Keystone Lobby Outguns Protesters

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Photograph by Pete Marovich/Boomberg

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Thousands of people from across the country marched around the White House last year chanting slogans and carrying placards in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a project to link Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

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.

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