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Fourth-quarter filings for Big Oil companies and trade groups are showing up in the handy Lobbying Disclosure Act database.

Why it matters: The totals are a periodic reminder of the industry money going into influencing federal policy and Congress.

  • The filings, while they vary in detail, often provide specifics on which bills and policy areas the efforts address.

Here are a few totals based on what's available and links to the filings:

  • The American Petroleum Institute, the industry's biggest trade group, reported $1.98 million in Q4 lobbying, up from $1.6 million in Q3 of 2019.
  • Exxon reported $2.65 million, up from $1.94 million in Q3.
  • Chevron reported $1.81 million in Q4, down from $2.25 million in Q3.
  • BP reported $1.5 million, compared to $1.26 million in Q3.
  • Shell reported $2.16 million in Q4, up from $1.68 million in Q3.
  • The Edison Electric Institute, which lobbies for investor-owned power companies, reported $2.1 million, similar to the roughly $2.2 million in Q3.

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DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged that Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into what Google is doing, and why now, with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer who previously worked at HHS and as health commissioner for New Orleans.

Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban

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President Biden signed an executive order on Monday overturning the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Why it matters: The ban, which allowed the military to bar openly transgender recruits and discharge people for not living as their sex assigned at birth, affected up to 15,000 service members, according to tallies from the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender American Veterans Association.