February 3, 2015 •
Illegal Compensation Agreement Nets Lobbyist Penalty from Connecticut Ethics Board
The Citizens Ethics Advisory Board has levied a $10,000 penalty against a lobbyist for accepting illegal contingency fees. Robert M. Silverberg had a contract with Clean Power Public of New Haven paying him 15 percent of the gross value of contracts he obtained from the state governments of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Silverberg did not disclose any administrative lobbying from January 2013 to January 2014, stating he was unaware his activities were subject to lobbying laws. He believed he was only engaging in sales activities.
The fine will be suspended pending Silverberg’s compliance with a consent order requiring him to attend annual training for five years and
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