Senators debate CWIP bill
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Senators debate CWIP bill

Date: April 7, 2009
By: Elizabeth Billingsley
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Charges of outside financial interests were raised in the Missouri Senate over the AmerenUE plan for a new nuclear plant. Use wire copy for the intro   RunTime:0:39
OutCue: SOC

During Senate debate over financing options for a new nuclear power plant, Republican Senators Kurt Schaefer of Columbia and Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau accused each other of undue political influence.

According to Schaefer, when Columbians called in response to flyers sent by a company opposing the utility's rate proposal, the calls were answered by "Crowell for Senate." 

 

Actuality:  KSJC2.WAV
Run Time: 00:07
Description: "Robocalls generated out of your campaign office with patently false information on this issue have nothing to do with you? Have nothing to do with Noranda?"

"Not mine."

"Not mine."

"Not mine."


Crowell responded, saying that Schaefer was doing the bidding of AmerenUE. 

Both Senators denied the allegations.

From the State Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.

 


Intro:Two GOP senators traded accusations of being pawns of special interests during the Senate debate over a rate change for a nuclear power plant. Check the wire for an update on what happened with the bill late Tuesday night. RunTime:0:48
OutCue: SOC

During debate over a rate increase plan to let AmerenUE build a second nuclear power plant, two Republican Senators accused each other of being the pawns of competing lobbyists.

Kurt Schaefer said that Jason Crowell's campaign office generated calls with false information from Noranda Aluminum.

Noranda is one of AmerenUE's biggest custormers and is opposed to the AmerenUE's rate change proposal.

 

Actuality:  SENACC.WAV
Run Time: 00:15

Description: "And you're telling me they can pay $90,000 to the former Speaker of the House, Rod Jetton, to run patently false robocalls and mailings."

"How much is AmerenUE paying its lobbyists?"

"I have no idea, Senator, because I'm not part of that."

"I'm not either."

"But those calls went to your campaign office."

 
Crowell accused Schaefer of doing AmerenUE's bidding.
 
Both Senators denied the accusations.
 
From the State Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.