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Bacon and Eggs For Six For $100K?

by Christine Stuart | Dec 4, 2013 1:41am
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Posted to: Business, Election 2014, Hartford

Courtesy of the DGA conference website

If you or your organization donates $100,000 to the Democratic Governors Association you get six tickets and preferred seating today at the Winter Policy conference in Hartford.

For that price you get breakfast, a chance to participate in policy discussions, and access to discounted rooms at the union-run Hartford Hilton hotel.

It also means you got to attend a two-hour cocktail event Tuesday at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and will have an opportunity to speak with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and — last but not least — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

That’s right, the Democratic Governors Association is in town and for the right price your company will get to bend the ear of one of the four Democratic governors attending the event.

Asked Tuesday if he and other governors would be meeting with individual attendees, Malloy said, “Yeah, something like that would not be unusual, to hear what service somebody might want to provide or a new product or an interest in relocating to a state.”

When asked if his staff would also be participating in the event, the governor said some would attend.

“Members of my staff will be there. You know, the definition of what participating is as opposed to listening is subject to definition, I suppose, but members of my staff will be there,” he said.

The Democratic Governors Association played a role in Malloy’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign when it spent about $1.7 million on television ads criticizing his Republican opponent, Tom Foley.

The DGA was unable to coordinate with the Malloy campaign, but the negative ad ran at saturation levels.

Malloy went on to become the finance chair of the DGA. As finance chair, Malloy helped raise $20 million in 2011. However, his tenure as finance chair has already concluded.

In the first six months of this year, the DGA has raised $13.4 million, putting it on pace to raise more money than it did in the past few years.

Hugh McQuaid contributed to this report.

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posted by: Greg | December 4, 2013  10:19am

Only the wealthy and powerful have access to policymakers via this sort of obscene fundraising. Look at all the access $100K can buy- cocktail hour with high ranking officials, a chance to participate in policy discussions…and what of the rest of us? The civics books say we can write our public officials, maybe get a chance to sign up to testify at a public hearing, or if we’re really passionate about a topic we can MAYBE attempt to meet our policymakers one-on-one for 3 minutes and they’ll pretend to listen. 

Much ballyhooing from the democrats nationwide about Citizens United…but then hold 100K fundraisers? Maybe not so opposed to that SCOTUS ruling after all, eh?

posted by: StanMuzyk | December 4, 2013  11:57am

Gov. Malloy is deeply involved
as a participant in the National Democratic Party Political Mafia—which is leading our state and country to the disastrous state of affairs we are currently imbedded in.

posted by: ocoandasoc | December 4, 2013  12:44pm

You can certainly criticize Gov. Malloy’s policies, but not his accessibility. The Governor makes himself available at many public events and will often engage in discussion and listen and respond to points made by CT residents he has just met. I have talked with him briefly on a couple of occasions about issues, and I am neither wealthy or powerful. Do large donors have easier access to the Governor? Of course. But if every CT resident donated just $50 annually to their favorite elected office holder they would overwhelm the big donors and substantially curb their influence.