Republicans call on Malloy to remove economic development ads

Gov. Dannel Malloy (Photo by Christine Stuart)
Gov. Dannel Malloy (Photo by Christine Stuart)

HARTFORD, Conn. –Less than six months before Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is up for re-election, his Department of Economic Development plans to spend nearly $600,000 on two television ads to promote Connecticut’s business climate.

The commercials feature Dr. Edison Liu, CEO of Jackson Laboratory, Vivian Akuoko owner of Evay Cosmetics, Nicole Russo president of Microboard Processing Inc.; Princell Hair, executive vice president of NBC Sports Group, Austin McChord, CEO, of Datto Inc., and Chris Hocevar president of CIGNA Select.

The two ads feature the executives talking about why they chose to grow in Connecticut. Russo talks about competing with China and Mexico from Connecticut, Hair talks about consolidating operations in the state, and Liu talks about the innovation taking place at his company.

Neither of the two commercials mention that the companies featured in the ads received grants, tax breaks, or assistance from the state, but state officials said the impetus behind the ads is to lure out-of-state companies to Connecticut. The ad directs viewers to the website www.ctforbusiness.com where they are able to get more information about the various economic development programs offered.

The ads will run in the Hartford and New Haven markets for six weeks in May and June and five weeks in the New York City, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, New York, and Fairfield, Connecticut. About 92 percent or $526,416 will be spent on the New York market buy and 8 percent or $43,221 will be spent in the Hartford and New Haven market.

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2 responses to “Republicans call on Malloy to remove economic development ads”

  1. Piberman

    Why protest – it’s what politicians do using public funds to feed their ambitions. Does anyone really believe intelligent and knowledgeable business people will be motivated to invest in CT ?
    Even in Norwalk business people understand the “maths”.

  2. the donut hole

    Incumbents always get to do this. The state republicans need to grow a pair and counter with all the businesses who are leaving or shutting down thanks to the taxes used to pay off Malloy’s favorites here. They should also run ads on how Mrs. Malloy’s Stamford real estate firm is booming thanks to all the firms who have been relocated to Stamford with our tax dollars. Take the gloves off already.

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