Oil Industry Group Hires GOP Firm

by Kevin Bogardus

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers group has hired a prominent Republican-leaning lobbying firm, disclosure records show.

CGCN Group LLC — formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen LLC– is lobbying for the oil and gas fuel trade group on the renewable fuel standard, U.S. EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations and regulatory reform, according to documents released this week by the Senate.  The firm’s lobbyists have been working for AFPM since Jan. 25 and include a number of well-connected advocates to Republican leaders in the House and Senate. They include former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio); Jay Cranford, a former policy adviser to ex-House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio); and Mike Catanzaro, another former Boehner aide and ex-GOP deputy staff director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The firm brought Catanzaro on in December 2014 to help expand its energy practice (Greenwire, Dec. 9, 2014).

AFPM already has a substantial presence on K Street, having spent more than $4.1 million on lobbying last year, and is a vocal critic of the Obama administration.  Earlier this week, the trade group filed a lawsuit to block implementation of the renewable fuel standard (E&ENews PM, Feb. 10). In addition, AFPM is a party in litigation looking to stall EPA’s Clean Power Plan (E&ENews PM, Oct.
23, 2015).