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Your power bills are going up, and will continue to rise.

The people of Georgia are suffering the worst economic crisis in our state’s history thanks to the pandemic and record unemployment. Georgians deserve to know that our elected Public Service Commissioners have voted to raise our power bills, add new hidden fees and charges to our bills, and saddle us with Georgia Power’s COVID-19 costs. Our commissioners are supposed to be looking out for us, not for GA Power and other special interests. This project calls out secret corporate money in politics, the capture of regulators by those they are meant to regulate, lack of representation, and greed.

 

What is the Georgia Public Service Commission?

The Georgia Public Service Commission is five elected officials who are tasked with ensuring that consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced electric, natural gas, and telecommunications services. Some of their recent actions have been:

 

  • Allowing Georgia Power to add COVID-19 costs to your energy bills
  • Giving Georgia Power the “Ok” to resume shutting off power for people who are behind on their bills in the middle of an economic crisis
  • Voting to increase how much you pay for energy every month and adding new, hidden charges to your bill
  • Allowing Georgia Power to charge you for cleaning up their toxic coal ash waste
  • Overcharging you for an unnecessary nuclear plant that is making Georgia Power millions in profit

What are influence dollars?

Influence dollars are campaign donations and lobbyist gifts given to Public Service Commissioners from companies and people that may profit from the agency’s decisions. Commissioners should work hard to avoid the appearance of undue influence via campaign contributions. The more money a commissioner accepts from these special interests the harder it is for the people of Georgia to trust that they are serving their best interests.

 

Term Ending in 2022

Tim Echols

Public Service Commission District 2

72%

PERCENTAGE OF INFLUENCE DOLLARS
(Read more about Echols)

$373,683.61

TOTAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS RAISED
(Since Current Term Began in 2017)

270,470.00

TOTAL INFLUENCE DOLLARS
See Who Gave: Download the List

Fitz Johnson

Fitz Johnson

Public Service Commission District 3

90%

PERCENTAGE OF INFLUENCE DOLLARS
(Read more about Johnson)

$143,893.09

TOTAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS RAISED
(Since Appointment in June 2021)

$130,178.00

TOTAL INFLUENCE DOLLARS
See Who Gave: Download the List

Term Ending in 2024

Tricia Pridemore

Tricia Pridemore

Public Service Commission District 5

55%

PERCENTAGE OF INFLUENCE DOLLARS
(Read more about Pridemore)

$66,818.84

TOTAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS RAISED
(Since Current Term Began in 2019)

$39,045.26

TOTAL INFLUENCE DOLLARS
See Who Gave: Download the List

Term Ending in 2026

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald

Public Service Commission District 4

81%

PERCENTAGE OF INFLUENCE DOLLARS
(Read more about McDonald)

$498,737.47

TOTAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS RAISED
(Since 2014 Election)

$412,026.24

TOTAL INFLUENCE DOLLARS
See Who Gave: Download the List

Jason Shaw

Public Service Commission District 1

67%

PERCENTAGE OF INFLUENCE DOLLARS
(Read more about Shaw)

$563,034.87

TOTAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS RAISED
(Since 2019 Appointment)

$381,519.84/strong>

TOTAL INFLUENCE DOLLARS:
See Who Gave: Download List

Former Commissioners

Chuck Eaton

Chuck Eaton

Former Public Service Commission District 3

100%

PERCENTAGE OF INFLUENCE DOLLARS
(Read more about Eaton)

$7,750

TOTAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS RAISED
(Since Last Term Began in 2019)

$8,892

TOTAL INFLUENCE DOLLARS
See Who Gave: Download the List