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Fracking Proponents Outspend Anti-Frackers

Pro-fracking interests are out-spending the anti-fracking side by a 9 to 1 margin when it comes to lobbying and campaign contributions in New York State according to an advocacy group.
Pro-fracking interests are out-spending the anti-fracking side by a 9 to 1 margin when it comes to lobbying and campaign contributions in New York State according to an advocacy group.

Common Cause has released a report titled "Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets" which analyzes political spending on the issue from 2007 through last July. The group says gas industry companies and their representatives, including Exxon Mobil, the American Petroleum Institute and Halliburton, have given state elected officials over $15 million in campaign contributions, compared to less than $2 million contributed by those opposed to fracking.

When it comes to lobbying, the difference is even more substantial with the gas industry out-spending anti-frackers $48 million to $5 million. Among legislators, Common Cause says Senator Tom Libous has received the most pro-drilling money, $368,000. Governor Cuomo, who activists on both sides of the issue believe will have the ultimate say on whether fracking is allowed in the state, has received nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from fracking supporters.
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