This blog - and other news sources - took note of the strange fundraising event for Berkeley's School of Public Policy featuring the controversial former head of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey. Peevey is under investigation for "regulatory capture" by major utilities.
Now comes this word from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
University of California’s public policy school won’t be receiving
money raised in its name at a farewell soiree last month for former
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. Peevey also no longer serves on the advisory board for the Goldman School of Public Policy, spokesman Dan Mogulof said. Peevey
holds two economics degrees from the University of California,
Berkeley. He stepped down from the utilities commission in December amid
state and federal criminal investigations into backchannel
communications and favoritism between the commission and the companies
it’s supposed to oversee.A
$250-a-plate farewell dinner at San Francisco’s Julia Morgan ballroom
on Feb. 12 was criticized because lobbyists and others whose access to
Peevey is under scrutiny would be toasting him. Proceeds were to go to
the Goldman school, which was criticized in turn. On Monday, Mogulof said the school “is not going to receive a single penny from the event in question.” He declined to elaborate on that statement, or his statement that Peevey is no longer an adviser to the school...