Joe Richardson, Published October 31 2010
Nothing noble about CramerAn article in the Oct. 26 Jamestown Sun quoted PSC Commissioner Kevin Cramer as saying that donations (thousands of dollars in contributions) to his campaign by entities the Public Service Commission regulates is “noble activism by a corporate citizen.” We can, therefore, assume that it is likewise noble of the commissioner to accept such donations from those who have cases or permit applications before the commission.
OK, perhaps it would be a tad less “noble” if they clipped checks to the permit applications? There is something to be said about the value of subtlety. The appearance of bribes versus the nobility of campaign contributions can be awfully hard to distinguish.
No candidate for a seat on the Public Service Commission should ever knowingly accept a donation from someone with an obvious interest in a case or future case or permit application before the commission. Commissioner Cramer, it is not noble to accept donations from those you regulate. It smells. Calling it “noble” insults our intelligence.