Consumer Watchdog Advocacy Group Files Complaint Seeking Ethics Review of California Governor’s Chief of Staff
Consumer Watchdog Advocacy Group Files Complaint Seeking Ethics Review of Califo

California Governor, Jerry Brown has tried to ignore the scent of corruption that has been brewing for many months but now it is troubling his administration.

Serious allegations of conflict-of-interest directly reached into his office concerning Nancy McFadden, his chief of staff who was a top Sacramento official for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. official for many years prior to rejoining Brown and in 2011 taking $1.04 million golden handshake. She had worked for Brown in the 1970s. The payment she received is documented in SEC filings and is essentially a bonus.

It surfaces that McFadden not only took the money from PG&E but disclosure forms reveal that she owned PG&E stock and many lucrative stock options which is approximately worth $100,000 during her early months after joining Brown.

During that time McFadden was supposedly played a major role in the appointment process of new members to the state Public Utilities Commission that controls California utilities along with PG&E.

The questions raised now seek whether her golden handshake with PG&E was really a prepayment for future services. Consumer Watchdog advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission under the Political Reform Act.