Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
$9,782,650 to winners, $152,100 to losers
Occidental Petroleum is an international oil and gas exploration company, with activities in the U.S., Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. The fourth-largest oil exploration and production company in the U.S., Occidental spent at least $9.5 million opposing Proposition 87 in 2006. The ballot measure, which failed, would have created a $4 billion program to reduce oil consumption and provide incentives for alternative energy by creating a new tax on oil extraction in California. Occidental teamed up with several other oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy, to fight the measure.
Total contributions: $9,978,000
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Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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