The company's policies ensure that, consistent with federal law, Navient may not contribute corporate funds or make in-kind contributions to candidates for federal office or to national party committees. Navient does not use corporate funds to make independent political expenditures. We have not spent any corporate funds on communications to the general public that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a federal candidate and we have no plans to spend direct corporate funds on such communications.
Navient made no contributions to state or local elected officials or candidates during the first half of 2018.
Navient participates in several trade associations that provide their members a variety of services including technical assistance, best practices, and that may also advocate on major public policy issues of importance to their members and the communities they serve. For most of these organizations, the primary purpose of Navient's membership is for professional development, technical assistance, and best industry practices. Our payments for membership dues come with the recognition that we may not always agree with all the positions of an organization or its individual members. On occasion, some of these organizations may undertake specific projects on behalf of their members for which additional fees and expense reimbursements may be paid in addition to membership fees disclosed below.
Navient does not coordinate or earmark corporate funds toward election-related activity at the federal, state or local level, including contributions and expenditures in support of, or in opposition to, any candidate for any office, ballot initiative campaign, political party committee or PAC.
Below is a list of the membership fees paid to the principal organizations1 in which Navient renewed a membership or became a new member at any point during the first half of 2018 and which conduct some lobbying activity: