FedEx is the world's largest express transportation company, delivering some 3.3 million packages daily. It includes FedEx Freight, which hauls heavier items throughout the U.S., and FedEx Kinko's, which offers copying, printing, and graphic design services and sells office supplies, and serves as a drop-off point for customers mailing packages. 
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
FedEx lobbyist Bill Primeaux is on the Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC's) Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force as of 2011.  It was a "Vice-Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Conference, which in 2010, equated to $25,000. FedEx was also the sponsor of the ALEC 39th Annual Meeting Preview Reception.
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For fiscal year 2010, writes the anti-austerity organization US Uncut, “When it comes to paying their fair share of taxes, FedEx simply does not deliver. When FedEx made $1.9 billion in profits, they managed to pay less than .0005% of it in taxes by using 21 tax havens. FedEx also spent 42 times (4200%) more on lobbying Congress than they did in taxes.”
2010 Revenue and CEO Compensation
Ad boycott against Air America Radio
FedEx refused to advertise on the progressive Air America Radio. In October 2006, around 90 companies, including FedEx, told ABC Radio Networks that they did not want their ads to play on any radio stations that carried Air America Radio.   
The company spent $3,200,000 for lobbying in 2006. In-house lobbyists as well as 13 outside lobbying firms were used, including Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bryan Cave Strategies, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, and Womble, Carlyle et al. 
|Key executives and 2007 pay: ||Options
|Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer||$6,170,000||$25,070,000|
|Alan B. Graf, Jr., Chief Financial Officer||$2,670,000||$5,330,000|
|David J. Bronczek, Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Express||$3,110,000||$6,580,000|
|Robert B. Carter, Chief Information Officer||$2,360,000||$2,010,000|
Selected board members:
- James L. Barksdale, Chairman and President, Barksdale Management Corporation
- August A. Busch IV, President and CEO, Anheuser-Busch
- Shirley A. Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Resources and articles
- Profile, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
- Private Sector Executive Committee. American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC.org. Accessed July 5, 2011.
- See, e.g. Massachussets Lobbying Records, Mass William W. Primeaux entry, accessed July 8, 2011.
- [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Sponsors, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
- [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Receptions, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
- [ http://usuncut.org/targets/fedex], “FedEx.” US Uncut. USUncut.org. Accessed July 5, 2011.
- Bomkamp, Samantha, “FedEx CEO's compensation slips 4 pct in 2010”, Associated Press / Seattle Times, Aug. 17, 2010, accessed July 5, 2011.
- “United States Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K – FedEx Corporation.” Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC.gov. Accessed July 5, 2011.
- Marc Fisher, "Air America, in the Throes of Victory?", The Washington Post, December 10, 2006.
- "Air America on Ad Blacklist?", FAIR, October 31, 2006.
- "Air America Blackout", FAIR.org/ABC memo, October 25, 2006.
- Bush Pioneer Frederick W. Smith, Texans for Public Justice, accessed August 2007.
- Federal Express Corp, 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
- FedEx lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
- FedEx Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
- Board of Directors, Fedex, accessed July 2007.