Political Contributions

Northrop Grumman Corporation 

Northrop Grumman Political Activities

Northrop Grumman Corporation is engaged in the democratic process at the federal, state and local levels, including expressing its views on important public policy issues. All political activities are in accordance with all applicable laws and are consistent with our principles of good governance and the highest standard of ethics. The company engages in the following activities: educates elected officials on key public policy issues related to its business, administers a political action committee that enables our employees to support candidates for public office, provides limited direct corporate political contributions to national-level gubernatorial associations and is a member of several trade associations that support its business objectives. The company engages on public policy issues in support of the company's objectives, including in the areas of national defense and aerospace, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), education, diversity and inclusion, tax, and international trade policy. The company's policy with respect to independent political expenditures is provided below.

All political activities, including financial contributions, are made in support of company objectives. They are not based on the personal preferences of individual employees, executives, or board members. Northrop Grumman publishes annual reports for its political action committee, corporate contributions and trade association memberships on its corporate website.

Governance and Reporting

The Policy Committee of the Northrop Grumman Board of Directors provides oversight of the company's government relations strategy and the manner in which the company conducts its government relations activities. This includes the governance and compliance of the political action committee, the company's policies and practices with respect to political contributions, and the company's lobbying activities. The Policy Committee receives regular reports on government relations activities. The company’s political activities are managed by the Corporate Vice President for Government Relations, who reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

Northrop Grumman files lobbying disclosure reports with the United States Congress, which are available here. The company files similar reports where required at the state level. 

Employee Political Action Committee

The Employees of Northrop Grumman Political Action Committee (ENGPAC) is a voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee established by Northrop Grumman in accordance with federal law. ENGPAC is funded solely from the voluntary personal contributions it receives from eligible employees.

There are two levels of governance for the company’s political action committee. A Steering Committee, comprised of Corporate Vice Presidents, reviews ENGPAC activity and establishes policies and priorities. An Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from corporate and each sector, implements strategic direction and executes ENGPAC activities.

ENGPAC may direct contributions to the campaigns of candidates seeking federal offices, as well as selected state and local campaigns, national political organizations, and other political action committees. ENGPAC contributions are made under the supervision of the Corporate Vice President for Government Relations in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. All political expenditures made by ENGPAC are disclosed to the FEC and are available here.

ENGPAC contributions are made without regard to party affiliation and are solely based on a candidate’s policy positions on issues of importance to the aerospace and defense industry and to the company and its shareholders. The Policy Committee reviews ENGPAC’s operations semi-annually.

Direct Political Contributions

Since 2012, Northrop Grumman has not made any contributions from corporate funds to candidates for state, local, or federal office, to political parties, or for independent election-related communications. The company has also not made any contributions from corporate funds to organizations classified under the Internal Revenue Code as section 527 entities or to any Super PACs, ballot initiatives, electioneering communications, or for independent political expenditures.

Should a future situation warrant the use of corporate funds for any of these activities, the decision would require approval of the Northrop Grumman Board of Directors. It would have to be consistent with the interests of Northrop Grumman's shareholders and would have to conform to applicable laws.

Northrop Grumman would be transparent with its disclosure of these expenditures, as it is with other political expenditures. This includes making all legally required filings, including with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), as well as appropriately disclosing corporate political expenditures on this website on an annual basis.

Corporate contributions to federal candidates are prohibited by federal law, and accordingly, Northrop Grumman makes no such contributions.