“The San Francisco company dished out more money from April through June than it spent to influence state leaders in all of 2017, according to state filings. Southern California Edison also reported spending $900,000 and Sempra Energy disclosed $502,000 in lobbying payments during the quarter.
The lobbying surges took place as the utility companies urged Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators to rethink how the state pays for damages from massive wildfires. For the year, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has spent $2.2 million.
PG&E said it specifically spent $1.1 million on advocacy related to wildfire proposals in the Legislature in a note added to its state filing. The company said lobbying costs are paid “with shareholders funds, not customer dollars.””
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