"California: Senator's Move To Chevron Sparks Ethics Uproar"

"A California senator's decision to quit and jump to Chevron Corp. has sparked questions about whether he should have negotiated for that job while in a position to help the company politically."

"Former Sen. Michael Rubio (D) resigned Friday to work as manager of California governmental affairs for Chevron (E&ENews PM, Feb. 22). He had been chairman of the state Senate's Environmental Quality Committee when he accepted the oil company position.

'There are potential conflicts of interests in his actions as a senator and chair of the Environmental Quality Committee while he was also being recruited for this job in the corporate world,' said Phillip Ung, spokesman for California Common Cause, a watchdog group."

Anne C. Mulkern reports for Greenwire February 25, 2013.

Source: Greenwire, 02/26/2013