A U.S. oil and natural gas giant has tapped Alston & Bird for lobbying help in Washington.
ConocoPhillips Co. has enlisted an Alston team that includes former Representatives Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Billy Tauzin (R-La.) to advocate for it on "[t]ax and other issues affecting the oil and gas industry," according to lobbying registration paperwork filed with Congress last week. Pomeroy, a senior counsel, and Tauzin, a special legislative counsel, are handling the account with counsel Carolyn Smith, senior policy adviser Robert Siggins and partner Robert Jones, who leads Alston's legislative and public policy group.
Daren Beaudo, a ConocoPhillips spokesman, declined to elaborate on Alston's lobbying work. None of the lobbyists could be reached immediately for comment.
The Houston-based company most recently lobbied on tax matters that included the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act in the U.S. Senate. The bill would take away billions of dollars of tax breaks from the oil and gas industry.
Despite an appeal by President Barack Obama to pass the legislation, the measure was unable to garner enough votes to overcome a filibuster in March.
Obama said before the vote in March that major oil and gas companies don't need the tax incentives to remain lucrative.
"Instead of taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s never been more profitable, we should be using that money to double-down on investments in clean energy technologies that have never been more promising – investments in wind power and solar power and biofuels; investments in fuel-efficient cars and trucks, and energy-efficient homes and buildings," Obama said. "That’s the future. That’s the only way we're going to break this cycle of high gas prices that happen year after year after year."