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Wed Nov 29 2017
The Gusher of Big Oil Lobbying Money in Sacramento
Big Oil Spent More Lobbying in First 6 Months of 2017 Than in All of 2016
The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and other publications have touted Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials as the “resistance” to Donald Trump’s pro-oil industry policies in recent articles, but the reality on the ground is much different.

In fact, the oil industry is the single largest corporate lobby in Sacramento — and dominates spending on lobbying every legislative session. Every bill opposed by the oil industry with the exception of one has failed to pass out of the Legislature over the past three years, due to the gusher of Big Oil lobbying money.

The oil industry spent more on lobbying in California, $16,360,618, in the first six months of 2017 than was spent by the industry in all of 2016, $16.0 million.

This translates to an average of $2.7 million per month – $90,000 per day – since Jan. 1, 2017, according to a report compiled and written by William Barrett of the Lung Association in California. Over the past ten years, oil lobbying in California has topped $150 million.

Chevron ranks #1 among all lobbyist spenders in the current session with $7.1 million spent in first six months of 2017, compared to $3 million total in 2016.

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See Also: New Reports Expose Racial and Economic Injustice, Ineffectiveness of Pollution Trading | Jerry Brown tells indigenous protesters in Bonn, 'Let's put you in the ground' | The environmental injustice and dirty oil behind California's 'green’ facade | Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling | Big Oil spent $10.8 million last quarter to pass Jerry Brown's cap-and-trade bill | Governor Jerry Brown accuses cap-and-trade bill opponents of 'political terrorism'

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