Americans for Affordable Electricity

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

Americans for Affordable Electricity (AAE) was formed in 1997 and campaigned for deregulation of the electricity market in the U.S.


In a April 2000 article for OpenSecrets Money in Politics Holley Bailey reported that AAE "has spent more than $1 million on issue advertising over the last two years, boasts more than 100 members, including retailers, computer companies, automakers, beer brewers, utility companies and trade associations." Major members included Enron, Anheuser-Busch, the National Restaurant Association and General Motors.[1]

In addition AAE members "accounted for nearly $12 million in soft money, PAC and individual contributions in 1999, more than 76 percent to Republicans," Bailey reported.[1]


Its chairman and lobbyist was former New York Republican Representative Bill Paxon.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Holly Bailey, "Power Play: Americans for Affordable Electricity and Deregulation", Money in Politics, April 10, 2000.

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