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and trade or coal plant regulations.
A stalled pipeline keeps pumping cash into Washington
Advertising: Several Washington subway stations are blanketed with pro Keystone XL ads, paid for by the government of Canada. Ottawa budgeted $16.5 million for advertising in 2013 14 to highlight what it calls responsible resource development.
WASHINGTON The Keystone XL pipeline may be stalled, but it pumping a steady flow of cash into Washington where inertia is a multibillion dollar industry. capital, where tens of millions of dollars are being spent on the issue.
Anti Keystone billionaire Tom Steyer promises to fight back by spending up to $100 million on the 2014 congressional races, essentially to help Democrats. The former hedge fund manager says he spend $50 million of his own money and will seek to raise matching funds from other donors.
environmental community was in need of a focus it was in need of an opportunity, and they were very unfortunate. It just an unfortunate coincidence that Keystone was there for them, Manning said.
Lobbying: It a $6.7 billion industry in Washington, according to an analysis by the pro transparency group the Sunlight Foundation.
The Washington insider news outlet, Politico, described the ongoing phenomenon Thursday under the headline, Inc. One activist likened it to an arms race, calling the standoff between the pro and anti pipeline sides the most expensive environmental battle Uptempo Nike
On the other side, the Environmental Defense Action Fund has reported $300,000 in lobbying expenses for all its various causes this year one of which is Keystone. The League of Conservation Voters has reported spending $45,000 on its different lobbying activities.
It unclear just how many groups have lobbied on Keystone. But the American Petroleum Institute, a major pipeline supporter, reported $2.6 million for all its lobbying expenses in the last quarter of 2013 with a team of just over a dozen lobbyists working the Houses of Congress and federal agencies.
I think one of the messages in the book is that the dysfunction that we see is very, very good for business here. This town functions and thrives, not only on disagreement, but on gridlock, and on combat and not on working problems out, but on fighting battles. If you can keep the battles going for a long time, you're going to keep a lot of people in business. Keystone, the financial floodgates opened when comprehensive climate change legislation stalled in Congress a few years ago.
From a labyrinthine disclosure system, some figures emerge to paint a financial portrait of how the issue is being slugged out on various fronts lobbying, advertising, political donations and grassroots activism.
no question that the way Washington operates is that there a lot of expertise on how policy is built, and how points are made and how communication can be successful, said David Manning, the province representative in Nike Air Total Max Uptempo White Blue Washington. than in Canada, and certainly much more aggressive in Washington, than anything Canadians are familiar with. paper trail tells part of the story.
congressional effort to speed up the process appears to have collapsed this week.
he ever seen.
The spending deluge will continue indefinitely, thanks to the two latest non developments: the Obama administration has delayed a decision on the pipeline, and a Nike Uptempo Green And White
TransCanada Corp. federal lobbying since then. The company says it hardly did much lobbying before Keystone.
The pipeline became a proxy for the entire battle, frustrating even some environmentalists who fretted that attention was being diverted from far bigger issues like cap Nike Jordan Uptempo
Lobbying is conducted a little differently south of the border, one Alberta diplomat pointed out.
There are parallel ad campaigns by the industry and its opponents. A Steyer funded group paid for one ad that aired during President Barack Obama state of the Union address, telling viewers the pipeline was a deal for America.
NGOs: The oil industry and a pipeline workers union have created pro KXL groups, like Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence. Another group, Oil Sands Fact Check, had a spokesman at a recent Washington protest to rebut points raised by anti pipeline demonstrators. The organization was built in part through multimillion dollar donations from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Sustainable Development program. an immigration bill passed tomorrow, that's going to be tens of millions of dollars in lobbying fees and consulting fees and cable shouting matches that aren going to be realized, Leibovich said in an interview with the online magazine Salon.
Political donations: About $6.3 billion was spent on the 2012 election presidential and congressional races, according to an analysis by Open Secrets. By way of comparison, in Canada, the four parties in Parliament registered having spent about 135 times less in the 2011 federal election. That $46 million figure, reported by Elections Canada, doesn include issue based ads by outside groups. election cycle, with 90 per cent of it going to Republicans.
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