Westar Energy Bribery Scandal
NEW: Public Citizen Asks Department of Justice to investigate possible bribery of members of Congress, including Tom DeLay, by Westar executives and lobbyists (12/28/04)
- (7/1/03) Public Citizen Seeks Full Disclosure of All Internal Communications Involving Westar Influence-Peddling Scandal
- (6/19/03) U.S. House Members Should Return Ill-Gotten Contributions From Westar
- Public Citizen writes to Department of Justice, urging investigation of Tom DeLay's involvement in possibly bribery by Westar Energy executives and lobbyists
- Public Citizen Sends Second Letter to Westar's Board of Directors Seeking the Release of More Internal Communications Relating to the Bribery Scandal
- Public Citizen files a complaint with the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division.
- Public Citizen files a complaint with the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
- Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and John Dingell (D-MI) letter to SEC expressing concern about exemptions from the Investment Company Act (Jan. 30, 2002)
- SEC Response to letter from Reps. Markey & Dingell regarding exemptions from the Investment Company Act (Feb. 13, 2002)
- Testimony of SEC Commissioner Hunt regarding detrimental impact of exemptions from Investment Company Act. See footnote 6, page 8 (of 9) (Dec. 13, 2001)
- SEC Commissioner Hunt testifies again regarding detrimental impact of exemptions from Investment Company Act. See footnote 7, page 9 (of 15). Also, Barton states during the hearing that his broad exemption for holding companies from the Investment Company Act "was put in for a company or companies in the midwest," suggesting that it was for Westar (Feb. 13, 2002).
- Rep. Markey's motion to strike Westar exemption (Sept. 19, 2002)
- Letter from Rep. Ed Markey describing his unsuccessful efforts to remove the Westar exemption on September 19, 2002
- Westar delivers $25,000 to Rep. Tom DeLay's Texans for Republican Majority PAC in May 2002 after Westar executive Doug Lawrence mentions the contribution in internal memos
- House energy conference committee transcript of debate on Rep. Ed Markey's attempt to remove Westar's special exemption. September 19, 2002