Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. Political Activities
Where permitted by law, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox” or the “Company”) may contribute directly to state or local candidates, political party committees, political committees (e.g., PACs) or other political organizations exempt from federal income taxes under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code; payments to any other entity that is earmarked to be used for independent expenditures for a candidate or political party; or to a ballot measure committee (collectively “Corporate Political Contributions”). All Corporate Political Contributions must be approved in advance by 21st Century Fox’s Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy and align with the Company’s business or community interests, and not those of any individual officer or executive. 21st Century Fox will annually disclose on its website all such Corporate Political Contributions.
Corporate Political Contributions
The contributions provided below were made prior to the separation of the Company into 21st Century Fox and News Corporation (the ‘Separation’).
The government plays a significant role in how our business operates. From broadcast regulations to online advertising and intellectual property protection, legislators at both the state and federal levels have proposed numerous changes in public policy in these areas—some of which would help our industry, and some of which would limit our ability to achieve our goals. 21st Century Fox is active in the public policy process protecting the interests of our employees and shareholders. 21st Century Fox’s Political Action Committee —FOX PAC — is an integral component of our government relations strategy, which also includes grassroots communications and direct lobbying. These three elements work together to carry our message to Congress and to state office holders. The FOX PAC is a non-partisan PAC. Its focus is helping to elect quality men and women, regardless of political party, who are dedicated to providing leadership in public service and promoting sound public policy. FOX PAC is funded by voluntary contributions from eligible employees of the company, and is used to make contributions at the federal level and in states where allowed.
FOX PAC Management
The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and PAC Manager are responsible for the day-to-day activities of the FOX PAC. These officers are responsible for the solicitation of contributions to and the disbursement of funds from the PAC consistent with state and federal law. All FOX PAC activities are reviewed by outside counsel.
How Are Contributions to Candidates Decided?
Decisions regarding corporate and FOX PAC contributions are made on a non-partisan basis to support candidates, regardless of party affiliation, based on criteria that include, but are not limited to:
- Positions on our company and industry issues;
- Area of focus;
- Knowledge of 21st Century Fox, our programs, and policies;
- Voting record on issues important to our company and our industry; and
- Representation of 21st Century Fox facilities and employees.
FOX PAC Political Contributions
FOX PAC’s Political Contributions are publicly disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. These reports are available at the following link and include contributions made prior to the Separation by the News America-FOXPAC: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00330019/
Individual Political Contributions & Activities
Individuals are welcome to engage in the political process in any way allowable by law, including but not limited to donating money to the candidates of their choice and volunteering on campaigns. Individuals may contact their elected representatives for any personal reason. It should always be clear to outside observers that these are personal actions and not actions taken on behalf of 21st Century Fox or its affiliates.