Claims say Entergy recruited charities to speak on their behalf

Don Ames
January 12, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Environmental groups are taking Entergy New Orleans to task.

Those filing a complaint with the Treasury Department and the IRS accuse the company of using their charitable foundation to gain support of their power plant.

The possible violations center around the Entergy Charitable Foundation.

A formal complaint is asking for a full investigation of the foundation. The complaint alleges Entergy drafted letters to non-profit organizations referred to as “community partners” asking for their assistance.

The Entergy Charitable foundation reportedly recruited 19 organizations to speak on their behalf, as a quid pro quo for donations, according to an attorney involved with the complaint.

An independent report released in October showed several organizations spoke in favor of the power plant at City Council meetings.

Dozens of individuals made several protests against the plant before City Council approved the plant last March.

Click here to see a statement issued following a request from WWL-TV.

Those who filed the complaint say they’re still waiting to hear back from the IRS and Treasury Department.

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