Northeast Utilities CEO Asks Executives to Donate to Malloy Campaign

Nearly $47,000 in donations have been made by top NU employees to the "CT Democratic State Central Committee — Federal" account.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Patch file photo
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Patch file photo

A request by Northeast Utilities CEO and chairman Thomas J. May to his subordinates to support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in his re-election campaign has netted the governor nearly $47,000 in campaign donations, according to the Hartford Courant.

May sent out an e-mail to 48 senior NU executives throughout New England in mid-September calling for them to donate to Malloy’s re-election efforts, the Courant reported.

In the e-mail, May said that the governor has had to respond to massive issues such as the Newtown shootings and “historic storms,” according to the Courant.

“Through it all, the Governor has shown decisive leadership, skillful collaboration and a keen ability to keep Connecticut moving forward," May wrote.

The request actually calls for donations to be made to the “CT Democratic State Central Committee — Federal,” account which, according to an NU spokeswoman Caroline Pretyman, was to comply with campaign election laws.

The e-mail has resulted in $46,500 in donations from 20 NU executives, the Courant reported. Prior to the e-mail, NU employees had contributed $5,000 to the state party’s federal account, according to the Courant.

The support comes just more than two years after Malloy blasted Connecticut Light & Power, which is owned by NU, for its response to the October 2011 snowstorm that resulted in massive power outages in the state.

NU in 2012 merged with Boston-based utility NSTAR, a move that was supported by Malloy administration officials “after negotiations that they said will provide benefits for consumers,” the Courant reported.

Malloy is expected to face a tough battle for re-election. Fundraising efforts include breakfast with the governor on Wednesday at a hotel buffet at the Democratic Governors Association conference in Hartford in exchange for a $10,000 sponsorship or a corporate membership in the association for between $100,000 to $250,000, the CT Mirror reported.
Jerry December 05, 2013 at 09:26 AM
How this man got elected the first time still baffles me
Paul Bahre December 06, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Jerry, Dan Malloy stole the election. Remember they got a judge to leave open the polls in Bridgeport till 23:00. They were printing ballots on an XEROX machine. Seemed to me the kept those poles open till DM had enough votes to win. As for the NU chief strong arming his underlings for support for DM? That has got to be illegal. Another reason to Hate NU. I"m sure if the NU chief was stumping for a Republican the Dem's would go crazy. Welcome to the People's Republik of CT
Brian C. Duffy December 06, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Paul, The 2010 election "fraud" was thoroughly investigated and the results were Malloy didn't need the extra Bridgeport votes…they weren't enough to make up the margin of victory. But you can believe what you want to believe…facts and numbers be damned. Please come up with some verifiable proof. Speaking of that: It's getting dark now, shouldn't you be out looking for Bigfoot?


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