The new Challenge disputes revenue collected from all PJM electric ratepayers in the amount of $2,437,540.94. If you're one of the PATH victims, not only does this represent money out of your pocket, but it is a documented history of PATH's activities that directly affected you in 2010. The Challenge details PATH's activities running "reliable power coalition" front groups, their PEAT "team" who told the media that they had "the real facts" about the project (insinuating that you didn't), PATH's memberships in various Chambers of Commerce and lobbying groups, including their antics with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce that culminated in the Chamber petitioning to intervene out of time in the Maryland PSC case to support PATH's application. There's also more about what Access Point Public Affairs was up to in Loudoun County, Virginia, attempting to influence the Board of Supervisors to release the conservation easement by playing neighbor against neighbor. And more NWTF -- the National Wild Turkey Federation -- a favorite of people last year due to its rather unfortunate acronym. New this year are the expenses of PATH lobbyist Larry Puccio, former Chief of Staff of our "friend" Joe Manchin. Puccio is the one who signed up as a lobbyist a week after leaving his job at the Governor's office, which triggered a new state law about waiting periods for lobbyists coming out of state government jobs. Puccio also got a mention in the federal investigation going on last year about road contracts and shady deals in WV. Finally, our friend Larry is also the Chairman of the WV Democratic Party. That's convenient, isn't it? Another new section deals with R.L. Repass & Partners -- the ones responsible for those phone surveys and focus groups in Jefferson County last year. I know lots of you got the phone calls (and some actually attended the focus group) so if you're remotely curious about how much that cost you, it's all in the Challenge.
The Challenge also includes a section about PATH's advertising in 2010 and details how Charles Ryan Associates utilized recognized propaganda techniques, and NOT "education," in PATH's advertising. If you saw or heard those commercials and print or internet ads and felt your skin crawling but weren't exactly sure why, you'll probably find this pretty interesting.
We'll have much more about this after the holidays, but for now, happy holidays and happy reading!
PATH 2010 ATRR Formal Challenge
PATH 2010 ATRR Formal Challenge Exhibits (big file of Exhibits used in the Challenge)