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Official Urges Utility to Halt Nofziger Pay

United Press International

The head of the State Consumer Protection Board said Sunday he has asked the Public Service Commission to order Long Island Lighting Co. to stop paying a $5,000-a-month lobbying fee to former White House political director Lyn Nofziger.

“There is no justification for LILCO to spend any ratepayer money--even $5,000 a month--on a firm like Nofziger & Bragg, particularly since the firm apparently has never provided any written work product in the four years it has worked for LILCO,” charged board Executive Director Richard Kessel in a written statement.

Nofziger initially was paid $20,000 a month in his lobbying effort for LILCO, but the fee was reduced recently to $5,000.

Nofziger has pleaded not guilty to charges of violating federal ethics laws as a lobbyist for Wedtech Corp., the scandal-ridden Bronx defense contractor. His business, Nofziger & Bragg, is up for sale.

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