PG&E grantees: Revealed

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By popular demand, here's some highlights from PG&E's 2007 charitable giving. If you want to see the complete list, look at pages 58-90 of this PDF. That document also includes the dues they pay to belong to certain organizations which tend to have certain sway with certain politicians and voting blocks. Example: a whopping $325,000 to belong to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Who shows up at the first public hearing on the Clean Energy Act, to argue -- with PG&E talking points -- against putting it on the ballot? The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

PG&E also paid $90,000 to the Committee on Jobs, $92,500 to the Bay Area Council (on top of the $40,000 gift they also gave the group -- which has also shilled for them at public meetings), and $26,500 for BOMA

There are some other interesting grants to note. For example, Slide Ranch got $5,000. Who's on the board of Slide Ranch? Francesca Vietor, who's up for possible appointment to the SF Public Utilities Commission.

Most of the grants are pennies to PG&E, but a couple nudge up into significant chunks of change. Over a million each went to the Foundation for Environmental Education and the National Energy Education Development Project.

See some other familiar faces, after the jump:

Association of Bay Area Governments, $15,000
Audubon California, $40,000
Board of Glide Foundation, $15,000
Bay Area Council, $40,000
CA Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, $110,000
CA Association of Nonprofits, $60,000
CA Climate Action Registry, $25,000
CA Energy Commission, $2,500
CA Foundation on Environment and Economy, $45,000
CA League of Conservation Voters, $25,000
CA Newspaper and Publishers Association, $8,000
Chinese American Voter Education Committee, $10,000
Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund, $10,000
City College of SF, $35,000
Clean Air Watch, $20,000
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, $50,000
Earth Island Institute, $5,000
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, $10,000
Equality California Institute, $10,000
Foundation for Environmental Education, $1,195,000
Foundation of the State Bar of CA, $200,000
Friends of the Urban Forest, $5,000
Full Circle Fund, $10,000
Gays & Lesbian Leadership Institute, $35,000
Glide Church, $10,500
Go Green Initiative, $10,000
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, $25,000
KQED, $8,000
Latino Issues Forum, $1,000
League of CA Cities, $80,000
Marin Municipal Water District, $5,000
Neighborhood Parks Council, $20,000
Pacific News Service, $25,000
Public Policy Institute of CA, $35,000
UC Regents, $65,500
Rocky Mountain Institute, $50,000
SF Chamber of Commerce Foundation, $25,500
SF Connect, $30,000
SF Chapter of APRI, $75,000
SPUR, $50,000
Save San Francisco Bay, $40,000
Slide Ranch, $5,000
Solar Electric Power Association, $10,000
Greenlining Institute, $200,000
John Burton Foundation for Children, $25,000
Tides Center, $25,000
Trust for Public Land, $50,000

Comments

Because PG&E cares.

Posted by expatriate on Aug. 10, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

Also note that Amanda uncovered at least one error in PG&E's listing, which was apparently filed with the state CPUC. See http://www.sfbg.com/blogs/politics/2008/08/who_is_and_isnt_taking_cash_fr.html

Joshua Arce, Executive Director
Brightline Defense Project

Posted by Joshua Arce on Aug. 10, 2008 @ 4:44 pm