Million here, million there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money:

Peabody Investments Corp., a subsidiary of coal producer Peabody Energy Corp., spent nearly $1.3 million in the first quarter to lobby on issues related to the coal industry, according to a disclosure report.

The company lobbied Congress on legislation involving renewable energy and energy independence, promotion of coal-to-liquid fuel, global warming, mine communications technology, tax credits and other issues during the first three months of the year.

Christopher Leahy, former policy coordinator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is among those registered to lobby for the St. Louis-based company, according to the report filed with the House clerk’s office.

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