Dec. 21 - New report links actions by Sen. Phil Gramm, wife Wendy Gramm and Bush officials to Enron fiasco, California crisis

The legislation reducing government oversight of energy trading was muscled through Congress?- without a Senate committee hearing with the aid of U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas. Gramm was chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction over the legislation he co-sponsored, but he chose to bypass his committee, and the bill was quietly tacked onto a "must-pass" appropriations bill late in the session. Gramm s wife, Wendy Gramm, also aided Enron s rise to power. As chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, she pushed through a key regulatory exemption on Jan. 14, 1993, just as she was about to leave office. Five weeks later, she joined Enron s board of directors, where she served on the board s audit committee and had access to key financial information about the company.

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To read the report, Blind Faith: How Deregulation and Enron's Influence Over Government Looted Billions from Americans, click here.