Koch Federal Direct Lobbying Expenditures

Page - March 29, 2010
Koch Industries spent a total of $49.5 million on oil and gas lobbying from January 2006 to December 2010. During this period in the oil and gas sector, Koch Industries was outspent only by ExxonMobil ($100.3 million), Chevron Corporation ($63.2 million), and ConocoPhillips ($52.2 million).
  • 2010: $8.07 million
  • 2009: $12.5 million
  • 2008: $17.93 million
  • 2007: $4.17 million total, with $40,000 to Pyle and Associates and $100,000 to the Rhoads Group (Thomas Pyle worked at Rhoads Group before starting Pyle and Associates and is now President of IER and AEA).
  • 2006: $3.36 million total, with $140,000 to Rhoads Group.

It is worth noting that Koch also hires outside lawyers to lobby on its behalf, in some cases the same firms that lobby for other groups of which Koch is a member. For example:

  • Siff & Associates (formerly known as Siff & Lake), $200,000 (2010), $190,000 (2009), $220,000 (2008), $200,000 (2007), which also lobbies for Western States Petroleum Association (2007-2010).
  • Mehlman/Vogel, $240,000 (2010), $200,000 (2009), $120,000 (2008), $20,000 (2007) which also lobbies for the American Petroleum Institute (2008-2010), Business Roundtable (2008-2010), Edison Electric Institute (2008-2010) and Energy Future Holdings (2009-2010).
  • Cove Strategies, $170,000 (2010), $150,000 (2009), whose lobbyist Matthew Schlapp previously worked for Koch Companies Public Sector as executive director of federal affairs, and before that served as chief of staff to former Kansas Representative Todd Tiahrt, a top recipient of Koch funding.
  • Hunton and Williams, $160,000 (2010), $60,000 (2009), $150,000 (2008), $80,000 (2007), which also lobbies for a wide variety of coal-burning utilities and dirty industry front groups, including American Electric Power (2005-2010), Southern Company (2003-2010), Duke Energy (2007-2010), Americans for Affordable Climate Policy (2009-2010), Gas Processing Association (2008-2010) and the Foundation for Environment and Economic Progress (2006-2010). Hunton and Williams was also recently implicated in a corporate spy scandal, hiring a security company to monitor and undermine political opponents of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • MWR Strategies, $60,000 (2010), $80,000 (2009), $80,000 (2008), which also lobbies for American Electric Power (2004-2010), Southern Company (2005-2010) and El Paso Corporation (2006-2010).

In addition, Koch executives serve on the boards of other organizations wielding influence against clean energy and climate policy. The Executive Vice President for Operations Excellence & Compliance at Koch Industries, James Mahoney, is also a vice-president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA). NPRA significantly increased its lobbying budget in 2009, reporting $1.68 million in direct federal lobbying expenses.  This more than doubled the lobby spending of the organization from 2008, when its total lobbying budget was $810,000