Why are campaign contributions a big deal in an office such as Railroad Commissioner? The Chronicle notes that such donations raise questions about whether or not the commission protects the public interest or is protecting the interests of the energy industry.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.