Malloy\’s Office Got Ethics Clearance For Staff Kin To Work At Back9Network

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Officials from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy\’s office generated several public documents in 2012 as they checked the propriety of Back9Network, a new Hartford-based cable golf network that\’s received $5 million in economic aid from the state, hiring Jason Veretto, who is the spouse of Malloy\’s chief of staff, Mark Ojakian.

Ojakian disclosed the situation in a June 2012 letter to Malloy, asking that he be insulated from any contact with Back9 matters.

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Malloy agreed to that request in a July letter, thanking Ojakian for assuring that a \”potential conflict\” caused no actual problems.

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Ojakian exchanged emails in October 2012 with an attorney at the Office of State Ethics, Brian O\’Dowd. O\’Dowd wrote that it was fine for Back9 to hire Veretto, a former mail carrier described by Ojakian as an avid and skilled golfer, and for Veretto or his brother to invest in Back9.

Veretto began as an independent contractor for Back9 in August 2012, then became a full-time employee in May 2013, a Back9 spokesman said.

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