Political Contributions

Political Contributions

Southern Company and its subsidiaries comply with all laws governing the making of political contributions or expenditures, including independent expenditures, using corporate funds in connection with elections for public office. Any use of corporate funds to make political contributions or independent expenditures (as defined by applicable law) in connection with elections for public office must be approved in advance by the Chief Executive Officer, the senior External Affairs Officer and the General Counsel (if applicable) of the Southern Company entity making the disbursement. Southern Company contributions in 2013 and 2012 were as follows:

Political Contributions Report
Contribution Recipient 2013
Jan-Jun
2013
Jul-Dec
2012
Democratic Attorneys General Association $15,000 $0 $0
Democratic Governors Association $125,000 $87,000 $110,000
Republican Governors Association $0 $100,000 $100,000
Republican State Leadership Committee $85,000 $15,000 $0
Total $225,000 $202,000 $210,000

 

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Lobbying-Related Activities

Engagement in legislative and regulatory proceedings at the federal, state and local levels of government is crucial to the success of Southern Company. Southern Company and its subsidiaries devote substantial attention and resources to interaction with government officials as public policy is debated and laws and regulations are developed. In addition, Southern Company works closely with trade associations and industry coalitions in its government relations activities. Southern Company made payments of $50,000 or more in 2013 to the following trade associations and coalitions engaged in lobbying-related activities:

Recipient
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Business Roundtable
Edison Electric Institute
Electricity Reliability Coordination Council
National Association of Manufacturers
Nuclear Energy Institute
Reforming America's Taxes Equitability
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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