NU Chief Asks Subordinates To Suppor...

NU Chief Asks Subordinates To Support Malloy By Giving To Democratic Party

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#1 Dec 4, 2013
Saying Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has "battled through issues of historic proportions" in his first term, including the Newtown school massacre and destructive storms, the top executive for Northeast Utilities has asked about 50 of his managers throughout New England to give money to help re-elect Malloy next year.

The emailed request sent on Sept. 17 by NU's CEO and board chairman, Thomas J. May drew a quick response:$46,500 in contributions have been made since then by more than 20 NU executives in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the Connecticut Democratic Party, campaign finance reports show.

"The next gubernatorial election cycle is upon us, and I am asking each of you to join me in financially supporting Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy" in next year's election, May said in the unusually emphatic email, which The Courant obtained from a source.

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"While he has accomplished much, there is more to do," the email said. "Please join me in providing support to continue the work begun, providing new opportunities, and securing the leadership to make it happen."
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May said that during Malloy's first term, "he battled through issues of historic proportions from nature's wrath to one man's horrific actions" from record economic uncertainty to growing jobs and opportunity. Through it all, the Governor has shown decisive leadership, skillful collaboration and a keen ability to keep Connecticut moving forward."

An NU spokeswoman said May had carefully checked that his fundraising request was legal before sending it to 48 senior managers. But because May asked his employees to donate to a federal campaign fund the state Democratic Party's federal account his appeal sheds light on a practice that has raised questions here and elsewhere.

State party organizations are required to follow state and federal rules for how they spend their money. They maintain separate accounts for campaign efforts to elect federal candidates such as members of Congress, and for state offices such as governor, attorney general and state legislators. But in practice, sometimes questions arise about whether funds earmarked for one purpose are used for another.

May's email solicited contributions specifically for the state Democratic Party's "federal" account, but it only mentions Malloy and says nothing about next year's federal campaigns for Connecticut's five congressional seats.

"Please make contributions payable to: CT Democratic State Central Committee Federal," May said in the email, at the bottom of which was typed "Tom."

Federal campaign laws allow some leeway for crossover use of federal campaign funds to aid candidates for state office. For example, the Federal Election Commission website says that a state party can spend the federal-account funds on "get-out-the-vote activities in connection with an election where a candidate for federal offices is on the ballot" even though those federally-related expenditures will also help the party's candidates for state office, too.

Asked why May directed the contributions to the party's federal account, NU spokeswoman Caroline Pretyman said in an email: "Tom consulted our internal legislative and legal affairs experts to determine where to direct any funds. There are rules and regulations that govern where donations can be directed when individuals do business with the state and the federal account is one that all NU individuals are lawfully permitted to participate in."

Pretyman added, "We encourage all of our employees to participate in the political process" in whatever way they see fit.


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#3 Dec 5, 2013
rate increase in exchange for campaign money. Hang 'em both.

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#4 Dec 5, 2013
For Once Citizen is correct. Malloy is a Jerk and is worthless and hopeless and bad for Connecticut.


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#5 Dec 5, 2013
I am always correct, and George is better than Tippy.

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#6 Dec 10, 2013
You are always lying about George, he is a no good cat.


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#7 Dec 11, 2013
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
You are always lying about George, he is a no good cat.
No, you are.

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#8 Dec 11, 2013
I am a Gentleman and Tippy is a Lady. Citizen and George who are worthless and worthless.

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