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Malloy Defends Esty's Acceptance of Speaking Fees By Electric Companies

Esty has accepted over 1.2 million in fees for speaking engagements from companies, including United Illuminating.

Gov. Dannel Malloy came to the defense of energy and environmental commissioner Daniel C. Esty Wednesday in response to a series of Hartford Courant articles disclosing that Esty accepted over $1.2 million in fees over the past five years for speaking engagements while serving as a Yale University professor, particularly from electric companies under the scope of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the former Department of Public Utility Control.

According to the Courant, Malloy told reporters during a keynote speech at a Connecticut Conference of Municipalities meeting, that while Esty has some rules to learn for his new position and could have handled the situation better, there is no conflict.

sebastian dangerfield October 10, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Ha ha. Come on. Im not in favor of the way political campaigns are run with respect to donations. But there are countless examples on every side of the aisle of companies donating to influence candidates. Obama, Barney Frank and chris dodd were in charge of the banking committee, then got sweetheart deals on mortgages, and those 3 got the most donations from freddie mac and fannie mae. United Technologies is a big donor to Lieberman. Name a politician (other than michael bloomberg) who doesnt get money from companies who have an axe to grind. If you want to go after esty --find. BUt, I think the problem has deeper roots than one guy. This is the way American politics is run. Look at labor unions 'endorsements" then look at the donations, and look at the payback. Its part of america. I agree we need to change it--but its lawful.
Hugh Dolan October 13, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Luca, Thanks ! You just made all the arguments why he should not be appointed by Malloy . You really don't believe that all University professors have corrupted their professional ethics by accepting money from those they wish to regulate, do you ? Why doesn't Mr. Malloy find a well-respected professional not so ethically challenged? Because Obama, Frank and Dodd can't keep their hand out of the cookie jar doesn't mean Malloy has to appoint the same kind of people. Connecticut Utilities have had free reign to rape and rob from the rate payers for years. The people are crying for relief. One of the highest components of businesses costs are energy costs-- and these are set by bureauocrats whom have a cozy relationship with the the utilites they are supposed to regulate. The " we've always done it this way " excuse doesn't hold water. That's how Enron collapsed-- leaving thousands without their pensions-- everybody looked the other way . Same thing for the housing collapse. All the players knew the bubble was about to burst-- they looked the other way in the hopes it burst open in some-one else's hand !
sebastian dangerfield October 13, 2011 at 04:50 AM
YOu have so many concepts here, its hard to keep up. 1) University professors do not normally regulate people. So, I have no idea what you are saying. 1a) I do think that many respected university professors supplement their incomes by speaking and writing engagements. So this is in keeping with Mr Esty. No abnormailty exists. 2) I think your use of the term rape is highly insensitive, and misused. If hyperbole is your goal, you achieve it, but Im somewhat unaware of companies being in business to lose money. I think that Mr. Esty is aware of his potential conflicts based on appearances and has undertaken some steps to address them. 3a) I think you need to demonstrate how Mr Esty has actually done you a disservice, rahter than simply demonstrating anger at the utility companies. Im not sure why appointing a guy who is a novice would be a better choice, but, Hugh, id love for you to suggest a more suitable candidate-so i could better understand the type of person you think will not do the terrible things you think mr esty plans to do to you. 4) i dont think the 'done it this way 'argument is mine. I simply think the allegations are tenuous at best. If the guy is indeed corrupt--get him out of there. BUt getting paid for consultancy is not proof of any ethical boundary being crossed. 5) Enron did not collapse because of 'we have done it this way." it collapsed because of accounting fraud and greed. I have a feeling, you just are more angry, than informed.
Steve Symonds October 13, 2011 at 04:32 PM
My initial comment was certainly not intended to begin a discussion that has become as uncivil as this one has grown. An actual conflict of interest has NOT been proven, so any one claiming this is in fact the case had better come forth with evidence -- otherwise shut up because ranting and raving is neither called for nor constructive. My point was that there is an appearance of a conflict of interest: That, in and of itself, is sufficient cause for Mr. Malloy to ask for Mr. Esty's resignation.
William sherman October 13, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I believe there is some conflict of interest here. I really don't think Malloy is looking deeply into the backgrounds appointees and the resulting fallout from their previous associations.It is like he is running to do everything now so by the time the next election comes around this will be back burner stuff to the citizens. I mentioned in another post that I found it it odd that his wife got hired for a non government job in hartford that pays over 150K per year. She has the background for the slot, but there must have been some others in hartford who had that also. It is not like she was recruited for the position. I suppose It does not hurt to head up a non profit when you spouse is the govenor.

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