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.  It has the fourth largest gas station chain in the U.S., selling under the brands Marathon, Speedway, and Pilot. 
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Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
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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.
Contributions like this from fossil fuel companies to members of Congress are often seen as a political barrier to pursuing clean energy.
|Key executives||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: 
- David A. Daberko, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer—National City Corporation
- Charles R. Lee, Retired Non-Executive Chairman of the Board—Verizon Communications Inc.
- Thomas J. Usher, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board—Marathon Oil Corporation
5555 San Felipe Road
Houston, TX 77056
Resources and articles
Related SourceWatch articles
- Profile, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
- Brands and Products, Marathon, accessed July 2007.
- 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
- IOGCC 2015 Annual Conference: Oklahoma City, OK, DeSmogBlog.com, accessed April 2016.
- IOGCC 2014 Annual Meeting Sponsors
- 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
- Marathon Oil lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
- Marathon Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
- Board of Directors, Marathon, accessed July 2007.
- David Leigh, "Stripped of Its Wealth", Guardian/CorpWatch, June 2, 2005.
- Ed Crooks and Sheila McNulty, "Big oil's waiting game over Iraq's reserves", Financial Times/CorpWatch, September 19, 2007.
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