Monday, October 27, 2008

House gave big to Dodd campaign

Art House, Democratic candidate for the 8th District state Senate seat, personally contributed $2,750 to the presidential campaign of Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd in 2006 and 2007.
House is a "senior vice president of public affairs," i.e., full-time lobbyist, for Webster Bank.
Dodd, embroiled in controversy and under the cloud of an ethics investigation in the Senate over "VIP" mortgages he received before the collapse of the mortgage industry, is the powerful chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
House, according to the Huffington Post's campaign donation Web site, has contributed $9,100 to presidential candidates in the past two elections. In 2004, he contributed to the campaigns of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and Gen. Wesley Clark. In addition to Dodd, he contributed to the 2008 campaign of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
A past supporter and advisor to Lieberman, House later became an advisor to the campaign of Ned Lamont, who challenged Lieberman successfully in the primary for Senate two years ago but unsuccessfully in the general election after Lieberman switched and ran as an independent.

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Anonymous rabbitears on summer said...

This post actually makes me sad...

It's not a surprise House donated to Dodd, he worked for him, right? Also, wouldn't it be illegal to donate that much to one candidate? Sure those numbers are right? Wouldn't be the first time the Huff Post was wrong. Might be worth checking Federal filings.

Where do you get he's a lobbyist? You're a newspaper, don't you at least site things when you make claims like that? Something about journalistic integrity comes to mind, and the standard isn't diminished because this is a blog.

This post smells something awful.

October 27, 2008 at 11:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Art House is a joke, he should call it a day

October 27, 2008 at 11:33 PM 
Anonymous chris jenkins said...

Anon - mature, really. Come on if you're going to say something so childish, at least give me a little meat to chew on.

October 28, 2008 at 12:10 AM 
Blogger Register Citizen Staff said...

We're sure he doesn't call himself a lobbyist, and we're not sure there's anything inherently wrong with being a lobbyist, to tell you the truth, but that's typically what someone with a huge background and connections to the top levels of government and government officials does when they take a job heading up "public affairs" for a company such as Webster.

October 28, 2008 at 9:30 AM 
Anonymous Disgusted in Nepaug said...

That's a stretch and I'd argue that your logic is way wrong.

As a matter of fact, the chief "lobbyist" for Webster is Gaffney Bennett, see for yourself -

Do your homework (and it takes just a phone call) before you make false accusations.

October 28, 2008 at 10:52 AM 
Anonymous Disgusted in Nepaug said...

Here, maybe this link will work better: Webster lobbyist

October 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If House would just give a little more explanation then Vice President of Public Affairs then it would be clear to everyone what he does. Instead he stops short at just giving his title, he is completely out of touch with the district and the Register Citizen did a great job highlighting it today in it's editorial.

October 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riiska to be allowed to run as write-in candidate against Rigby in 63rd in a settlement reached today in Superior Court in Hartford.

Seems a little wierd, Secretary of State's office who mind you is a Democrat says they will settle to allow Riiska to appear as write-in but this will not set a precedent for future cases.

October 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM 
Anonymous disgusted in nepaug said...

Again, it just takes a little research. From House's website:

"He is presently the Managing Director of Public Affairs at Webster Bank. Art’s primary responsibility is to provide strategic and public affairs advice to Webster’s Chairman and CEO. He also directs Webster’s work in public issues, internal and external communications and community affairs."

Why is it that when someone does good (for him and his family) and can list accomplishments he's labeled as "out of touch". I'm happy Kevin and his wife work hard, but can we fault/judge House for being successful?

Maybe you can, but I can't.

October 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM 

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