Twitter Inc | Lobbying Expenditure Disclosure at Twitter Inc

40.75% votes in favour
AGM date
Proposal number
Resolution details
Company ticker
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Governance
ESG sub-theme
  • Lobbying / political engagement
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
National Legal and Policy Center has filed the following resolution. This will be updated in the lead filer field as soon as possible.

Request that the shareholders of Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter” or “Company”) provide a full, detailed disclosure of our company's direct and indirect lobbying activities and expenditures to assess whether our lobbying is consistent with Company's expressed goals and in shareholders' best interests. Shareholders request the Board prepare a report, updated annually, disclosing:
Company policy and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect, and grassroots lobbying communications
Payments by Company used for (a) direct or indirect lobbying or (b) grassroots lobbying communications, in each case including the amount of the payment and the recipient
Description of the decision-making process and oversight by management and the Board or making payments described in section 2 above.
For purposes of this proposal, a “grassroots lobbying communication” is a communication directed to the general public that (a) refers to specific legislation or regulation; (b) reflects a view on the legislation or regulation; and (c) encourages the recipient of the communication to take action with respect to the legislation or regulation.
“Indirect lobbying” is lobbying engaged in by a trade association or other organization of which Company is a member.
Both “direct and indirect lobbying” and “grassroots lobbying communications” include lobbying at the local, state and federal levels.
The report shall be presented to the Audit Committee or other relevant oversight committees of the Board and full details posted on the company's website.
Supporting statement
As shareholders we encourage transparency and accountability regarding staff time and corporate funds to influence legislation and regulation, both directly and indirectly.
Company's lobbying expenditures may not include grassroots lobbying to directly influence legislation by mobilizing public support or opposition, nor lobbying expenditures in states that do not require disclosure.
Absent a system of transparency and accountability for lobbying expenditures, Company executives may use Company assets for objectives that are not shared by and may be inimical to the interests of the Company and its shareholders.
Current disclosure is insufficient to allow the Company's Board, its shareholders, and its current and prospective customers to fully evaluate its lobbying priorities.
There is currently no single source providing shareholders the information sought by this resolution.

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