San Antonio public's public utility gave $5,000 of customer money to the Texas Republican Party, Brian Collister with News 4 WOAI reports. Because of that story, CPS Energy requested and received a refund.
“I certainly don't want my money going to any political party, especially in light of what my electric bill is,” Bob Martin, president of the Homeowner Taxpayer Association of Bexar County, told Collister.
From the story:
“There's no question that the expenditure is completely out of line,” San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said. “That is not the way ratepayers’ money should be spent. That was the first time in the history of CPS Energy that anything like that has happened, in terms of a political contribution. And it will be the last time.”
When News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister sat down with CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby, it was obvious he was embarrassed about the donation since he was brought in by Mayor Castro and the CPS board to improve transparency at the city owned utility.
“We had vetted the issue before internally, just in our Government Affairs Department, and it was deemed to be legal and proper,” Doyle Beneby explained. “I think our mistake was we didn't vet it with our legal group. And for that I have full accountability and responsibility.”
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Photo of CPS Energy worker repairing a meter box by flickr user Photography JW, used via a Creative Commons license.