The week also brought news that Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers was holding a fundraiser for House Speaker Thom Tillis. Rogers is a supporter of President Obama and was the co-chair of the Democratic convention in Charlotte this year.
Tillis is Republican who disagrees with Obama on virtually everything and wants the Affordable Care Act repealed. Rogers supports and contributes to them both.
It’s clearly not about ideology with the power company CEO. It’s about access to political leaders who make decisions about regulations and tax policy that directly affect his company’s bottom line. He has now guaranteed himself special access to the president and the man in charge of the state House.