Ed Bedford 11 a.m., March 12
Sempra's Federal, State Relationships in the Spotlight
David Hayes, President Obama's nominee to be deputy interior secretary, hasn't lobbied the department in more than two years, as required, but filings reveal he has continued to represent companies with business before the department, according to Politico.com. Hayes was last registered to lobby in late 2006. He represented Sempra's San Diego Gas & Electric before the Interior Department and Congress on transmission line issues. SDG&E and Sempra paid Hayes's law firm $220,000 for the lobbying. After that, Hayes continued representing SDG&E and Sempra as a lawyer, according to the publication. There is also controversy in Sacramento. Carrie Lopez, director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, charged the state for transportation from Sacramento to Los Angeles. She was taking her daughter to a Justin Timberlake concert, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sempra paid for the concert tickets. Lopez says she has reimbursed the state and Sempra.