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U.S. Political Contributions

Supporting a growth agenda

As a global agricultural leader, Archer Daniels Midland Company connects the harvest to the home and serves growing global demand for food and energy.

Our ability to fulfill this vital purpose is enhanced when government policies impacting our operations promote growth — growth that facilitates job creation; encourages ongoing investment in our business, our employees and the communities where we live and work; and returns value to our stockholders.

ADM's Board of Directors therefore believes that participation in the political process is an important element of our business, one undertaken for the benefit of all company stakeholders.  ADM engages in a centralized, deliberative process when making decisions about the Company's participation to ensure that all applicable laws are followed, and all appropriate disclosures are made. 

ADM and ADMPAC, a political action committee funded by our employees’ voluntary contributions, support candidates for political office and organizations that share our pro-growth vision, our aspirations for the future of global agriculture, and our commitment to the people who depend on it for their lives and livelihoods. 

In the first quarter of the 2013 calendar year, ADM’s corporate contributions totaled $120,200, with recipients ranging from individual state candidate campaigns to state political parties and select state and national political associations.

ADMPAC's contributions to federal candidates, state candidates, and various federal and state campaign committees during the first quarter of the 2013 calendar year totaled $89,113.  These PAC contribution figures and supporting data have been filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Figures for prior years are below:

ADM Corporate ADMPAC
2012 $700,350 $231,275
2011 $137,600 $154,600
2010 $340,750 $183,000
2009 $197,575 $134,500
2008 $412,255 $211,000


Reporting and Disclosure

ADM management reports on our company’s political contributions, compliance and strategy to the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors at least annually.  We submit quarterly reports to Congress detailing our federal lobbying, as required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act.  In addition, ADM's federal PAC is required to submit to the Federal Election Commission regular, detailed reports of all distributions and contributions.  These reports are available to the public online.  ADM’s political activities and contributions are also subject to state-level regulations..   States that allow corporate contributions to candidates or political parties require that the identity of the donors and the dollar amounts of political contributions be disclosed.  This information is widely available on individual states’ websites. 

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