International Paper

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International Paper (IP) is a diversified, global company with manufacturing operations in the western hemisphere, Europe, Asia and Africa. Its operations include carbon sequestration and coal production. It is also the largest forest products company in the world, and owns half a million acres of land in the U.S. and owns or has harvesting rights to almost a million acres in Brazil and Russia.[1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

IP was a sponsor of the Louisiana Welcome Reception at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting.[2]

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Existing Coal Plants

Plant Name State Year(s) Built Capacity
International Paper Savannah Mill GA 1981, 1998 154 MW
International Paper Augusta Power Plant GA 1960, 1965 84.7 MW
International Paper Roanoke Rapids Power Plant GA 1966 22.5 MW


IP retains considerable interest in coal and lignite deposits throughout the Gulf Coast coal basin. According to IP, ±330,000 gross mineral acres and ±1 billion net tons producable lignite have been estimated to be held within its deposits throughout the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Washington.[3]

Carbon Sequestration

IP owns carbon dioxide (CO2) geo-sequestration rights on roughly 3mm acres throughout the south-central and southeastern U.S. According to the IP website, "IP Mineral Resources has identified some 4.7 million (gross) company controlled acres within the Gulf Coast Coal basin alone that, based on sub-surface electric logs, appear to offer good geologic potential for both CO2 Sequestration and/or CBM production, or both. Thus far IP Mineral Resources has leased some 200,000 of these acres that are currently being explored for commercial CBM production." IP "is interested in industry or government research and development that could lead to use of these extensive holdings as a proving ground for further CO2 sequestration opportunities."[4]

Political contributions

The International Paper political action committee gave $313,999 to federal candidates in the 2006 election cycle - 14% to Democrats, 86% to Republicans.[5]


The company spent $2,620,000 for lobbying in 2006. $200,000 went to lobbying firm Capitol Tax Partners with the remainder being spent using in-house lobbyists.[6]

International Paper is a member of Mail Moves America, a pro-junk mail front group set up by the Direct Marketing Association to oppose legislated "Do Not Mail" lists that would give consumers the option of declining to receive junk mail. International Paper also set up its own pro-junk mail activism web site, IP Moves the Mail, which facilitates pro-junk mail activism through contact with legislators.


Accessed May 2010: [7]

Personnel (2007)

Selected executives:[8]

Selected board members:[9]

Contact details

International Paper
6400 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38197
Phone: 901-419-7000
Fax: 901-214-9682

Resources and articles

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  1. Profile, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
  2. [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Receptions, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
  3. "Coal / Lignite" International Paper Website, September 2009
  4. "CO2 Geo Sequestration" International Paper Website, September 2009
  5. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
  6. International Paper lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
  7. Directors, , accessed May 9, 2010.
  8. Management, International Paper, accessed July 2007.
  9. Board of Directors, International Paper, accessed July 2007.

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