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Halliburton spent $770,000 lobbying Washington in first half of 2004, a 400% increase from 2003

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- Halliburton dramatically increased lobbying activity for 2004, government records show. According to filings with the U.S. Senate Office of Public Records, Halliburton spent $150,000 lobbying Washington during the first six months of last year, but spent $770,000 during the first six months of 2004, a 413 percent increase.

Halliburton's in-house lobbyists spent $250,000 during the first half of 2004, a 67 percent increase from last year when it spent $150,000.

The in-house lobbyists include retired Army Lt. Gen. Charles E. Dominy, vice president for government affairs; Donald A. Deline, a former counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee; Barbara Jones; and George P. Sigalos, director of government relations for KBR and a former press aide to Rep. Philip M. Crane (R-IL). These people pushed for favorable legislation on asbestos, tort reform, the WTO, energy policy, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corp., government procurement, military contracting, immigration and homeland security.

Earlier this year, Halliburton hired an outside lobbying firm, Covington & Burling, to lobby Washington on behalf of its KBR Government Operations division, the same division being pummeled by the media, the Pentagon and Congress for its handling of Iraq contracts. Covington & Burling was paid $520,000 to handle "inquiries concerning company's construction and service contracts in Iraq," the firm said in a filing.

According to the filing, Covington & Burling listed the following people as lobbyists for Halliburton/KBR: Roderick A. DeArment, who was chief of staff to now-retired Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS); Martin B. Gold, former counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN); Stuart E. Eizenstat, U.S. ambassador to the European Union during the Clinton administration; Alan A. Pemberton, coordinator of the firm's government contracts practice; David M. Marchick, who served in various posts in the Clinton administration; Jack L. Schenendorf; Peter Flanagan; Jennifer Plitsch; Benjamin J. Razi; and Allegra Lane.

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