Participating in Our Democracy

Duke Energy encourages full participation in our democracy in a variety of ways, including education and engagement efforts, policy advocacy and political activity.

Our Political Activity Policy requires compliance with laws and regulations governing political contributions, government interaction and lobbying activities. It also includes guidelines and a tiered approval process that governs all political expenditures. Additionally, the company is legally prohibited from making direct contributions to candidates for U.S. federal offices and certain state offices.

Duke Energy’s Voices in Politics network educates and activates employees on political and policy issues that could affect our operations, employees or stakeholders. We also engage elected officials and policymakers to make sure they understand the direct impacts of their decisions on Duke Energy and our employees, customers and communities.

In 2016, our reportable federal lobbying expenses (office space, salaries, consulting and event fees, etc.) included $1,265,1491 in dues to support policy research and advocacy by trade associations such as the Edison Electric Institute and the Nuclear Energy Institute.

DukePAC is a voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee that pools eligible employees’ financial contributions to support political organizations and candidates seeking elected office at the federal and state levels. The candidates supported represent the communities we serve, are leading members of their elected legislative body or serve on relevant committees that impact our business, employees, customers and communities. Policy positions and priorities important to Duke Energy include infrastructure, tax and regulatory reform, renewables, environmental issues and cybersecurity. In 2016, DukePAC contributions totaled approximately $1,367,400.

Duke Energy also contributed approximately $1,806,9002 to 527 organizations created to support the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of a candidate.

1 Represents trade association dues of more than $50,000 during 2016.
2 For contributions in excess of $1,000.