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Marathon (Marathon Oil Corporation) based in Houston, Texas, explores for and produces oil and gas in countries such as Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ireland, Libya, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S. [1] It has the fourth largest gas station chain in the U.S., selling under the brands Marathon, Speedway, and Pilot. [2]

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Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Marathon has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). [3]

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Ties to Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission

Marathon served as a sponsor for the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission's 2014 and 2015 annual meetings held in both Columbus, Ohio and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[4][5]

Political contributions

Marathon gave $209,100 to federal candidates in the 2006 election cycle through its political action committee - 21% to Democrats and 79% to Republicans. [6]


Marathon is one of the largest energy company contributors to both Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress. These contributions total $346,200 to the 110th US Congress (as of the third quarter), the largest of which has been to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for $21,450. Sen. Landrieu, for her part, has strongly supported the oil industry on energy, war and climate bills.[1]

Contributions like this from fossil fuel companies to members of Congress are often seen as a political barrier to pursuing clean energy.

More information on oil industry contributions to Congress can be found at, created by the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Oil Change International.

The company spent $2,200,000 for lobbying in 2006. $300,000 went to three outside lobbying firms with the remainder being spent using in-house lobbyists.[7]


Key executives[8] 2006 Pay Options Exercised
Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Chief Executive Officer $4,380,000 $5,320,000
Janet F. Clark, Chief Financial Officer $1,190,000 $537,000
Gary R. Heminger, Executive Vice President $2,490,000 $8,260,000
Philip G. Behrman, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Exploration $859,000 $5,950,000
Steven B. Hinchman, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Production $1,000,000 $1,680,000

Selected board members: [9]

Contact details

5555 San Felipe Road
Houston, TX 77056
United States
Phone: 713-629-6600
Fax: 713-296-2952

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Profile, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
  2. Brands and Products, Marathon, accessed July 2007.
  3. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information on American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  4. IOGCC 2015 Annual Conference: Oklahoma City, OK,, accessed April 2016.
  5. IOGCC 2014 Annual Meeting Sponsors
  6. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
  7. Marathon Oil lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
  8. Marathon Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
  9. Board of Directors, Marathon, accessed July 2007.

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