PG&E's $200,000 payment to Willie Brown?


Is PG&E making payments to Willie Brown while he is writing a featured political column for the Chronicle/Hearst?

By Bruce B. Brugmann

Earlier today, I sent the following questions to Hearst Corporate in New York, which owns the San Francisco Chronicle. I sent copies to
its Chronicle management and staff. Read my blog below for context, details, and my take on the difference between a real progressive and a PG&E progressive. I'll keep you posted.

"PG&E has disclosed a $200,000 payment to Willie Brown for
'consulting services' for 2007 in its annual report to the California Public Utilities Commission. Now that Willie is doing a featured top-of-the-page political column each Sunday in the Chronicle, I'm curious if he is doing a Chronicle column while still providing 'consulting services' for PG&E?

"If so, d oes Hearst have an ethics policy that covers this apparent conflict? Would it at minimum require disclosure of PG&E payments to Willie in this year and previous years and what was the nature of these 'consulting services?' I would appreciate a comment. Thanks very much. B3

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