Power Surge

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan last week asked Gov. Blagojevich to call a special session to address the consequences of last month's power auction and the threat of large increases in residential electricity costs. ICPR most recently addressed political giving by electric companies about a year ago in our issue briefing, Power Markets.

In light of Speaker Madigan's announcement, here are updated giving figures for the legislative leaders and gubernatorial candidates, along with their top industry donor, for the period January 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006:

Gubernatorial Candidates:

Gov. Blagojevich: $66,775, including $25,775 from Exelon and subsidiaries
Treas. Topinka: $126,500, including $110,000 from Indeck Energy Services
Rich Whitney: None reported

Legislative Leaders:

Senate President Emil Jones: $162,455, including $93,855 from Exelon and subsidiaries
House Speaker Michael J. Madigan: $85,600, including $28,000 each from Exelon and subsidiaries, and Dynegy
Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson: $127,210, including $52,000 from Exelon and subsidiaries
House Republican Leader Tom Cross: $113,000, including $47,500 from Exelon and subsidiaries