BBG Communications headquarters in Otay Mesa
Photo by Alan Decker
Wisconsin media, along with the state's Democratic Party, are hammering United States senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, for taking $5400 from Otay Mesa's BBG Communictions, which charges service members as much as $55 for a one-minute call from European phones.
Senator Ron Johnson
In 2011, a lawsuit was filed against BBG for charging outrageous fees when members of the U.S. military used BBG's overseas pay phones. The next year, in a decision that raise some eyebrows, federal judge Anthony J. Battaglia threw out the case, saying the plaintiffs should have sued Swiss-based BBG Global, which the San Diego company insisted was a separate company, despite much evidence to the contrary.
BBG is owned by Gregorio and Rafael Galicot. Gregorio Galicot, president of the company, made the donation to Johnson. I contacted Sen. Johnson's office on September 8. It has never given me information about the donation.