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Environmentalists call out Duke Energy over 'influence spending'

Duke Energy spends tens of millions a year in North Carolina on lobbying, public relations and advertising, focusing in its most recent TV and radio spots on the "smarter energy future" it's working toward. (Source: WECT) Duke Energy spends tens of millions a year in North Carolina on lobbying, public relations and advertising, focusing in its most recent TV and radio spots on the "smarter energy future" it's working toward. (Source: WECT)
RALEIGH, NC (WRAL) -

Duke Energy spends tens of millions a year in North Carolina on lobbying, public relations and advertising, focusing in its most recent TV and radio spots on the "smarter energy future" it's working toward.

The Charlotte-based utility, which has a public relations staff of more than 100 people, spent $5.5 million on advertising in the first three quarters of 2017, according to data gathered by REDBOOKS, which tracks media spending. It spent $7.8 million the year before that and more than $10 million in 2015.

Why does a monopoly need to advertise?

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