March 24, 2011- Koch Industries Inc. has registered to lobby the Alberta government on energy and other industries, according to the provincial lobby registry.
The privately-held conglomerate, which holds businesses in refining, chemicals, minerals, ranching, consumer products and others, registered on March 15, according to the provincial government's lobbyist registration site.
According to the filing, Wichita, Kan.-based Koch has been lobbying the government since March 10, aided by David Keto, a consultant with Global Public Affairs and a former project manager with Finance Alberta. Keto was also the executive assistant to a cabinet minister from 2001 to 2003, according to the filing.
There is no end date given as to when the lobbying would end.
Koch's director of corporate communication, Melissa Cohlmia, told the Financial Post yesterday in an email that “Koch companies want to add value by providing quality services and products our customers desire and value in a way that is compliant with all laws and regulations.” She did not elaborate.
According to the Post, there is no evidence Koch has lobbied the federal government.
Koch is owned by CEO Charles Koch and his brother, Executive Vice-President David Koch. Both men are worth US$22 billion, according to Forbes.
According to the company's website, Koch employs around 2,400 people in Canada. Four of its companies currently operate in Alberta, including Flint Hills Resources Canada LP, one of “Canada's largest crude oil purchasers, shippers and exporters,” according to the company.