Political Contributions & Lobbying
We have a three-pronged approach to lobbying:
- Educating our elected officials and regulators on issues affecting the company and our industry
- Elevating the conversation above partisan politics
- Engaging with legislators and regulators to support responsible and reasonable laws and regulations
For example, our subject-matter experts in flaring and emissions management, water management, hydraulic fracturing, well integrity, drilling, completions and safety practices review proposed regulations and legislation. They may provide testimony to legislative bodies, participate in industry working groups and collaborate with stakeholder groups to develop mutually acceptable solutions.
Engaging on Climate Change Public Policy
Marathon Oil shares the oil and gas industry’s commitment to providing abundant, low-cost and reliable energy while reducing carbon emissions. We believe real, lasting climate solutions are driven by innovation and technology breakthroughs that enhance our way of life and reduce emissions.
We support the American Exploration & Production Council’s (AXPC) Climate Principles, which call for energy policy that balances demand for affordable, reliable and sustainable energy with rational and reasonable policies. Consistent with other AXPC member companies, we will support policies that:
- Facilitate meaningful greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions
- Balance economic, environmental and energy security needs
- Promote innovation
AXPC’s Climate Principles represent member companies’ commitment to public policies that recognize the progress our industry is making, without harming American workers, families, small businesses or communities.
We contribute to candidates and organizations that support responsible energy development. In 2019, Marathon Oil made direct corporate contributions totaling $60,000 to six candidates, political party organizations and political action committees (PAC), as allowed by state law in New Mexico.
Through the Marathon Oil Company Employees Political Action Committee (MEPAC), eligible employees can contribute to candidates for U.S. federal and state elected office. In 2019, MEPAC donated $23,250 to 18 candidates, political party organizations and PACs. MEPAC is registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and complies with all FEC, state and local rules and reporting requirements.
The Marathon Oil Company Political Action Committee of Texas (MOPAC-TX) donated $2,000 to one state candidate in Texas in 2019. After September 2019, any employee political action committee donations in Texas were made through MEPAC, as MOPAC-TX was dissolved due to a change in Texas law.
MEPAC is managed by a board of employee directors. All PAC contributions are based on a candidate’s position on business issues and without regard for the personal political preferences of company executives or PAC board members.
Marathon Oil also makes payments to organizations and trade associations that engage in, among other things, lobbying activities. Through these trade associations, we participate in the U.S. public policy dialogue about critical environmental and energy policies, including rulemaking comment periods regarding issues related to climate change. In the interest of good governance and transparency, we voluntarily report these payments (as more specifically described below), and our policies and procedures for lobbying and political activities, in our Report of Lobbying and Political Contributions.
Our 2019 Report discloses corporate contributions made to tax-exempt 527s and 501(c)(4)s that exceeded $35,000, and which the recipient may use for political purposes. Based on information we received from our trade associations, the report also discloses the lobbying portion of our payments and dues made to trade organizations that, if made directly by the company, would not be deductible under section 162(e) of the Internal Revenue Code and that exceed $35,000.
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