This excerpt taken from the GPS 10-K filed Mar 28, 2005.
Lobbying is strictly governed by the laws of the United States and other countries. Lobbying is generally defined as contact with elected officials regarding legislative or regulatory issues impacting the Company. While the specific rules vary widely, the trend has been toward expanding significantly the definition of who is a lobbyist, who must register as a lobbyist, and what constitutes lobbying. In short, the Company is required by law to disclose lobbying-related information in great detail.
You should contact Government Affairs in the Legal department in advance of any planned lobbying activities on behalf of the Company. Further, Government Affairs must be consulted prior to contracting with any external lobbyist or lobbying firm.
Can I make a personal contribution to a political party or candidate?
Yes, within the limits of the law. Gap Inc.s policy restricts only political contributions made on behalf of the Company.