Halliburton, one of the companies under scrutiny for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has amended lobbying disclosure reports for the past 15 months to fix discrepancies concerning the amounts the company spent.
The new reports show lobbying spending that is more than double more than double what it reported in the previous filings. The company now reports spending $120,000 in the first quarter of 2010, versus $50,000 in the earlier reports, and $450,000 in 2009, versus $200,000 in the earlier reports.
The amended versions appear to include $320,000 in fees paid to Jackson Lewis, an outside firm that lobbies for Halliburton, during that period. Jackson Lewis also amended the fee amounts the firm reported receiving from Halliburton, which dropped from $460,000 to $320,000.
Teresa Wong, a spokeswoman for Halliburton, could not immediately be reached for comment on the amended reports. Last week, Wong said via e-mail that the company had learned of the "potential discrepancies in its reporting of lobbying expenditures between the company’s fees and those reported by outside firms" and was looking into them.