Coal Giant Peabody Energy's Spends Millions on Lobbying US Government

St. Louis-based coal company Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) has seen its stock price plummet since 2011, but that has not stopped the company from spending big dollars on lobbyists to work over politicians and government officials in Washington, DC.

According to US government lobby disclosure records, Peabody Energy spent $3.5 million in 2014 on lobbyists to promote their interests on everything from climate protection to environment to abandoned mines cleanup. 

Here's where Peabody Energy spent their lobbying dollars in 2014:

Lobby firm: Peabody Investments Corporation (a subsidiary of Peabody Energy)

Amount paid in 2014: $2.4 million

Lobbyist names: Ursula Wojciechowski [note: typically there would be many lobbyists listed for such a large amount of money reported, we have made inquiries to Peabody regarding this].

Issues covered: Environment, Energy, Financial Institutions/Investments/Securities, Taxation, Labor Issues, Budget/Appropriations (See full list of specific legislation listed in the lobby disclosure forms).


Lobby Firm: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Amount paid in 2014: $430,000

Lobbyist names: Rob Mangas, Tim Hutchinson, J. Dennis Hastert, K. Laurie Mckay, Katie Reed, Pete Hoekstra, Allison Schwartz, Albert Wynn, Rusty Mathews [note: much of the Shapiro team moved over to Greenberg Traurig, LLP in the 3rd quarter of 2014]

Issues covered: Energy, Environment, Taxation, Budget/Appropriations, Labor Issues(See full filing here for complete list of issues covered).


Lobby Firm: Gephardt Group Government Affairs

Amount paid in 2014: $400,000

Lobbyist names: Richard Gephardt Thomas O'Donnell Sharon Daniels Gregory Carnick 

Issues covered: Environmental Regulations


Lobby Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Amount paid in 2014: $180,000

Lobbyist names: Rob Mangas, Tim Hutchinson, K. Laurie McKay, Allison Schwartz, Albert Wynn, Katie Reed, Rusty Mathews.

Issues covered: Energy, Environment, Taxation, Budget/Appropriations, Labor Issues(See full filing here for complete list of issues covered).


Lobby Firm: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Amount paid in 2014: $80,000 

Lobbyist names: John Shadegg, James Barnette

Issues covered: Clean Air Act implementation issues

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