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Exxon Mobil Doled Out $2 Million for NY Fracking Advertisements

Exxon Mobil spent about $2.1 million on lobbying in New York in 2012, making it the second-largest spender, according to a new report from the state’s ethics board.

But just about $105,000 of that actually went to the company’s lobbyists, state records show. The rest of it—$2 million—went towards a pro-hydrofracking ad campaign.

Exxon cut a $2 million check for the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York on July 1, according to the company’s most-recent filing with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The money was for a “natural gas advertising expense,” the company reported, but doesn’t offer any specifics.

IOGA, an oil-and-gas trade group, is one of the state’s most outspoken advocates of drilling and fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, which has been on hold in New York for more than 4.5 years
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