Stockholder Proposal on Reporting Political Contributions

The Board recommends a vote AGAINST this proposal.

  • Allstate already provides stockholders with comprehensive disclosures on Allstate’s involvement in the public policy arena (found at
  • Allstate’s Board has strong governance and oversight practices over the company’s public policy involvement.
  • Allstate surpasses all disclosure requirements pertaining to political contributions under federal, state, and local laws.

The Comptroller of the State of New York, 59 Maiden Lane – 30th Floor, New York, NY 10038, beneficial owner of no less than 1,354,824 shares of Allstate common stock as of December 5, 2016, and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, beneficial owners of no less than 64 shares of Allstate common stock as of December 7, 2016, intend to propose the following resolution at the annual meeting.

Resolved, that the shareholders of Allstate Corp. (“Allstate” or “Company”) hereby request that the Company provide a report, updated semiannually, disclosing the Company’s:

1. Policies and procedures for making, with corporate funds or assets, contributions and expenditures (direct or indirect) to (a) participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, or (b) influence the general public, or any segment thereof, with respect to an election or referendum.
2. Monetary and non-monetary contributions and expenditures (direct and indirect) used in the manner described in section 1 above, including:
  a. The identity of the recipient as well as the amount paid to each; and
  b. The title(s) of the person(s) in the Company responsible for decision-making.

The report shall be presented to the board of directors or relevant board committee and posted on the Company’s website within 12 months from the date of the annual meeting.

Supporting Statement:

As long-term shareholders of Allstate, we support transparency and accountability in corporate spending on political activities. These include any activities considered intervention in any political campaign under the Internal Revenue Code, such as direct and indirect contributions to political candidates, parties, organizations, or ballot measures; direct independent expenditures; or electioneering communications on behalf of federal, state, or local candidates.

Disclosure is in the best interest of the company and its shareholders. The Supreme Court affirmed this its Citizens United decision: “[D]isclosure permits citizens and shareholders to react to the speech of corporate entities in a proper way. This transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages.” Gaps in transparency and accountability may expose the company to reputational and business risks that could threaten longterm shareholder value.

Publicly available records show that Allstate directly or indirectly contributed over $10.4 million in corporate funds since the 2004 election cycle. (CQ: and National Institute on Money in State Politics:

We acknowledge that Allstate publicly discloses some information on its political spending. However, such data is presented in the aggregate and does not identify specific recipients, making it difficult for shareholders to get a complete picture of the Company’s political spending. This proposal asks the Company to provide itemized disclosure of all of its political expenditures, including payments to trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations.

This would bring our Company in line with a growing number of leading companies, including AFLAC Inc., Bank of America Corp., and Travelers Companies Inc., that support political disclosure and accountability and present this information on their websites.

The Company’s Board and its shareholders need comprehensive disclosure to be able to fully evaluate the political use of corporate assets. We urge your support for this critical governance reform.

Board of Directors’ Statement in Opposition to the Stockholder Proposal on Reporting Political Contributions

The Board recommends that stockholders vote AGAINST this proposal for the following reasons:


  • Allstate issues an annual Corporate Involvement in Public Policy report, which provides a comprehensive discussion of Allstate’s activities. The report describes the Board’s process for overseeing expenditures, the strategic and business rationale for expenditures, total amounts contributed by category (including non-deductible amounts for certain lobbying activities and to political candidates and organizations), those involved in the decision-making process, and the major organizations supported.
  • The proponents seek additional disclosure of line-item expenditures to each recipient, but they do not address the possible harm to Allstate in providing this information. This additional disclosure could be used by special interest groups to pressure Allstate to change the way it manages its public policy engagement or to pressure Allstate to stop providing support to organizations that support initiatives that are in the best interests of Allstate and its stockholders, employees, agencies, and customers.
  • In our ongoing engagement with investors, several have indicated strong support for Allstate’s current political contribution disclosures, finding them to contain appropriate and meaningful detail. Some investors have told us our report is a model for balanced disclosure.


  • The specific deployment of corporate resources in the public policy arena is presented formally to the Board each year. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines address the Board’s annual review and our involvement in the public policy arena and can be found at
  • We expanded the discussion of Allstate’s oversight over political spending in the 2016 report and accelerated its availability to stockholders prior to the 2017 annual meeting. Subject matter experts within Allstate make recommendations for which organizations and candidates to support financially, and members of Allstate’s government and industry relations group consult with members of senior management to make the ultimate determinations.


  • Allstate complies with all public disclosure laws at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Allstate also maintains internal guidelines and procedures to ensure that the company’s public policy efforts remain consistent with the company’s operating priorities and annual operating plan while advancing positions that promote Allstate’s strategy and the long-term interests of our stockholders, employees, agencies, and customers. For example, we use our industry expertise in formulating public policy solutions that help mitigate weather-related risks and reduce the likelihood and severity of property loss.
  • The proposal would impose requirements on Allstate that are not dictated by law or our own internal requirements and that are not standard among other companies.