On the Records

At Blackout Hearing, Big Political Donors Questioned

Senators Leticia Van de Putte (l), Kirk Watson (c) and John Whitmire (r) listen to David Campbell of Luminant at a public hearing on power outages on February 15, 2011.
Senators Leticia Van de Putte (l), Kirk Watson (c) and John Whitmire (r) listen to David Campbell of Luminant at a public hearing on power outages on February 15, 2011.

The big power companies in Texas on the hot seat during a Senate hearing about this month's rolling blackouts have donated more than $400,000 since 2000 to members of the two committees asking questions. The donations are part of nearly $4 million in campaign money the companies and their employees have spent on political candidates during that time.

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