Watchdog: Consumers Energy spends millions in dark money to defeat legislators, limit competition

Jun 12, 2018

Reporters and activists have been piecing together information on a couple of political organizations funded by Consumer's Energy. Those organizations have been targeting politicians who support opening up the energy market in Michigan. 

Matt Kasper, the research director at the Energy & Policy Institute, a watchdog group tracking big utility companies, joined Stateside to talk about what kind of political maneuvering his group has observed.

Listen above to hear where this money is coming from, what it's being used for, and why we should be paying attention.

Consumers Energy spokesman Brian Wheeler sent this statement in response to the revelations about their political spending. 

Consumers Energy stands for the people of Michigan. As a good corporate citizen, we are engaged in the political process, welcome constructive dialogue and support pragmatic policies that are focused on safe, reliable, and affordable energy for Michigan, and we support organizations that provide education and advocacy related to such policies. Our contributions to Citizens for Energizing Michigan’s Economy came from the company in the form of non-customer, shareholder dollars.

*Clarification: We have changed the headline to reflect that the characterization of Consumers Energy's political contributions were those of the watchdog group, Energy & Policy Institute. 

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