Washington strategies increasingly reach beyond Capital Beltway

More US oil and gas associations are expanding their federal advocacy efforts beyond Congress and the Obama administration. Washington staff members still plan to brief new House and Senate members and their staffs and keep in touch with federal regulators as 2013 gets under way. But association leaders have intensified their grassroots activity to increasingly involve local governments, businesses—and voters. "To win in the long term, you need to win people's hearts and minds," American Petroleum Institute Pres. Jack N. Gerard told OGJ on Jan. 11. "We have millions of advocates from outside the industry who work to educate other people on oil and gas issues. They are the o...

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