Ameren Donation Controversy

9 years 5 months 4 weeks ago March 28, 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:36:15 PM CDT in News

Ameren wants to raise its rates in Missouri, but has to get state approval.

One man says he has important information for the public service commission, but he hasn't been allowed to testify.

Governor Blunt's chief of staff Ed Martin says he's been trying to testify for a week.

Martin says Ameren and Attorney General Jay Nixon are keeping him from testifying.

Martin says Nixon coerced Ameren into donating money to Nixon's campaign.

Nixon is also the legal counsel for the state in the rate increase case.

Martin says the donation creates a conflict of interest that the public needs to know about.

Attorney General Jay Nixon would not go on camera but his office released a statement saying "It is both sad and disconcerting that the governor continues to politicize the Ameren rate case and the Taum Sauk issue. The governor asked the attorney general's office to represent the state of Missouri in this rate case, and we have been doing so vigorously and effectively"

"Law enforcement cannot take money or gifts from suspects or investigative targets," said Ed Martin Governor's chief of staff. "Everyone knows it is wrong for a police officer or deputy to take money at a traffic stop. After all, we all know that the prosecutor in a case cannot ask the target of the investigation for money."

Nixon's statement also said "By interfering in the rate case as we near the conclusion, the governor is once again putting his political ambitions ahead of doing what is right for Missouri."

Martin's accusations are based on a conversation he had with the general counsel for Ameren, Steve Sullivan.

Sullivan denies Martin's claims and says Ameren was never coerced by the Attorney General's office.

Martin says he will continue trying to testify before the public service commission.

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