Is Nebraska Agency’s Review on Keystone XL Influenced by Campaign Donations?

Bloomberg reports that Nebraska’s Public Service Commission, “faulted over campaign donations from regulated companies may soon decide the fate of Keystone XL, its first review of an oil pipeline.”

“Its five elected members were criticized by a watchdog group for accepting campaign donations from companies. They now may become targets for Keystone supporters and foes counting on getting the panel to rule in their favor.”

“From 2000 to 2012, three quarters of all reported donations to incumbent Nebraska commissioners were from regulated companies or people connected to them, according to a report from the group.”

“Concern that donations influenced policy decisions emerged when the state Legislature considered banning regulated entities such as power companies from providing broadband Internet service in the state.”