Malloy To Pay For WHCD Trip

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Responding to growing criticism of his outing last weekend to the White House Correspondents Dinner, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today said he would write a check for $1234.62 to cover the trip. It had been paid for by People Magazine.

Gov. Malloy\’s spokesman Andrew Doba said:

“To remove a needless distraction when there are far more important public policy issues to deal with, Governor Malloy has made the decision to personally reimburse People Magazine for the costs of his attendance at the White House Correspondents Dinner.  He has written a personal check for $1,234.62.

“We are confident that People Magazine’s payment would have been proper under Connecticut’s ethics laws.  The Governor attended the event in his official capacity and used the opportunity to advance Connecticut’s interests.  The Governor’s Office accepted People Magazine’s gift in order to relieve taxpayers of the cost.  Instead of shifting the cost to the taxpayers, the Governor is personally paying the cost.

“But let’s be clear about two things:

“First, during the event, Governor Malloy engaged in substantive discussions with numerous senior officials.  To note just a few discussions among many, he talked with Small Business Administrator Karen Mills about Connecticut’s Hurricane Sandy relief plan and small business investment programs under the JOBS Act, talked with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer about the strategy for pursuing federal gun control legislation, and talked with Congressman Steve Israel about proposals for the establishment of a regional infrastructure bank.  And Governor Malloy promoted Connecticut’s economic development agenda in discussions with numerous business and media leaders.

“Second, there’s a reason that Connecticut’s ethics law allows those who do no business with the state to pay the costs of events that advance the state’s interests.  The alternatives are to make taxpayers pay costs unnecessarily, or to limit the Governor’s active advocacy on behalf of Connecticut on the basis of his own private personal resources.  We would rather decrease costs to taxpayers.  And we don’t believe that personal wealth should be a pre-requisite for the Governor’s active promotion of this great state.”

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7 thoughts on “Malloy To Pay For WHCD Trip

  1. justme

    Was not our previous Governor convicted of felony for doing something like this. Oh I forgot Malloy and Democrats are protected by the media :-) and situations like this are only a slap on the hands– if that.

  2. Finster Baby

    $1234.62 is the TOTAL cost??? What about his security detail that went with him? What about their travel, hotel, meals + overtime?

    Me thinks $1234.62 is not everything? Is it really ok for Connecticut Taxpayers to pay for Malloy’s Magical Mystery Political Tour?

  3. Dan

    So, Dannel is going to save us tax payers the “burden” of footing the bill…Oh really? So when this happens again (and you know it will) we get to foot the bill because it’s our “turn”? Oh, I’ll be remembering this come November 2014. Consider yourself voted out, Dannel…

  4. sam

    Did he have a security detail with him and did they have expenses? What was that cost? if any. If he did who would be responsible for writing a check for that? Just curious.

  5. The Conn-servative

    This ” ethics ” commission is a farse. Now lookey here: Say your a CT politician and you engage in what Danny boy just did, knowing full well ahead of time that your not suppose to do it,but decide to do it anyway in hopes you wont get caught. You get caught and simply write a check to make it go away. Nothing gained and nothing lost. Now similarly, if you hand a teller a note asking for money and receive said money,leave and go home. Then a few days go by and you find out the police are close to making an arrest and decide to bring the money back to the bank, should you not be arrested? I think the capitol police or state police should handle every one of these fraudulently cases of theft because that’s what it is. If there ever was a time for police unions contending that certain sectors of work are theirs, this is it. Get rid of the ethic commission and let the capitol police handle it. I think you’ll see more “compliance” with the law. It would be nice if the general population(non-political)had an ethics commisssion for all crimes wouldn’t it be nice instead of municipal police offices. This is a crock.

  6. Disgusted former Democrat

    Make the Security Detail give back their overtime and pay for their flight and food. Was the head of the detail being given a Chief’s job this week payback for his silence?

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