Category: Regulatory Capture

Entergy confirms actors were paid to support New Orleans power plant

Entergy Leaves Questions Unanswered in Paid Actor Scandal

Entergy continues to receive significant scrutiny due to its use of paid actors to feign public support in New Orleans City Council hearings for a proposed natural gas plant, which...

/ December 7, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin

Arizona Commissioner Andy Tobin texted APS lobbyists frequently, including about open rate case

Tobin asked APS lobbyist whether they had a “public information strategy planned” to combat negative media coverage of a rate increase request while the case was still pending

/ October 29, 2018

Questionable Campaign Contributions Tick Back Up for Eaton as Election Nears

UPDATE (11/5/18) – Campaigns were required to file their final campaign finance reports before the election by November 1st, for contributions received through October 25th. The filings provided yet another...

/ October 25, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson

Arizona Commissioner Justin Olson answered questions about Arizona’s energy policy by copying parts of an APS memo verbatim, emails show

Emails show that Olson forwarded a Wall Street analyst's questions to an APS lobbyist, then read from APS' answers verbatim.

/ October 18, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson

Transcript: Conference Call between Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson and Credit Suisse Analyst (May 18, 2018)

Transcript: Conference Call between Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson and Credit Suisse Analyst (May 18, 2018) Olson: …my background, with my MBA in finance, my experience in the private sector...

/ October 18, 2018

Arizona Utility commissioner gave keynote to natural gas lobbyists at private steakhouse meeting

Arizona utility commissioners Andy Tobin and Tom Forese attended and spoke at a private conference of lobbyists for pipeline development, according to a conference agenda

/ December 21, 2017

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin Caught With Hand in Cookie Jar

Republican Commissioner Andy Tobin has been caught soliciting donations for a side job that he would do alongside his work at the ACC. Tobin’s solicitation calls into serious question whether...

/ November 4, 2016

Groups Ask Indiana Supreme Court to Reconsider Legislative Public Records Case

Last month, in a 4 – 1 ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court agreed that APRA does apply to the General Assembly, but the Court still did not require disclosure of...

/ May 19, 2016

Indiana Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Secrecy

Indiana Supreme Court ruled that the legislature is governed by the Access to Public Records Act but declined to force lawmakers to follow it - allowing communication between lobbyists and...

/ May 4, 2016

Public Interest Groups Call on Executive Nominations Committee to Reject Michael Richard’s Appointment Over Communications between Michael Richard and Governor Hogan’s Office

The emails demonstrate that in just the first month of his appointment, Michael Richard, coordinated with his previous office on matters both confidential and restricted.

/ March 25, 2016