Lobbying and political contributions

WPP does not make political contributions from corporate resources with the occasional exception of very small, lawful contributions to local candidates in the US.

In countries where it is consistent with applicable law, individuals working at WPP make personal voluntary political contributions directly to candidates for office. Several of our businesses, including Burson-Marsteller, Glover Park Group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Prime Policy Group and Wexler & Walker, also maintain political action committees (PACs) which accept voluntary donations from employees to support political candidates.

On occasion, WPP engages in the debate on public policy issues relevant to our business, sometimes operating through our public affairs companies. Our companies also contribute to public debate in areas where they have expertise and a special interest – our digital and research companies, for example, get involved on privacy and data protection issues.

Several WPP companies have public affairs practices which lobby governments on behalf of clients.

See ‘Public affairs’.

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