Gov.’s Race Draws Big Spenders

By Published On: October 27, 2006

The Republican candidate for governor is drawing utility and fossil-fuel company money, while the Democratic candidate subsists on union funds and few energy-related sources. Below are some of the candidates’ main energy-related sources as reported by the California secretary of state up to October 25, 2006. For Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, contributions fall into two categories: money given for his gubernatorial campaign and money donated to his California Recovery Team committee for the 2005 special election. Some of that money subsequently went to his gubernatorial campaign and to the state Republican Party. This list may not be complete. Pacific Gas & Electric supplied $44,600 to Schwarzenegger’s reelection campaign. Edison International contributed $30,000. Sempra’s name did not show up on either candidate’s campaign list. Schwarzenegger garnered several contributions from big oil, including $50,000 from Shell, $44,600 from Chevron, $22,500 from ConocoPhillips, and $10,000 from the California Independent Oil Marketers Association. Liquefied natural gas backer T. Boone Pickens gave $22,300 to the reelection campaign. Pickens and his LNG company Clean Energy together donated $600,000 to the governor’s California Recovery Team. Democratic challenger Phil Angelides swept up a lot of funds from unions, including $165,000 from various parts of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The only power plant owner listed on the Angelides side is GWF Power, contributing $32,300. The public relations firm of Townsend Raimundo Besler & Usher, as well as individual contributions from Jeffrey Raimundo, totaled $32,500. That firm represents PG&E in its attempt to fend off the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s move to annex PG&E territory. – W.J. K. & J.A. S.

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