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Several oil companies reported a slight dip in their hefty lobbying numbers in the third quarter.

Why it matters: Disclosure filings reveal how much money is flowing through Beltway influence efforts and the specific topics they're working on.

The big picture: BP reported a slight increase, showing $1.26 million in Q3, up from $1.18 million in Q2. Others show drops ...

  • Chevron reported $2.25 million in Q3 lobbying, a dip from $2.38 million in Q2.
  • ExxonMobil listed $1.94 million in Q3 lobbying, down from $2.45 million in Q2.
  • Shell disclosed $1.68 million, compared to $1.96 million in the prior period.
  • The powerful American Petroleum Institute, which represents companies of all sizes, posting $1.6 million in Q3 lobbying, down from $2.05 million in Q2.

But, but, but: It's real money! But lobbying ebbs and flows depending on what's happening in Congress and agencies, and it's well below levels from a decade ago.

  • For instance, Exxon reported $7.16 million in lobbying in Q3 of 2009.

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Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.