Tuesday, March 17, 2015

No Dough Dinner

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:

The 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...

Although no explanation was offered, it appears that many who learned of this event were, well, peeved. In the end, there was no dough from this dinner and no place to go but the exit:

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