- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two Catholic religious orders want to know more about Duke Energy’s lobbying efforts.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1ZhhlBm) the sisters of two Catholic religious orders want the information at Duke’s stockholders’ meeting.

Investors are to vote on whether Duke should disclose more about lobbying and membership in industry-friendly groups.

Duke has spent more than $33 million in federal lobbying in the past six years.

Duke says it already files all required lobbying reports and has beefed up efforts to make information available.

The proposal comes from Mercy Investment Services of St. Louis, which represents the Sisters of Mercy in Belmont and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in Bristow, Va.

They want to know if Duke belongs to The American Legislative Exchange Council, which pushes for limited government and free markets.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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