Hello! You are part of a community of millions who seek out Democracy Now! each month for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the voices of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We produce all of this news at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation. We do this without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on support from viewers and listeners like you. Today, less than 1% of our visitors support Democracy Now! with a donation each year. If even 3% of our website visitors donated just $10 per month, we could cover our basic operating expenses for a year. Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make a monthly contribution.

Your Donation: $
Thursday, October 12, 2000 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Debate Lite 2

The Power Plays of the Enron Corporation

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

Well we heard the debate last night between George W Bush and Al Gore, a joint press appearance that is all worked out before hand by the two parties in terms of what the parties will accept regarding questions and format. There is only one interviewer, Jim Lehrer, of the Lehrer News Hours on PBS, and many corporate sponsors, AT&T and Archer-Daniels Midland among the largest donors to the debates. But they are not allowed to single out any one corporate sponsor.

One corporation which has contributed significant amounts to the George W Bush campaign is the Enron Corporation. Today we are going to look at the Enron corporation and their activities around the world, and especially in the Indian state of Maharashtra. In 1993 Enron and the government of Maharashtra signed a contract for the supply of electricity for the state of Maharashtra. The contract was then canceled and in August 1996 re-negotiated and re-signed in what is now the single largest contract in Indian history.


  • Abhay Mehta, the author of ??Power Play: A Study of the Enron Project. He is a researcher from Bombay India.



Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.