| Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?
For Wait, What readers who were intrigued by yesterday's blog post entitled, "If money is the "mother's milk of politics", Governor Malloy's cup runneth over," Jon Lender, the courant's legendary investigative reporter, has taken an even more detailed look into the recent activities of Governor Malloy's Political Action Committee...or the political action committee that appears to be connected with Malloy.
As noted in my blog yesterday, Governor Malloy, and a number of Connecticut's highest ranking public officials, attended a fundraiser last night at the home of Alan Lazowski. Lazowski is the owner of LAZ parking, and the recent recipient of a multi-million dollar development contract given out by a commission that the Governor controls.
As the Courant notes, "Lazowski is CEO of Hartford-based LAZ Parking, one of the biggest parking operators in the country. In May, LAZ began a $990,980 contract to provide valet parking for patients at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington - a pact that has several renewal options that could extend it six years beyond its initial one-year term..."
Prosperity for Connecticut PAC has already raised over $200,000 thanks to more than a dozen fundraisers over the past year.
Lender's news article sheds new light on a variety of issues associated with the PAC and its activities, but the most interesting part of the whole article was the official response from Malloy's gubernatorial spokesperson.
In response to a statement of concern about the PAC by the Republican State Chairman Jerry Labriola, Malloy's media staff told Lender, "Jerry's histrionics aside, this fundraiser was not set up by the governor, but he agreed to attend along with many other political, business and community leaders. He's attending this event for the same reason he attends any number of similar events: he is the chief elected official of the state," said Andrew R. Doba, Malloy's director of communications.
As usual, it seems the people who speak for the Governor can't utter a single statement that doesn't begin or end with bullying, threatening or insulting language.
Not to mention, this is definitely NOT just another PAC, nor was it an event that the Governor just happened to stop by at.
The invitation made it clear the event featured the Governor and the Governor has been the primary draw at the PAC's other fundraisers. Furthermore, it is well-known among the power elite that this is "the Governor's PAC." An observer need only look at the names of the high-ranking lobbyists who have given to this PAC.
Definitely take the time to read Lender's piece. Although many of the quotes are in "political speech," some of them are extremely telling. There is absolutely no doubt that between what they said to Lender and what shows up in these political action committee reports we'll be hearing more about this group and its activities.