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Who Are The Top 10 Climate Lobbyists?

The Climate Lobby's Mushrooming Growth


Congress focuses this week on landmark legislation to reduce global
warming, nearly 140 new businesses and interest groups-- led by a
diverse array of technology firms-- have joined in the already intense
lobbying on climate change, according to The Climate Lobby's Nonstop Growth, a new analysis by The Center for Public Integrity.

Google, and eBay are among the technology firms that helped drive an
increase of more than 14 percent in companies and organizations
lobbying on climate in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the same
period last year, Senate disclosure forms show. The 880 firms and
groups that reported weighing in on climate policy are still dominated
by big energy producers and users; more than half are manufacturers,
power companies, or firms in the oil and gas industry.

Democrat Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee, and his energy subcommittee chairman, Massachusetts Democrat
Edward Markey, move forward this week with a mark-up of the American
Clean Energy and Security Act. Their legislation seeks to curb the
global warming threat through a complex cap-and-trade system. In its
comprehensive analysis, the Center found that the interests weighing in
on this issue are more diverse than ever. Those groups include not just
technology firms, but food interests like the American Meat Institute
and the National Turkey Federation; consumer goods manufacturers like
Levi Strauss & Co. (active in a new business coalition organized by
the investor group Ceres); and alternative transportation interests
like Segway.

The Climate Top 10

The broad
interest in the legislation has provided a particular bonanza for a
small group of lobbying firms, some well-known, others less so. The
Center found that just 10 lobbying firms represent nearly 100 of the
businesses and interest groups seeking to influence the bill, including
some of the largest trade organizations and companies most active in
the debate. Led by Alpine Group and Ogilvy Government Relations, the
Center's Climate Top 10
have staffs replete with former government officials, and are a case
study in the tradition of Capitol Hill staffers graduating from their
public policy posts to serve as representatives for corporations.

The Center's latest piece is part of its ongoing investigative series, The Climate Change Lobby.
This project is generously supported by a grant from the Deer Creek
Foundation. In addition, organizational support for the Center is
provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Park Foundation, the Popplestone Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and many other generous institutional and individual donors.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The Center is non-partisan and non-advocacy. We are committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting both in the United States and around the world.