Manchin visits Alberta as Canada Ramps Up US Lobbying Amid Energy Crisis

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) visited Alberta, Canada, this week and met with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to discuss North American energy security in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The visit came as the oil-rich province has quickly expanded its U.S. outreach in an effort to advance Alberta’s energy and trade interests in America, according to documents filed with the U.S. Justice Department. In recent weeks, the Alberta government retained at least two firms in Washington to assist in “strategic communications,” “message testing” and “direct advocacy with the United States Congress,” documents show. The Canadian Energy Centre, a government-funded…

Lobbying Firms Sever Partnerships on Russian Pipeline After Raking in Millions

Lobbyists are distancing themselves from foreign companies partnering on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project after lobbying for them for a total of $17 million since 2017. According to Politico, three lobbying firms severed ties with companies partnering on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The terminations bring a multimillion dollar lobbying push to a halt as President Joe Biden announces sanctions on the company constructing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and Germany pauses certification of the pipeline. Foreign companies partnering on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 have spent heavily on lobbying around the pipeline project, which would deliver Russian…

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