XPAC supports candidates who represent districts where Xerox has a strong presence and/or candidates who play an influential role on Congressional committees whose actions could affect the management of Xerox and/or our business.   A Board of Directors leads the XPAC with representatives from each major business unit who determine which candidates and political committees receive contributions.

How Does the XPAC Decide Which Candidates to Support?

The XPAC Board uses a defined set of criteria in selecting candidates to receive contributions from the XPAC. These criteria include the following:

1. The candidate’s position on crucial policy issues;

2. The candidate’s overall support for our company and industry;

3. The candidate’s overall support for the free enterprise system and U.S. competitiveness;

4. A demonstrated willingness on the part of the candidate to work with our company and industry to achieve responsible public policy solutions.

As part of campaign finance reform, Congress created PACs in the 1970s. They are the most transparent and closely regulated method of making contributions to electoral campaigns. In accordance with the PAC’s updated Articles of Organization, XPAC distributed $22,000 in political contributions to eight candidates during the 2006 election cycle. All XPAC filings with the Federal Election Commission are current.

Candidates Who Received Xerox Political Action Committee Contributions.

Xerox's Lobbying Disclosure Act Reports

Xerox's Policies for Corporate and PAC Political Contributions

XPAC Participation at Xerox

Complex issues and multitude of voices competing for attention constantly confront elected officials.  By providing support for the electoral campaigns of quality men and women, the XPAC is able to help the company build positive relationships that ensure our views are represented fairly as public policy is developed and implemented. 

It is illegal for Xerox Corporation to use corporate funds to make contributions to candidates for federal political office or to national political committees, such as the Democratic and Republican National Committees.  However, federal law entitles us to establish a political action committee, such as the XPAC, to make these contributions. 

The XPAC is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from employees, and all contributions go directly to candidate campaigns for political office;

The goals of the XPAC include the following:

bullet Educate employees about the importance of becoming more involved in the political process at both the federal and state levels;
bullet Develop strong relationships with Members of Congress and state legislators who have a key role in public policy decisions that affect our company, our industry, and our communities;
bullet Increase the visibility of Xerox Corporation in Washington, D.C., as well as among state capitols in states where we have a presence.

Xerox Trade Association Memberships

Trade association memberships with dues exceeding $25,000 in 2007:

Trade Association  
Dues
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The Business Roundtable
$226,500
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Information Technology Association of America
$46,680
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National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
$28,000
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Business-Higher Education Forum
$25,000
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
$140,000
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AEA
$91,050
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National Association of Manufacturers
$78,000
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Business Council of New York
$42,281
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Xerox Contributions to 527s and 501c(4)s in 2007

bullet Xerox made no contributions to 527 organizations.
bullet U.S. Climate Action Partnership ($50,000) is the only 501c(4) contribution.

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