Money in Politics

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets

Campaign Contributions and Lobbying by Fracking Interests to Influence Public Policy


The proposed use of high volume hydraulic fracturing technology, also called “hydro-fracturing” or, more commonly, “fracking”, to drill for natural gas in New York State remains highly controversial. Industry and related business interests continue to press for fracking to be legalized in New York, citing the benefits of job creation and the need for new energy sources, while environmental groups and others urge caution, pointing to potential risks to New York's water, air and natural resources. To assist the public in monitoring this difficult decision and how it is made, Common Cause/New York continues to expand its analysis of campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by those who seek to influence this critical decision.


Report: Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in New York State


Report - Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures by Fracking Interests to Influence Public Policy - (January 2014)


Appendix B - Illustrating the Need for Lobbying Disclosure Reform


Data Files:

Anti-Fracking Groups - Campaign Contributions

Anti-Fracking Groups - Lobbying Data

Fracking Bills in the 2013 NYS Legislature

Pro-Fracking Interests - Campaign Contributions

Pro-Fracking Interests - Lobbying Data

Pro-Fracking Interests - Totals and Sources


In the News

Pro-fracking forces keep ponying up (Times Union - 7-22-13)

Susan Lerner - 07/22/2013 (Capital Tonight - 7-22-13)

Common Cause NY: DeFrancisco, Nozzolio among top recipients of pro-fracking contributions (Auburn Pub - 7-22-13)

Advocates want probe of pro-fracking campaign donations (Democrat & Chronicle - 7-22-13)

Common Cause says Moreland should look at frackers (Capitol Confidential - 7-22-13)

Common Cause: Moreland Should Probe Fracking Contributions (State of Politics - 7-22-13)

Pro-public financing group calls on Moreland Commission to probe pro-fracking donors (Albany Watch-LoHud - 7-22-13)

Study: Southern Tier politicians received $400K from fracking advocates (MorningTimes - 12/24/12)

Common Cause: Hydrofracking supporters spent nearly $400,000 on Souther Tier elections (Post-Standard - 12/20/12)

Fracking Groups Donate to Incumbents During Last Year's Election Season (WBNG Binghamton - 12/20/12)

Fracking Roundup: Industry-Funded Report Touts Jobs; Common Cause Examines Campaign Donations (Politics on the Hudson - 12/20/12)

How Money in Politics Impacts Fracking (EcoWatch - 12/20/12)

Our view: Fracking fight good case for ethics reform (Observer-Dispatch - 5/3/11)

Fracking Fight Sparks Intense Lobbying (Gotham Gazette - 4/21/11)

It Takes A Village: Hydrofracking Explained (Nyack News & Views - 4/9/11)

$3.6M spent on lobbying hydrofracking moratorium bills (Ithaca Journal - 4/8/11)

Natural Gas Industry Has Sharp Increase in Lobbying Dollars (WYNC - 4/8/11)


Older Reports


Analysis of Pro-Fracking Campaign Contributions (July 2013)


Fracking-Related Campaign Contributions in Southern Tier Elections - (December 2012)


National Fuel: Power Player in New York State (November 2011)


Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in New York - Part 2 (April 2011)


Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in New York - Part 1 (July 2010)