With the Nov. 6 elections right around the corner, numerous energy industry companies have increasingly begun voting with their checkbooks and contributing to the re-election campaigns of state lawmakers sitting on California Senate and Assembly energy committees. Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Inglewood), chair of the state Assembly\u2019s Utilities & Commerce Committee, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland), and Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee member Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) have all received sizable donations from entities that have a stake in California\u2019s energy future. According to the latest data from the Secretary of State\u2019s office, which covers the period of July 1 to Oct. 8, one entity--the California State Association of Electrical Workers labor union--donated thousands of dollars to the three above-mentioned politicians, as well as to Assemblymember Wes Chesbro (D-North Coast). Chesbro\u2019s also facing re-election Nov. 6. The electrical workers union donated $7,800 each to the Bradford and Pavley campaigns on Oct. 1, $5,000 to Skinner\u2019s campaign effort on Oct. 1 and $5,000 to Chesbro\u2019s re-election effort on Oct. 8, according to state data. Skinner received a $7,800 donation from the political action committee of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Oct. 8, a $2,000 donation from Edison International on Aug. 15, and $1,500 from NextEra, also on Oct. 8. Donations of $1,000 were also made to the campaign by numerous companies involved in the renewable energy industry, including the California Wind Energy Association, SolarCity, Recurrent Energy, and Iberdrola Renewables, the U.S. division of a Spanish private multinational electric utility company. Of the $426,000 Skinner\u2019s campaign has raised during the calendar year, about $204,300 of it was just in the most recent reporting period that began July 1, according to Secretary of State data. Among other big campaign donors during the three-month reporting period was the political action committee for California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, which gave $3,900 to Pavley\u2019s campaign on Sept. 21. The CEEIC had previously donated $3,900 toward Skinner\u2019s re-election on May 15. Pavley also received donations from Justin Rathke, a vice president with Capstone Turbines, a Los Angeles-based producer of low-emission microturbine systems; and Gary Gero, president of the Climate Action Reserve carbon offset registry. During the reporting period, Pavley received a total of about $830,600 in contributions and has so far raised $1.2 million during the calendar year, according to the Secretary of State. Rathke donated $3,900 to Pavley\u2019s campaign on Sept. 30, while Gero contributed $3,400 on Sept. 8, according to Secretary of State records. Besides the $5,000 donation from the electrical workers association, Chesbro received just one other contribution from an energy related organization during the specified time period, $1,200 from the California Water Association. That organization represents the interests of about 130 California Public Utilities Commission-regulated investor-owned utilities some of which produce hydroelectricity. Chesbro raised $56,900 during the three-month reporting period, and a total of almost $157,000 during the calendar year. Bradford, in addition to the $7,800 electrical workers union contribution, received donations of $3,900 from Chevron on Sept. 17; $3,000 from Noble Americas Energy Solutions, a San Diego-based retail energy marketer, on Sept. 18; and $2,500 from NRG on Sept. 19. Nebraska-based power producer Tenaska Energy, Calpine, and the California Wind Energy Association also all chipped in $1,000 apiece. The Tenaska donation was on Sept. 7, while the others were both made Aug. 30. Almost $290,000 has been raised by the Bradford for Assembly 2012 campaign since the beginning of the calendar year, according to state data, with $98,700 of that amount having been raised since the beginning of July. Another politician up for re-election, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), also picked up a number of contributions from energy-related companies between July 1 and early October. That includes funds from the Large-Scale Solar Association, Occidental Oil & Gas, and Chevron, which each donated $3,900 on Sept. 24, Aug. 23, and Aug. 20, respectively. Other donors to the Pérez campaign included the Solar Energy Industries Association, which gave $3,000 on Aug. 13; NRG Energy, which on Sept. 19 gave $2,500; and San Mateo-based clean energy services companies SolarCity and Recurrent Energy, which each donated $2,000. And in addition to a $2,328 donation received from Southern California Edison on Aug. 24, Pérez\u2019s campaign also was given $1,000 each by BrightSource and SunPower on Aug. 20 and Aug. 14, respectively. His campaign has pulled in $1.1 million so far during the calendar year, including over $424,700 since July 1, according to state figures.