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Oil in our government:

Oil in our government:

Combined with its $6.8 million outlay in the first quarter, Chevron spent about $12.8 million on lobbying in the first half of 2009, the fourth-highest tab for companies and organizations that file disclosure reports, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Chevron, the second-largest U.S. oil company behind Exxon Mobil Corp., spent $3.2 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2008.

In the most-recent period, Chevron lobbied on a variety of issues, including legislation dealing with market speculation and manipulation and Federal Trade Commission rulemaking. It also weighed in on environmental matters and industry-specific issues such as hydraulic fracturing, according to the disclosure form filed July 17 with the House clerk's office.

Besides Congress, Chevron lobbied the departments of Energy, State, Commerce, Treasury as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Executive Office of the President.

Among those lobbying for Chevron were Lisa Barry, the former principal deputy assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, and Judy Blanchard, former deputy staff director for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


Congress needs term limits.