PG&E Increased Lobbying During Bankruptcy

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November 05, 2019 - 2:42 pm

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It’s not unusual for PG&E to spend money lobbying. Last year the utility spent nearly $10 million to push its agenda with officials in Sacramento

This year, even in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings, PG&E still spent more than $1.3 million from July to September, more than twice as much as the utility spent in the prior six months.

That brought the total to $2.2 million for lobbying this year.

“We have asked again and again for PG&E to be treated more like other felons are,” said Mindy Spatt, who works for The Utility Reform Network. “This is a criminal corporation, and what’s more shocking here is that PG&E has been convicted of lying to the federal authorities. So we never understood why their lobbyists and their money are welcome in Sacramento.”

Governor Gavin Newsom has already suggested that perhaps the state should take over for PG&E.

“I’m very interested in seeing the state’s proposal,” Spatt said. “We don’t know the details yet.”

Spatt said removing PG&E shareholders from the equation would only be beneficial.

Reporting by Jim Taylor