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Blog Post | May 13, 2024

The Pro-Fossil Fuel Lawmakers and Regulators Bankrolled by Scott Sheffield, Fracking CEO Behind Oil Price-Fixing Conspiracy

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The Pro-Fossil Fuel Lawmakers and Regulators Bankrolled by Scott Sheffield, Fracking CEO Behind Oil Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Scott Sheffield, the ex-CEO of fracking giant Pioneer Natural Resources, has been accused by the Federal Trade Commission of colluding with U.S. drillers and OPEC officials to constrain the global supply of oil, which ultimately increased gasoline prices and boosted fossil fuel industry profits at the expense of working households. Our review of campaign finance data shows that Sheffield has personally spent more than $750,000 to shape energy policy in his favor at the federal and state levels.

Click below to download a spreadsheet of the data we compiled.

Since the turn of the century, Sheffield has contributed more than $280,000 to House, Senate, presidential, and joint fundraising committee campaigns, plus almost $200,000 in disclosed giving to PACs.

Sheffield has donated another $290,000 in Texas alone, including more than $120,000 to ensure the Texas Railroad Commission remains under Republican control. Despite its deceptive name, that commission is tasked with regulating oil, gas, utilities, and surface mining throughout the Lone Star State—making it among the most important petro-regulators on the planet.

Photo: Scott Sheffield, Linkedin.

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