Nestlé is also a funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial corporate think tank which produces model legislation that’s later introduced by the state legislators it sponsors.
Nestlé’s political influence in the United States is backed by a generous war chest which funds the often controversial company’s efforts to lobby against the types of trade, labor, and environmental regulations which might impede its profits.
The Swiss multinational has been accused of using slave labor in the seafood and cocoa trades, and environmental activists have targeted Nestlé for harnessing scarce natural resources in the production of bottled water from California to Canada.
And a closer look at Nestlé’s political spending suggests that it’s working to prevent increased regulation in these profitable industries.
Nestlé S.A., which is based in Switzerland, spent $1.31 million on lobbying in the United States in 2016, according to data from the Senate Office of Public Records published on Aug. 9 by OpenSecrets, a project of the Center For Responsive Politics. Of that total, $1.21 million was spent directly by in-house lobbying firmNestlé USA, while the remaining $100,000 was spent by lobbyists hired by other political action committees representing Nestlé Waters North America and Nestlé Purina PetCare.