Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating former CPUC president Michael Peevey – so far CPUC has spent $5 million (of our money!) on attorneys

28 Jul

According to the Sacramento Bee, “Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office is investigating former President Michael Peevey, and perhaps other current and former commission employees, and the CPUC is paying an outside law firm, Sheppard Mullin, to represent it.”

The Bee also says “The commission entered into the contract [with Sheppard Mullin] in November 2014, claiming it was for $49,000 [as stated in the above linked story]; the contract since has ballooned to $5 million-plus.”

Former CPUC president Michael Peevey, who stepped down amid a scandal involving his inappropriate relationship with PG&E, will pay his own attorneys – I’m sure he has plenty of dough! “…internal PG&E emails show Peevey sought a $1 million PG&E donation to combat a ballot measure in 2010, while the commission considered issues related to PG&E, including the 2010 gas line explosion that killed 38 people in San Bruno.

Southern California Edison disclosed that Peevey asked Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to donate $25 million to fund a center at UCLA, as the commission was deciding how to apportion the $4.8 billion in costs of shutting the San Onofre nuclear power plant.”

These people are so shameless.

The Bee asks, “But why does a public agency with nothing to hide need a team of criminal defense lawyers to represent it against another public agency that is seeking to determine whether there has been wrongdoing? What sort of precedent does this set?”

This precedent will become the way it is as long as the public fails to act.

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