Oil lobby spending likely to soar

By Laurie Bennett

May 26, 2010 at 6:45am

The oil and gas industry, anticipating the political fallout of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is poised to make its presence felt in Washington.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the industry has already spent more than $38 million in 2010 on lobbying efforts. Last year, the sector spent more than $174 million and employed 780 lobbyists.

The Muckety map above shows lobby shops representing some of the largest clients.

The biggest spender in 2010 so far is ConocoPhillips, at $6.4 million. BP, feeling the most heat because of the spill, is second, with lobby expenditures of $3.5 million.

While it spends millions each year to influence Congress and the White House, the oil and gas industry is not the largest lobbying effort in Washington. Lawyers, health professionals and senior citizens spend far more. Among the top 50 industries, oil ranks 16th, the Center for Responsive Politics reports.

The Gulf disaster, which has triggered multiple congressional committee investigations and a widespread popular demand for stricter regulation, is likely to boost oil spending in coming months.

As an industry lawyer told NPR: “”Never, ever, ever, ever underestimate the influence of the oil industry in Congress.”

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  • #1.   annie biz 05.28.2010

    Bet they , (BP) weren’t being “compliant”…..and I don’t mean with safety rules and regs……and they (the “administration”) will nationalize or unionize them if they can get away with it.
    A shame the 11 souls lost were not acknowledged in the press conference…………civility, and sensitivity seems to also have been lost.
    Globalization doesn’t have the pride and dignity of a Sovereign Nation. Too bad that’s the priority of this administrations agenda.
    Shame on the decision to shut down drilling…………..more out of work……….more pain, sorrow, and dependence on Government.

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