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The Climate Lobby from Soup to Nuts

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 11:22am
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The Climate Lobby from Soup to Nuts

1,160 Businesses and Groups Lobbying on Climate Change; Venture Capitalists, Food Companies Now Among Those Fighting for a Place at the Table

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 28, 2009 — President Obama said at Copenhagen that the United States is committed to action on global warming, but the domestic politics are only growing more complex. A Center for Public Integrity analysis of the 140 interests that jumped into the fray for the first time in the third quarter of 2009 reveals a marked trend: Firms and organizations which feel they've been overlooked are fighting for a place at the table. Among them: venture capitalists and food companies, including America's most iconic soup maker.

The Center's story, "The Climate Lobby from Soup to Nuts," notes that overall, the number of businesses and groups lobbying on climate change in the third quarter essentially held steady at 1,160; those new interests that jumped in were essentially balanced by others who left the battle. Even so, the Center's analysis found that the overall spending on climate lobbying likely grew in the third quarter. Although amounts spent on lobbying by issue are not disclosed, if the groups involved spent just 10 percent of their lobbying budgets on climate, they would have shelled out $30.5 million in the third quarter — up nearly 13 percent over the previous quarter.

This story is part of the Center's ongoing series, The Climate Change Lobby, which includes a searchable database of lobbyists.  

Organizational support for the Center for Public Integrity and for this project was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Deer Creek Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Greenlight Capital Employees, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, theOpen Society Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Park Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and many other generous institutional and individual donors.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent digital news organization specializing in original investigative journalism and research on significant public policy issues. Since 1990, the Washington, D.C.-based Center has released more than 475 investigative reports and 17 books to provide greater transparency and accountability of government and other institutions. It has received the prestigious George Polk Award and more than 32 other national journalism awards and 18 finalist nominations from national organizations, including PEN USA, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and National Press Foundation. In 2007, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized three Center projects with first-place online awards — the only organization that year to be recognized with three awards. The Center has been honored with the Online News Association’s coveted General Excellence Award, and a special citation for the body of its investigative work from the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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