Dialing for Dollars?
|The Arnoldwatch blog is reporting that AT&T gave the governor $25,000 only weeks before Susan Kennedy was paid $25,000 while she still chaired the PUC.|
Kennedy's last major vote at the PUC, which came about two weeks after getting paid by the Governor's campaign, was to push a toothless replacement of the strong Telecommunications Consumer Bill of Rights that she repealed early in her tenure at the PUC. By putting this meaningless regulation in place before leaving, Kennedy was protecting the telecommunications industry from the potential move toward consumer protection that has been proposed by Commissioner Dian M. Grueneich.
So where did that $25,000 that the Governor's Re-election Campaign paid Kennedy come from? None other than AT&T. According to Arnold's campaign report, on November 21st -- less than two weeks after it was reported that Kennedy was in line for a job with Arnold and two weeks before Arnold's campaign quietly paid Kennedy $25K -- AT&T gave the Gov two contributions. One for $12,300 and one for $12,700. Put 'em together and what have you got? Bibbity, Bobbity Bribe!