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    BP Spent Nearly $5M on Lobbying in 2007

    Issues included energy independence and the environment.

    NEW YORK -- BP America spent $4.7 million to lobby the government in 2007 on issues such as pollution, energy independence and relations with oil-producing countries, The Associated Press reported.

    In the first half of the year, the U.S. arm of the London-based BP PLC spent $2.1 million lobbying, while it spent $2.6 million in the second half of the year, the AP reported, citing an online disclosure posted by the Senate's public records office. The company also paid a total of $1.1 million to lobbying firms Alpine Group, Allbaugh, Duberstein Group and Podesta Group, the report stated.

    Other topics the company lobbied on included energy legislation, pipelines in Alaska, energy efficiency and relations with countries like Venezuela and Iraq, the report stated.

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