Civic involvement reports
Civic Involvement Reports
2013 Calendar Year General Mills political expenditures
As a corporate citizen, we occasionally support the legislative process by contributing prudently to state and local candidates and political organizations when such expenditures are permitted by federal, state and local law.
We recognize the importance of accountability and transparency for our political expenditures. Our policy describes our approval process for using corporate funds for political expenditures. The Public Responsibility Committee of our Board of Directors reviews our policy, and a list of our political expenditures is made available during the last calendar year, and we disclose the list here:
|Date||Recipient||Office / purpose||Amount|
|2/18/13||Grocery Manufacturers Association Political Education Fund||State political education fund||$5,000.00|
|5/23/13||Grocery Manufacturers Association
||No on 522 Washington Ballot Initiative Campaign
|10/19/13||Grocery Manufacturers Association
||No on 522 Washington Ballot Initiative Campaign||$434,635.08|
General Mills is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and we support their position on labeling. The Grocery Manufacturers Association has made and reported a number of 2013 contributions to the “No on I-522 campaign” in Washington State. Though General Mills did not contribute to the “No on I-522 campaign” directly, we have supported broader efforts by the GMA on labeling and other issues nationally. GMA assigned and attributed a percentage of member payments to that broader effort as funding its reported contributions to the No on I-522 campaign in Washington, reporting an amount for each company. For General Mills, that amount totals $869,270.55, as reported on the Washington Public Disclosure Commission web site.