The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is a nationwide trade association representing the interests of oil refining companies. AFPM fights legislation that could be seen as harming the refining industry, including attempts to regulate greenhouse gases.
AFPM has steadily contracted with Edelman since 2012, paying the PR firm a total of $21 million for their services into 2018. In 2017, Edelman’s Executive Vice President of their Washington-based energy practice was hired by AFPM as Senior Vice President, Communications.
Total Edelman Contracts: $16.5 million
- Contracts by year between 2012 and 2017:
- 2012: $638,494
- 2013: $3,034,064
- 2014: $4,011,828
- 2015: $2,996,049
- 2016: $1,595,348
- 2017: $4,241,193
- 2018: $4,420,483
- 2019: $4,329,624
American Energy Alliance Contracts
AFPM was the only trade association to list a contract with the American Energy Alliance (AEA), paying $1.7 million between 2012 and 2014. AEA is a non-profit group that describes itself as a grassroots affiliate of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), an anti-environmental think tank that routinely supports environmental deregulation and climate change denial.A 2012 video published by AEA titled “Nine Dollar Gas.”
For the 2012 election season, AEA launched a massive pro-Keystone XL ad campaign, which was in part funded by the Koch brothers, attacking Obama for his decisions regarding the pipeline. The same year, AEA received $895,000 from AFPM for consulting.
Total American Energy Alliance Projects: $1.7 million
AFPM 990s: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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