Frequently Asked Questions
What is a PAC?
A political action committee (PAC) is an organization that enables eligible employees to combine their resources to elect candidates who understand their issues. PACs are legal, transparent, and voluntary.
How do I join?
Joining is as simple as completing the enrollment form and choosing a contribution amount.
Why should I join WalgreensPAC?
Decisions being made in Washington, D.C. have far reaching effects on the welfare and future of Walgreens, its stockholders, patients, and associates. That is why it's important for us to participate in the political process. WalgreensPAC empowers you to personally make a difference and protect the future you share with Walgreens. As a member of WalgreensPAC, you will join other Walgreens associates in sending a strong, unified message to candidates and legislators on healthcare, tax, and business issues that affect our company's bottom line. By combining our contributions to support candidates who share our philosophy, we can all play a part in protecting our ability to do business. Plus, as a WalgreensPAC member, you receive exclusive thank you gifts, communications and invites to PAC activities, and more depending on your level of support.
How much should I give?
Any contribution amount will help WalgreensPAC make a difference. Please visit the Giving Recommendations page for more information. Remember, you can give more or less than the guidelines suggest and Walgreens will not favor or disadvantage you by reason for the amount of your contribution or your decision not to contribute.
Where does my contribution go? Who decides?
Every dollar you contribute to WalgreensPAC supports qualified candidates for elected office, regardless of their political party affiliation. Candidates supported by WalgreensPAC are determined by the PAC's Board of Directors, which includes representatives from across Walgreens. The Board carefully considers the candidate's position on issues important to our business, membership on committees of jursidiction, and the presence of Walgreens employees in the candidate's state or district. WalgreensPAC is nonpartisan and supports Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Contributions are generally made in conjunction with a fundraising event with a qualified Walgreens employee attending as a representative. For a list of recent contributions from WalgreensPAC, please visit the Contribution Recipients page.
Can't Walgreens Government Relations promote the company's interests?
Our government relations office in Washington, D.C. and team across the U.S. advocates on our behalf with Congress, state capitals, and municipalities, but federal law and laws in many states prohibit corporations from making direct contributions to candidates running for office. WalgreensPAC allows associates of Walgreens to support candidates who understand our industry and our policy issues. Your support helps the GR team to maximize the impact of the company's efforts. By joining WalgreensPAC, the collective strength of your contributions will help Walgreens's voice be heard with policymakers on issues that directly impact the future of our company.
Who is eligible to join the PAC?
PACs are strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In accordance with federal law, eligible employees are defined as executive and administrative personnel who are U.S. citizens or green card holders. These individuals also must have policy making, managerial, professional or supervisory responsibilities.
How do candidates use the PAC's contributions? Why do they need our support?
PAC contributions support many aspects of successful campaigning, including developing printed materials, purchasing advertising time and providing salaries for campaign staff. PAC support is typically a critical component of campaign budgets in an increasingly expensive campaign finance environment.
Isn't my PAC contribution just being used to "buy" politicians?
No. WalgreensPAC contributions are made to support those members of Congress who share our vision. Furthermore, the purpose of PAC contributions is to help elect leaders who understand and are responsive to the concerns and interest of our business.
Who sees how much each person gives to the PAC?
Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. That information is also available on the Federal Election Commission's website. The WalgreensPAC officers will have access to the amount each individual contributes to WalgreensPAC for administrative purposes only.
Will I be penalized if I refuse to contribute?
No. You have the right to refuse to contribute to WalgreensPAC without reprisal. All contributions to the PAC are completely voluntary, and no contribution to the PAC shall be solicited or secured by threat or coercion, job discrimination, financial reprisal, or as a condition of employment.
Is my PAC contribution tax deductible?
No. Contributions to this or any other PAC are not tax deductible. No political contribution is tax deductible nor are contributions to an individual candidate or political group.
I'm currently a WalgreensPAC member – do I need to re-enroll?
If you currently contribute via payroll deduction and don't want to change your current deduction amount, no further action is needed as payroll deductions are continuous from year to year. If you currently contribute via personal check and wish to continue your WalgreensPAC membership for the coming year, please submit an enrollment form along with your check or payroll contribution.
Can I change my contribution amount?
Yes, you may change or revoke your contribution amount at any time without reprisal. To change your amount simply submit a new enrollment form.
How do I end my contribution?
To revoke your authorization and end you contributions please contact WalgreenCoPAC@Walgreens.com