Although it\u2019s not campaign season, the stream of political contributions from utilities and energy companies continues. The firm that contributed to the most state politicians who vote on energy matters as of the end of July was NRG Energy, according to the Secretary of State\u2019s latest online political contribution report. \t The solar industry also spread around funds to elected state officials. NRG gave $5,000 to Gov. Jerry Brown for his 2014 campaign for another term as governor. The firm contributed $1,200 to Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), chair of the Senate Energy Communications & Utilities Committee, who is running run for Secretary of State in 2014. Assemblymember Stephen Bradford (D-Inglewood), the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee chair, received $4,100 from NRG, according to the Secretary of State. NRG also gave $1,500 to Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who has been hammering Pacific Gas & Electric for the natural gas pipe explosion in Sept. 2010, in his district that killed eight people. NRG gave another $1,500 to Assemblymember Tony Cannella (R-Merced). Cannella is pushing a bill to allow Merced Irrigation District to meet the state\u2019s 33 percent renewable standard with hydropower from its Exchequer facility. NRG also gave $1,000 to Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno), who is seeking reelection next year. Perea also received $4,000 from Southern California Edison. The Fresno lawmaker and Edison are the focus of photovoltaic rooftop advocates ire because of Perea\u2019s AB 327. That legislation would add fixed charges to energy bills for residential solar projects\u2014an estimated $10\/month\u2014in PG&E, Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric territories. The Senate Appropriations Committee Aug. 26 voted 7-0 to put the bill in its \u201csuspense\u201d file because of its associated costs. The fate of legislation in this file depends on the outcome of the end-of-the season legislative deal-making. Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Long Beach), who is running in a special Senate election on Sept. 17, recently reaped $3,500 from Edison International, $2,500 from Sempra Energy, and $1,500 from PG&E. Mitchell pushed failed legislation to ban fracking for natural oil and gas. (Opponents of the bill to halt hydraulic fracturing in California reportedly contributed 31 times as much money over the past two years to those in the Assembly who voted against the measure as did those supporting the bill gave\u2014$516, 825 to $16, 478 (Current, June 20, 2013). \t Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) who\u2019s the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee vice chair, received $1,500 from PG&E and another $1,500 from PG&E Corp., Secretary of State filings show. Patterson, who is running for reelection next year, also received $1,500 each from Edison, Sempra, Calpine and Chevron. Bradford, the current chair of the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee, is running for Senate in 2016. He reaped $4,100 from Sempra, $2,500 from Edison, and $2,000 from Solar City. \t Others contributing to Bradford\u2019s campaign coffers include: * $4,100 from the California Energy Efficiency Industrial Council; * $2,000 from the Solar Energy Industry Association; * $2,500 from MidAmerican Energy Holdings; * $1,000 from the Independent Energy Producers; * $1,000 from BrightSource; and, * $1,000 from Recurrent Energy \t Other contributions to Padilla include: * $4,100 from the California Solar Energy Industry Association; * $2,000 from the Large Scale Solar Industry; * $1,500 from BrightSource; * $1,000 from PG&E Corp; and, * $1,000 from Solar City. Solar City, which promotes third party management of solar rooftop systems, also contributed $5,000 to Gov. Brown. That and NRG\u2019s $5,000 contribution were dwarfed by the $27,200 from Occidental Petroleum to the governor.