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Trade Association Membership

MPC actively participates in trade associations and similar groups at the national, state and local levels, including the American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), American Chemistry Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While not our primary motivation for joining or maintaining our membership, many trade associations actively engage in lobbying on issues that impact their respective members. Through our participation in trade associations, we seek to champion legislative solutions that are in the best interests of the Company. We believe it is important to be actively engaged with these organizations so our positions on issues of importance to the Company can be expressed. We recognize that viewpoints of other trade association members may differ from our own. When this occurs, we seek to work with the association membership to promote reasonable compromise. However, we do not control the position that any trade association to which we belong may take on any particular issue.

2015 Trade Association Memberships

2014 Trade Association Memberships

A list of the trade associations to which the Company paid annual dues of greater than $50,000 in 2014:

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
  • American Waterways Operators
  • Association of Oil Pipe Lines
  • Business Roundtable
  • Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

In 2014, MPC payments made to national trade associations to which we paid annual dues of $50,000 or more totaled $14.2 million, of which approximately $1.6 million (11%) was attributable to federal lobbying efforts and approximately $7.7 million (54%) was attributable to state and grassroots lobbying and broad advertising communications designed to generally promote the energy industry and educate consumers. Approximately $4.9 million (34%) of MPC payments made to national trade associations in 2014 was attributable to tax-deductible program-related activities such as training and the establishment of industry standards.