Marathon Oil’s commitment is to participate in the public policy process on issues relevant to our Company and industry. These issues, such as regulations and tax structures that encourage investment, affect our license to operate, build a sustainable company and create shareholder value.
We seek to have a voice in regulatory and legislative decisions so that we can continue to comply with regulations while producing oil and gas cost effectively, offering competitive employment opportunities, protecting the environment and having a positive impact on the communities where we operate.
The Company believes that U.S. state governments are typically best positioned to regulate oil and gas operations. Some proposed federal regulations would slow economic development if enacted because they duplicate or conflict with state or other federal regulations. In 2015, we continued to share insights and concerns related to our U.S. unconventional resource plays with legislators and regulators at the federal, state and local levels.
Marathon Oil contributed a total of U.S. $12,500 to candidates, political party organizations and political action committees (PACs), where allowed by law, in the U.S. and Canada in 2015. Contributions are made to candidates who support responsible energy development, are based solely on a candidate’s position on business issues and are made without regard for the individual political preferences of Company executives.
Eligible employees may contribute to candidates for U.S. federal and state elected office through the Marathon Oil Company Employees Political Action Committee (MEPAC). MEPAC is registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and complies with all FEC, state and local rules and reporting requirements. In 2015, MEPAC donated approximately $83,500 to 55 candidates, political party organizations and PACs, and $65,000 to the Marathon Oil Company Political Action Committee of Texas (MOCPAC-TX). Our donations to candidates and PACs at the state and local level in Texas are made through MOCPAC-TX. In 2015, MOCPAC-TX donated approximately $4,500 to four candidates and PACs. MOCPAC-TX is registered with the Texas Ethics Commission and complies with all Texas rules and reporting requirements.
During 2015, we made payments to organizations and trade associations that engage in, among other things, lobbying activities. As part of our commitment to good governance and transparency, we voluntarily provide the 2015 Report of Lobbying and Political Contributions, which discusses in greater detail these payments, along with our policies and procedures for lobbying and political activities. The report also discloses: