Trade Associations & Lobbying

Emerson’s shareholders, employees, and customers are keenly affected by public policies at all levels of government.  To protect shareholder value, Emerson maintains a small office in Washington, D.C. to engage with public officials at all levels of government to educate them on our company’s operations, emerging technologies and markets.  This office also follows and, when necessary, seeks to influence public policy decisions that impact the company and its shareholders. 

These activities are governed and regulated by federal and state laws.  With the help of knowledgeable employees throughout the company, Emerson’s government affairs team identifies and follows issues of importance to Emerson’s continued well-being.  When those issues lend themselves to public policy solutions at the federal level, Emerson’s government affairs team sometimes reaches out to policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch to raise awareness and educate them as to potential effects of policies under consideration.  Under federal law, that process is considered “direct lobbying.”  Sometimes, rather than reaching out directly to policymakers, Emerson engages with policymakers on issues through one or more trade associations to which Emerson belongs and who share our concerns and interests.  That is considered “indirect lobbying.”  Emerson engages in both direct and indirect lobbying.  Emerson does not engage in “grassroots” lobbying. All decisions about which government policies Emerson seeks to shape are based upon what is in the best interests of our industry, our company, our employees and, most importantly, our shareholders.

Emerson’s federal lobbying activity is reported in our Lobbying Disclosure Act filings, which are publicly available at two websites:

Emerson’s LD-2 and LD-203 Lobbying Reports for the last 18 months are also posted below.  During calendar year 2016, Emerson’s LD-2 Lobbying Reports reported $580,000 in expenses related to lobbying activities, which includes all lobbying-related expenses of our Washington D.C. office and personnel.  Emerson’s LD-203 Lobbying Contribution Reports for calendar year 2016 reported expenditures of approximately $225,000, all made through the Emerson PAC.  Contributions in excess of $5,000 to individual recipients were as follows:

  • Devin Nunes (CA22) $10,000 – Ways and Means Committee

  • Donald Bacon (NE2) $10,000 – pro-business challenger to incumbent

  • Erik Paulsen (MN-3) $10,000 – Ways and Means Committee; significant Emerson operations in District

  • George Holding (NC2) $10,000 – Ways and Means Committee

  • Jason Smith (MO8) $25,000 – Ways and Means Committee; Emerson headquartered in Missouri

  • Kyrsten Sinema (AZ9) $7,500 – Strong pro-business record

  • Patrick Tiberi (OH12) $10,000 – Ways and Means Committee; Chairman Joint Economic Committee

  • Paul Ryan (WI1) $10,000 – Speaker of the House; Emerson operations in Wisconsin

  • Thomas Emmer (R-MN6) $10,000 – Emerson operations in Minnesota

Emerson's Lobbying Disclosure Act filings for the last 18 months can be viewed at the following links:

LD-203 Report

Lobbying Contribution Report Mid-Year 2017
Lobbying Contribution Report Year-End 2016
Lobbying Contribution Report Mid-Year 2016

LD-2 Report

Lobbying Report Q3 2017
Lobbying Report Q2 2017
Lobbying Report Q1 2017
Lobbying Report Q4 2016
Lobbying Report Q3 2016
Lobbying Report Q2 ​2016

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