The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline has been a flashpoint for debates between environmentalists and oil advocates. But for the company trying to build the pipeline – TransCanada — the issue has always been one of business. Thus the company has spent enormous amounts of money lobbying state and federal lawmakers to approve the pipeline.
Nebraska’s Omaha World-Herald reports today that TransCanada spent a whopping $529,099 on lobbying and legal fees related to lobbying that state’s legislature in the fourth quarter alone, adding up to nearly $10,000 a senator:
During the fourth quarter of 2011, when the Nebraska Legislature had a special session on the …
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