September 18, 2007 – 3:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Royal Dutch Shell plc paid Covington & Burling LLP $100,000 to lobby the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a recent disclosure form.
The firm lobbied Congress and the U.S. State Department to oppose economic sanctions against Shell, according to a form filed Aug. 14 by the Senate’s public records office.
The U.S. government has warned the Dutch energy giant that it could be subject to sanctions if it pursues a liquefied natural gas project with Iran. The Amsterdam-based company signed an exploratory agreement with Iran earlier this year.
Among Covington & Burling’s lobbyists who worked on Shell’s behalf were Alan Larson, a former under secretary of state at the U.S. State Department.
Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.