Artists Against Fracking, a celebrity-backed group started by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, the son of the late Beatles star, appears to have violated a New York state law that requires that groups who spend money in an attempt to influence government policy register as lobbyists for the purpose of transparency.
The group has a star-studded roster of supporters, including Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, and Paul McCartney and recently released a video called “Don’t Frack My Mother” (above), featuring celebrities such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Susan Sarandon, among others. According to the Associated Press, experts believe that the group has surpassed the $5,000 threshold beyond which registration is required, though there are no public records of its spending.
If a group is believed to have unknowingly failed to register, it is notified and given a chance to submit a lobbying form and pay a $200 fee.
Ono and Lennon started the Artists Against Fracking to oppose fracking in upstate New York — something Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering.