Pfizer and Diageo agree to pay fines for receptions

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Diageo North America Inc. and Pfizer, Inc. have agreed to each pay a $5,000 penalty to the Connecticut Office of State Ethics for failing to report spending on receptions both hosted during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Each firm hosted separate receptions in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the convention. Multiple Connecticut state employees, public officials and/or members of a public official’s family or staff attended each event.

Neither Diageo nor Pfizer, both registered as client lobbyists in Connecticut, reported the expenses on their lobbyist financial reports.

Each firm said the failure to report the expenditures was inadvertent.

Pfizer said the “oversight” was corrected immediately after its discovery. Diageo said it had received inaccurate information about the cost of the reception, which was supposed to be below the $10 per person reporting threshold.

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