State Senator Under Scrutiny

A state senator who pushed a bill to require North Carolina utilities to employ renewable fuel and efficiency measures is now under scrutiny.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Mecklenburg County
Senator Dan Clodfelter is a major beneficiary of campaign
contributions from the companies affected by the bill and owns
stock in one.

The newspaper reports that Clodfelter and his wife own more than
$10,000 worth of stock in Duke Energy. The Journal
also cites state records that say he's received at least
$41,000 in campaign contributions from Duke Energy and
Progress Energy since he was first elected in 1998.

Clodfelter's ties have raised eyebrows among opponents of the
bill who say the measure's intent has been undermined by a section
to help finance new power plants.

Clodfelter denies any undue influence from power companies,
saying his campaign contributors include environmental groups.