Oil & Gas Lobbying (i.e., Influence Peddling)26 Feb

My recent blog post noted that Oil & Gas has profited considerably from their donations to political campaigns in contrast to Alternative Energy that did not fair as well based on  their unimpressive campaign contributions. This posts summarizes follow up activities to campaign donations, namely lobbying (i.e., “I donated money to your political campaign. Now that you are elected, here is what I want.”)

Although there is nothing new about lobbying per se, lobbying by Oil & Gas has reached epic proportions as indicated in the table below. This table only lists lobbying expenditures in excess of $1M for 2012, where as the total lobbying for that year amounted to more than $138M with 195 Oil & Gas organizations seeking tax and regulatory favors. There were a total of 764 lobbyists. This data was obtained from OpenSecrets.org.

Lobbying (i.e., influence peddling) could be greatly reduced if those in Congress were elected for only one term (e.g., 6 years), along with stringent campaign spending limits. There are such limits in Canada, and without them or something similar in the United States, a smaller, critical industry (i.e., Alternative Energy), will be less likely to achieve independent commercialization status. Germany and China certainly recognize this reality in the Alternative Energy space.

Table: Oil & Gas Industry Lobbying in 2012

Client/Parent

Total

Royal Dutch Shell

$14,480,000

Exxon Mobil

$12,970,000

Koch Industries

$10,540,000

Chevron Corp

$9,550,000

BP

$8,590,000

American Petroleum Institute

$7,310,000

Occidental Petroleum

$6,719,195

ConocoPhillips

$3,863,736

American Fuel & Petrochem Manufacturers

$3,714,241

Williams Companies

$3,300,000

Anadarko Petroleum

$3,010,000

America’s Natural Gas Alliance

$2,690,000

Ivanishvili, Bidzina

$2,194,813

Marathon Oil

$2,080,000

WPX Energy

$2,055,000

Apache Corp

$1,940,000

Noble Energy

$1,840,000

Chesapeake Energy

$1,800,000

Oxbow Corp

$1,600,000

Phillips 66

$1,510,000

Spectra Energy

$1,374,210

Independent Petroleum Assn of America

$1,304,553

Interstate Natural Gas Assn of America

$1,240,000

Cheniere Energy

$1,120,000

Kosmos Energy

$1,100,000

National Propane Gas Assn

$1,080,000

Devon Energy

$1,080,000

Hess Corp

$1,070,000

Sunoco Inc

$1,040,000

Murphy Oil

$1,020,000

Tesoro Corp

$1,000,087

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