Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, CA
$17,129,840 to winners, $47,045,613 to losers
Pacific Gas and Electric is one of the largest natural gas and electric companies in the country and is an active participant in California politics. Anthony Earley serves as chairman, president and CEO of parent company PG&E Corp. The company, founded in 1905, has opposed measures that proposed environmental restrictions on energy companies and those that would have increased competition. In 2010, PG&E spent more than $46 million in support of Proposition 16, which would have required local governments to obtain a two-thirds majority vote before creating local utilities. The measure was defeated.
Total contributions: $66,897,713
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Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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