For Immediate Release: August 15th, 2014
Senator Wielechowski Releases New Legislative Research Report Detailing Oil Industry Lobbying and Campaign Spending in Alaska
ANCHORAGE – Since 2000, the oil industry has spent more than $60 million attempting to influence elections in Alaska as well as decisions made by legislators and the Governor. Spending so far this year is approaching $13 million, $10 million more than in any prior year.
These numbers were made public in a recent report by the non-partisan Legislative Research Services, which tallied industry expenditures over the past 13 years to shape the outcome of elections and the behavior of policy-makers.
In addition to their ad campaigns, the industry has spent nearly $43 million since 2000 lobbying legislators and governors, according to the report.
“We are elected to represent the interests of Alaskans, not corporations based in Houston or London,” Senator Wielechowski said. “I want to hear from my constituents first and foremost. Unfortunately, the views of average Alaskans are being completely drowned out by the views of Exxon, BP and ConocoPhillips.”
In addition to spending by the companies themselves, the report identified $1.6 million in campaign contributions made by employees of oil companies.
Sen. Wielechowski added, “In Alaska, it’s time for the oil industry to back off and let Alaskans weigh the facts and make our own decisions.”
To view the report from Legislative Research Services, click here:
For more information, contact Senator Wielechowski at (907) 242-1558.