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Blog Post
4/8/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today a federal grand jury indicted Reliant Energy for manipulating the California energy market as far back as June 2000. Reliant at one point charged the state $1900 per megawatt-hour of electricity, or about 6300% above historic energy prices. Of course, Californians have known since the first set of rolling blackouts that the private energy...
Blog Post
2/17/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Arnold said that he would not accept campaign contributions from businesses that have contracts with the state, it was to ensure that contracts met the needs of the public interest not the special interest. And when he promised to "explore options for renegotiating or otherwise reducing the cost of the $43 billion of overpriced...
Blog Post
2/5/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Campaign reports filed late tonight show that Arnold has transferred another $1 million from his "Recovery Team" to the committee to pass his $15 billion bond measure. That makes a total of $2 million transferred into the bond committee in the last nine days. In the same nine days, over $2.5 million poured into the "Recovery Team,...
Blog Post
1/12/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In Arnold's Christmas stocking was a $10,000 gift from cell phone giant Cingular. This added to the quarter million in campaign contributions that the Guv has already received from the communications industry, including max-out contributions from other telecom powerhouses such as SBC and Nextel. Four days after receiving the Cingular contribution...
Blog Post
1/7/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Arnold announced that he plans to reform California's energy system during the State of the State last night he steered clear of the word "deregulation." The Gov knows that Californians have no taste for the failed energy deregulation scheme that Sacramento foisted upon the state in the 1990's. California consumers and businesses...
Blog Post
8/30/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
BAILOUT WATCH: Keeping an eye on the energy industry and the politicians Bailout Watch Carols - Aug 30, 2001 Christmas in August for Edison Read about the Bailout Watchdog's Capitol caroling excursion in BW #72 Stop the Bailout (to the tune of Deck the Halls) Stop the Bailout Bills of Folly Fa la la, la la la, la la la 'Tis the season for Energy...