ConocoPhillips hires former ND Rep. Earl Pomeroy to lobby on energy tax issues

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.

ConocoPhillips spent $2.4 million on federal lobbying during the first three quarters of this year, according to congressional records. For its government affairs work, ConocoPhillips used its own staffers, as well as lobbyists from BlueWater Strategies and Harlow Government Relations.

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