For the past six years, lobbyists in Washington have made a killing shilling either for or against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. And with no clear end in sight, the folks on K Street will continue to see a flurry of cash headed in their direction.
During last year’s heated presidential race, groups spent close to $16 million directly related to the Keystone XL pipeline, with most of that money coming from industry and other proponents of the pipeline. While opponents of the pipeline spent a few million last year – with at least one million pledged this year to fight against KXL – the lion’s share of the money spent on lobbying comes from the dirty energy industry.
Bloomberg reported the following on how intense the lobbying showdown has been in recent years: