But in terms of day-to-day lobbying in Washington, it’s the project’s backers that appear to be able to marshal greater numbers than its critics.
The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that keeps track of campaign and advocacy spending, reports today there are many more lobbyists advocating for Keystone’s approval than for its rejection.
The group bases its tally on the number of lobbying disclosure reports filed with Congress that include Keystone as an area of focus. Since 2008, oil and gas companies filed 206 reports that mentioned Keystone as a topic, along with say taxes or natural gas exports.
Environmental groups filed 49. Electric utilities, labor unions, and other business groups have also lobbied in favor of the pipeline according to the Sunlight Foundation. Not surprisingly, TransCanada Corp., the Calgary-based pipeline company proposing to build Keystone XL, has been the most active.