Southern Co. snapshot 

A look at one of Atlanta's most profitable and powerful companies, by the numbers.

Southern Co.'s net income during the first nine months of its 2004 fiscal year: $1.4 billion

Total contributions Southern Co., its executives and subsidiaries made to President Bush's re-election campaign: $191,232

Southern Co.'s rank among companies and groups with the highest donations to Bush's campaign: 20th

Contributions Southern Co. made to federal campaigns in political action committee and soft money between 2000 and mid-2003: $2.4 million

Minimum amount Southern Co. and its subsidiaries have spent on federal lobbying since 2000: $4.8 million

Amount that the weakening of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mercury rules would save U.S. power companies: $2.7 billion

Number of lakes and rivers in Georgia that are home to fish that shouldn't be eaten regularly because of mercury contamination: 103

Amount by which Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power originally requested to increase its electricity rates per year: $328 million

Amount the state Public Service Commission said Georgia Power should reduce its electricity rates by per year: $57 million

Georgia Power's requested rate increase, in response to the PSC's proposal: $282 million

Sources: U.S. EPA, Center for Responsive Politics, Georgia PSC, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the state Environmental Protection Division.

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