Maryland General Assembly

Petroleum industry leads Maryland lobbying spenders — but lost

Petroleum industry leads Maryland lobbying spenders — but lost

The American Petroleum Institute paid almost three times as much as the next-biggest spender on lobbying during this year’s General Assembly session — but was defeated on its most prominent issue.

Figures recently released by the State Ethics Commission show that the Washington-based API spent more than $1.4 million to influence Maryland lawmakers. The trade association lost its fight to permit fracking in Maryland when Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and the Democratic majority in the General Assembly came together around one of the nation’s strictest bans on the method of extracting natural gas.

The API lost despite hiring some of the most accomplished and highest-earning...

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