Political Contributions & Engagement

Like any federally‐chartered bank, PNC Bank is prohibited by law from making contributions to candidates and political parties in all federal and many state elections. Our policies reflect this prohibition. Even where permitted by law, PNC does not contribute corporate funds for election campaigns, nor do we make any political contributions to candidates, candidate campaign committees, political parties or committees, independent expenditure committees or Super PACs.

Consistent with campaign finance laws, PNC sponsors Political Action Committees (PACs), supported entirely by voluntary employee contributions, which contribute at the federal, state and local levels. Bipartisan contributions support candidates, parties or committees whose views align with PNC’s priorities. In 2021, contributions made through PNC's PACs totaled $424,550. As required by law, contributions made by the PNC PACs are reported in filings with the Federal Election Commission, as well as the relevant state or local commissions, which are publicly available.

PNC belongs to national trade associations, state banking associations and local chambers of commerce that represent the interests of both the financial services industry and the broader business community. These organizations work to represent the industry and advocate on major public policy issues of importance to PNC and the communities we serve.

While PNC employees have the right to voluntarily participate in the political process, there are legal restrictions on personal political activities. These restrictions, which are the result of some of PNC’s businesses, may limit or prohibit personal political contributions, solicitation of political contributions or sponsorship of political events. To help comply with these legal restrictions, PNC provides all employees with information to determine whether they are required to pre‐clear their personal or immediate family’s political activities with the Corporate Ethics Office. PNC does not provide reimbursement or compensation to anyone for personal political contributions under any circumstances.


$424K+

in contributions
made by the PNC PACs in 2021

Statement of Political Activity

Statement of Political Activity

PNC’s business is subject to extensive laws and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels; and changes to such laws can significantly affect PNC and our employees, shareholders, communities and customers. We believe that active engagement in the political and public policy process to advance and protect our interests is an important part of responsible corporate citizenship.

Lobbying and Trade Associations

We disclose publicly all U.S. federal lobbying costs – those paid directly as well as through trade associations – and the issues to which our lobbying efforts relate, on a quarterly basis, pursuant to reports required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act. These disclosures can be viewed at https://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov. We also disclose state and local lobbying costs where required by applicable law.

We belong to national trade associations, state banking associations, and local chambers of commerce that represent the interests of both the financial services industry and the broader business community. These organizations work to represent the industry and advocate on major public policy issues of importance to PNC and the communities we serve. PNC’s participation comes with the understanding that we do not control these organizations and may not always agree with all the positions of an organization or its other members. A list of principal national trade associations to which we belong and total dues paid to those associations in 2021 if they exceed $25,000 is available below.

Other Contributions

On a limited basis, PNC may consider requests from organizations seeking support for ballot referendum committees and certain limited Section 527 political organizations, such as the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations. Note that referendum committees do not influence candidate elections but rather the passage of laws. The practice for support of ballot or levy issues is especially prevalent in Ohio and Michigan in our footprint. The renewal of a local school district operating levy, a levy benefitting a local park, or a levy benefitting a regional transit system are examples of these issues. PNC reviews these requests with input from Government Affairs, senior management, including our regional presidents, and our Corporate Ethics Office to determine if PNC should support the issue and whether it is legally permitted under applicable law. If we determine that a request is something that we will support and a corporate contribution to the issue is permissible under applicable law, PNC will make the contribution and comply with any law that requires PNC to disclose it. Please note that these contributions are required to be disclosed by the organization that receives them. Annually, PNC will also voluntarily disclose the use of company funds in support of ballot or levy issues or organizations formed under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code. For 2021, PNC used corporate funds in support of such organizations, as listed below.

Additionally, PNC may occasionally make contributions to groups organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code as a social welfare organization, but does not do so to support the election of any specific candidate or for the purpose of funding specific expenditures or communications.

2021 Other Contributions

Ballot Referendum Committee Amount

Stop the Wage Metro Tax

$5,000

 

Political Organizations Amount
Senate Working Group
Congressional Institute
Democratic Governors Association
Republican Governors Association
Pittsburgh for All Inaugural Committee (Gainey mayoral inauguration)

$25,000
$27,500
$25,000
$25,000
$10,000

Compliance and Oversight

All corporate political activities conducted by or on behalf of PNC are managed by our Government Affairs department, which reports to the General Counsel of PNC. Requests for contributions are evaluated and approved by Steering Committees composed of PNC officers. Prior to approval by a Steering Committee, contributions are also reviewed by the Corporate Ethics Office for compliance with applicable laws.

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors reviews on an annual basis this Statement of Political Activity, major lobbying priorities, expenditures made in support of ballot or levy issues and other organizations formed under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code and the activities of and total dues paid to our principal national trade associations if they exceed $25,000. The non‐management members of our Board of Directors reviews the contributions of our political action committees.

Recognized for our Efforts

Corporate Awards & Recognition

Reputation

  • Most Powerful Women in Banking, American Banker (2021)
  • Best Overall Bank for Students, Money.com, (2021-2022)
  • Best Private Banks, Global Finance World (2022)
  • No. 3 Paycheck Protection Program Lender in U.S. (2021)
  • U.S. Best Bank, Euromoney Awards for Excellence (2020)

Corporate Responsibility

Our Communities & Responsible Business Practices

  • Outstanding Community Reinvestment Act rating in every evaluation since the law was enacted in 1977
  • 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Barron’s (2022)
  • America’s Most Responsible Companies, Newsweek (2021)

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Accessibility

  • 100% Score on Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Best Places to Work™ (2021)
  • Top 50 Employers, Equal Opportunity Magazine (2021)
  • Top 50 Employers, CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine (2021)

LGBTQ+

  • Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality, Human Rights Campaign, for 10 consecutive years (2022)
  • Top LGBTQ+ Friendly, Black EOE Journal (2021)
  • Best-of-the-Best Corporation for Inclusion, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and National Business Inclusion Consortium, (2021)

Veterans

  • Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, Top Veteran-Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs, U.S. Veterans Magazine (2021)

Women

  • Gender-Equality Index, Bloomberg (2022)
  • Top Companies for Executive Women, Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Best Companies for Working Mothers, Seramount (2021)
  • 50 Out Front: Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers, Diversity MBA Magazine (2021)
  • Top 70 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (2021)
  • Best Finance Companies for Women, Fairygodboss (2021)