Subject: FW: Supporting our Agenda in Washington
From: Office of John W. Thompson, (Chairman and CEO)
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:14 PM
Subject: Supporting our Agenda in Washington Dear Colleague, Symantec employees are active and engaged in our communities. Whether it's charitable activities or political engagement, Symantec employees are informed and involved in the decisions that affect our company. Supporting candidates for elected office at the state and federal level who understand our company's legislative initiatives and policies is appropriate and in the interest of our customers, employees, and stockholders.
Symantec sponsors a Political Action Committee (PAC) called SYMPAC, which allows employees to voluntarily pool their resources to support candidates for public office. The PAC contributes money to candidates for federal and state office and political parties and committees. I hope you will join me and many of your colleagues in supporting the Symantec PAC today, so that we can ensure that your political voice is heard. Symantec and SYMPAC's political spending reflects company, employee, and shareholder interests and not those of its individual officers or directors. A PAC Executive Committee governs and oversees all PAC activities. When making political disbursements from SYMPAC, a number of criteria are considered: the candidate's demonstrated leadership or potential for leadership; the candidate's position on issues affecting information integrity; and related high technology public policy priorities such as research funding and tax credits, green IT, and ensuring access to markets.
Our objective is to continue to grow SYMPAC, both in terms of the number of Symantec employees participating and the total dollars raised, so that we can better engage in the political process. The 2008 general election is rapidly approaching, and this presents a significant opportunity for Symantec to be politically engaged and support candidates for elected office who have demonstrated to be strong advocates for our issues and the software industry. Government decisions have a significant and growing impact on our business and we must actively participate in supporting those political candidates who share our views on important public policy issues. We still lag far behind many other technology industry PACs. We are now competing with companies that have spent many years participating in the policy and political debate in Washington, so your support is needed now more than ever.
Our ability to contribute to candidates is an important way to help elect individuals that understand and support our views, but we can't do that without sufficient funding of the PAC. Today, I'm inviting you to join SYMPAC, a key tool in electing effective representatives to serve in Washington. Our goal is to raise $125,000 for the 2008 election cycle and we are currently halfway there. A number of Symantec employees already participate in Symantec PAC, and we appreciate their support. I hope that you will consider donating what you can to ensure that PAC is adequately funded. Remember, this is a strictly voluntary program which is administered by a committee with regular feedback to participants on how PAC funds were spent. You can contribute by check or through payroll deduction. For example, a $500 contribution is just over twenty dollars a pay period per year.
Your contributions are completely voluntary, and any amount of support is helpful. Please contact Adam Rak or Tiffany Jones in Government Relations to learn how you can sign up and contribute to the PAC, or if you have any additional questions regarding eligibility or contribution limits. In closing let me stress again that our collective commitment is vital to the success of Symantec and of Symantec's PAC. Together, we can ensure that Symantec's voice is heard loud and clear in Washington, DC and our state capitals.
Thank you for your consideration and efforts in support of our company and the Symantec PAC.
John W. Thompson Chairman and CEO
Contributions or gifts to the Symantec Corporation PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to SYMPAC may not exceed $5,000 per year.
Contributions are strictly voluntary and will not affect your relationship with Symantec Corporation in any way. Symantec Corporation PAC contributions will be used for political purposes to support candidates for federal office and state office in key states where corporate contributions are not permitted. Any guidelines for a suggested contribution are voluntary, and merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the guidelines suggest and Symantec Corporation will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contributions, or their decision not to contribute. Foreign nationals may not contribute to SYMPAC. Federal Law requires political committees to use their best efforts to obtain and report to the Federal Election Commission the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 per year.
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