Select Page

 For a transaction of this size to occur on the VERY SAME DAY is unusual even for a commissioner who opposed the ban on fundraisers within 72-hours of LPSC meetings.

According to Skrmetta’s campaign finance disclosures, thirty-five Stone Pigman attorneys wrote Skrmetta’s campaign checks for between $100 and $750 while the law firm itself kicked in another $5,000. Subsequently, according to the minutes of the July 7, 2014 meeting of the Public Service Commission, Skrmetta made the motion to approve another $220,000.000 in consultant fees and expenses for Stone Pigman for its defense of the LPSC against a lawsuit filed by the Occidental Chemical Corporation. “Eric Skrmetta’s appetite for campaign cash from regulated industries and those, like Stone Pigman, who do business before the commission is legendary,” Forest Wright, candidate for the Louisiana Public Service Commission said. “And his distaste for ethical restrictions on his ability to raise these funds is equally well known. And yet, to see him raise this much money from Stone Pigman and turn around and hand them a fat new contract on the same day, is shocking, even for him.

continue here…