Under U.S. law, corporations cannot support candidates for federal office. However,
many states allow corporate donations to state and local candidates or to ballot
issue campaigns. As a corporation, Microsoft makes political contributions to support
candidates and ballot measures that are consistent with the company's public policy
agenda and business interests.
Since July 2005, Microsoft has made no corporate contributions to any non-candidate
or non-party political committee organized under section 527 of the Internal Revenue
Beginning July 1, 2010, Microsoft will not pay for any independent expenditure or
electioneering communication as those terms are defined by applicable law.
Note: As of October 2011, Microsoft committed to publishing corporate spending reports
on a semi-annual basis. The information will be next updated in February 2016 with our report for the second half of 2015.