Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. spent $2 million on a pro-drilling advertising campaign en route to becoming New York’s second-highest spender on lobbying last year, according to a report Thursday from the state’s ethics board.

Exxon Mobil spent $2.1 million total on its New York lobbying in 2012, second only to the $4.2 million spent by a coalition of business interests known as the Committee to Save New York, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics found.

State records show the company sent $2 million in July to the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York, a trade group, to fund a series of newspaper and radio advertisements in support of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The much-debated method, also known as fracking, is used to help unlock natural gas from the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation and has been on hold in New York since 2008.

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