Energy lobbying grows serious in D-C

New figures supplied for one transparent federal government file shows intense lobbying money was spent by the nation’s energy companies including some from Oklahoma.

POLITICO reported First-quarter U.S. lobbying totals are rolling in, including tallies for powerful oil-and-gas companies and their trade associations.

Why it matters: The filings provide a guide to specific bills and topics companies lobbied on, and an overall look at money spent.

By the numbers: Here are a few first-quarter comparisons to the fourth quarter of last year, and you can find plenty more in the Lobbying Disclosure Act database.

  • ExxonMobil, the largest U.S.-based multinational, reported $2.67 million, just a tad higher than the prior three months.
  • Chevron reported $3.05 million, well above the $1.81 million in Q4.
  • Shell reported $1.87 million, down from $2.16 million.
  • BP reported $1.34 million, down from $1.39 million.
  • ConocoPhillips, a giant independent producer, reported $2.1 million, up from $1.18 million.
  • Occidental, another huge independent, reported $2.3 million, down from $2.76 million.
  • The American Petroleum Institute, which represents companies across the industry, reported $1.44 million, compared to $1.98 million.

Some Oklahoma-based energy companies filed their reports including Tulsa’s Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., a large coal mining firm which listed $80,000 spent in the first quarter, same amount as was spent in the previous quarter.

Magellan Midstream Partners of Tulsa reported spending $30,000 in the first while while the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission in Oklahoma City reported lobbying expenditures of $10,000.

Chesapeake Energy of Oklahoma City filed a report showing $70,000 spent in the first quarter.  Devon Energy did not report any first quarter expenses for 2020 but showed $250,000 spent on the previous quarter.

Source: POLITICO/Lobbying Disclosure Act database.