Eric Skrmetta In the News

Eric Skrmetta In the News

 

Skrmetta’s commissionership has been marred by accountability issues, a lack of transparency and grave ethical breaches bordering on graft. Since 2009, he has raised $401,000 in campaign financing; of that, $311,000 were contributions from the industries he regulates, or their affiliates. The New Orleans Times-Picayune did some excellent reporting on a number of conflicts of interest created by the current PSC’s reliance on utilities for funding.”

“Skrmetta’s voting record displays a clear preference for the established energy utilities. His is an unsettling case of regulatory capture in our public utility commission system…”

 

The Most Important Race You’ve Never Heard Of

the Huffington Post

Brian Henderson

November 3, 2014

 

 

“Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta, a Republican from Metairie, is up for re-election after his first six-year term representing most of suburban New Orleans and the Northshore. He’s established himself as the driving conservative force on the commission, a leader in a multi-state energy transmission group and a favorite of utility companies, which shower his campaign with hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

 

Future of Solar Power May Hinge On November Election

WWL-TV News

David Hammer

October 24, 2014

 

 

“…its members have a shameful history of cozying up to the utilities they regulate. The incumbent, Eric Skrmetta, is a classic example of that. Skrmetta, a wealthy attorney, has accepted more than $300,000 in campaign contributions from utilities and their affiliated interests…”

 

Gambit’s Endorsement for the Nov. 4th Election

Gambit Weekly

Editorial

October 17, 2014

 

 

“If the chairman of the PSC is leaning on an industry for political support in the performance of his official duties, maybe the state inspector-general’s office or other agencies ought to take a look at how business is being done at the PSC.”

 

Our Views: Questions at the PSC

The Advocate

Editorial Board

September 1, 2014

 

 

“Chair Eric Skrmetta has become entangled in controversy after an email from a Baton Rouge lobbyist surfaced on Tuesday describing his expectation of re-election support from the solar industry in exchange for favorable new net metering rules.”

“…on Tuesday an email written by Andrew B. Ezell, a Baton Rouge lawyer representing the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association, frames the proposal as an offer from Skrmetta in exchange for campaign support from the solar industry… The report says Ezell’s email describes Skrmetta’s expectation that the solar industry ‘privately and publicly support his re-election’ in exchange for the policy.”

 

 

Email Controversy Ensnares Public Service Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta, Solar Proposal

The Times-Picayune

Jennifer Larino

August 5, 2014

 

 

“Campbell has been critical of Skrmetta’s stance on the issue before, calling into question his impartiality after the chairman allowed City Tele-Coin President Jerry Juneau to host a fundraiser on his behalf.”

 

Lively Utilities Meeting Held On Net Metering, Prison Telephone Issues

The Times-Picayune

Lauren McGaughy

April 4, 2014

 

 

“…the utilities and carriers themselves play a huge role in getting commissioners elected. …Jerry Juneau and his wife donated a total of $10,000 to Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta’s campaign. …At the same time Skrmetta took Juneau’s money, and used his office to raise even more campaign funds, City Tele Coin had started settlement negotiations with PSC staff for violating a ban on fees added to customer bills without the commission’s approval.”

 

“When we ask Skrmetta why Louisiana doesn’t have a similar limitation on the books, he says, ‘If corruption is going to take place, you cannot stop it.’”

 

Lee Zurik Investigation: Are Utilities the Real Power Behind the PSC?

Fox 8

Lee Zurik

November 14, 2013

 

 

“Skrmetta, who took over the chairmanship from Campbell this year, also had the highest dollar amount from industry, receiving more than $311,000 of the $401,000 he has taken since 2009 from regulated utilities and their affiliated interests.”

 

Louisiana Purchased: Louisiana Utility Regulators Got Two-Thirds of Their Campaign Cash From Industries They Oversee

The Times-Picayune

Lauren McGaughy

November 14, 2013

 

 

“A high-priced fundraiser for recently elected Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta is within the letter of the law, but consumer advocacy groups decry these activities as ‘pay-to-play politics,’ which eventually affect ratepayers.”

 

AT&T Boss Hosts Soiree to Benefit PSC Member

New Orleans City Business

Jaime Guillet

February 9, 2009

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