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U.S. Political Contributions

As a leading global agricultural processor and food-ingredient provider, 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 believes that participation in the political process is an important element of our business, one undertaken for the benefit of all company stakeholders. We therefore 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. Decisions to support particular candidates and/or organizations are determined by the company’s best interests, not the personal political preferences of ADM executives.

Policies and Guidelines
In addition to individual candidates for public office and candidate committees, ADM supports a small number of 527 groups, including the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations, the Democratic and Republican Legislative Campaign Committees, and the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee. We do not support independent political expenditures or 501(c)4 organizations.

Recent activity
In 2015, ADM’s corporate contributions totaled $273,800, 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 2015 totaled $167,080. These PAC contribution figures and supporting data have been filed with the Federal Election Commission. Past years' totals follow.

ADM Corporate ADMPAC
2014 $299,400 $167,700
2013 $203,750 $186,263
2012 $700,350 $231,275
2011 $137,600 $154,600

Reporting and Disclosure
ADM management reports on our company’s political contributions, compliance and strategy to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. The Board’s Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee, composed solely of outside directors, reviews these reports at each of its meetings. 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.

Political Activity by ADM Employees
Some ADM employees choose to support the well-being of their communities by participating in the political activities of their choice. However, they may only participate in such activities on their own time and at their own expense. They may never use ADM property or resources for personal political activities. In addition, they should never engage in any political activities on ADM’s behalf, unless authorized to do so. Employees may not attempt to coerce coworkers, especially those who reports to them, to support their personal political causes or candidates.

Policy on Political Expenditures from Company Funds
ADM’s Code of Conduct

ADM will only engage in the political process when allowed by law. Our company will only contribute to political candidates or campaigns with the prior written approval of our CEO or the Government Relations department. “Contribute” is a broad term and may include money, property, services and so forth.

Lobbying activities are highly regulated. We therefore may not make any contacts with government officials in an attempt to influence legislation, regulation, policy or other governmental actions on ADM’s behalf. The only exception to this rule is when you have specific permission from our CEO or the Government Relations department. Additionally, lobbying activity may require certain reporting requirements.

ADM engages in a centralized, deliberative process when making decisions about the company's political participation to ensure that all applicable laws are followed, and all appropriate disclosures are made.

The company’s vice president of Government Relations and director of State Government Relations authorize expenditures of less than $1,000. Contributions of greater than $1,000 typically require the approval of the board of directors of ADMPAC, a political action committee funded by our employees’ voluntary contributions. The ADMPAC board of directors is chaired by the vice president of Government relations and composed of employees who represent various areas of the company.

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