Products manufactured by the operating companies of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) are sold, taxed and regulated in all 50 U.S. states. As a result, the companies' businesses can be affected both by laws and regulations that impact the business climate generally, as well as those that specifically govern the manufacture and sale of tobacco products.
Accordingly, RAI and its operating companies participate in the political and public policy process in a manner consistent with the law and the interests of their businesses. Two ways in which RAI and its operating companies participate are through contributions to political organizations, candidates and committees, in the jurisdictions that permit them, and contributions to tax-exempt organizations that advocate public policy positions or engage in lobbying activity.
RAI and its operating companies may not necessarily agree with all of the positions taken by each candidate or organization to which they contribute, but before making a contribution, RAI and its operating companies determine that the contribution is in line with the principles discussed in our statement of
Vision and Beliefs, the policy positions discussed in the Transforming Tobacco section of this website, or is otherwise in the interests of the company. As a matter of policy, corporate contributions are not made based on any officer's or employee's personal political preferences.
RAI and its operating companies also retain the services of government relations consultants at the federal, state and local levels, as needed. Contracted lobbyists, and staff members registered to lobby, engage with elected officials and their staffs to communicate the companies’ viewpoints and perspectives on legislative and public policy matters. Such engagement is undertaken at the direction of the Public Affairs staff for RAI and its operating companies, under the supervision and approval of the executive vice president of Public Affairs. Lobbying expenses are disclosed in filings with appropriate federal and state agencies in accordance with applicable laws.
Policies and Procedures
Proposed corporate political contributions are reviewed internally to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and to determine that they are in the best interests of the RAI companies. For more details on our policy and procedures,
Information on corporate political contributions is posted annually, during the first quarter of the year following the close of the reporting period, and prior to the annual shareholders' meeting.