Energy Lobbyist to lead Bilik campaign
A local politician who works with Wendy Molner as an energy lobbyist has been chosen by Assembly candidate Marie Bilik to lead her effort against Assemblyman Parker Space and Freeholder Gail Phoebus.
According to the official minutes of several New Jersey municipalities, Molly Whilesmith has lobbied local governments on energy issues for Concord Engineering, the corporation where Wendy Molner is listed as Vice President of Government Relations. Here she is, at a meeting of the Watchung Borough Council in November of last year:
Jersey Energy Group – Somerset County Energy Aggregation Program
Wendy Muller (Molner?) and Molly Whilesmith, representatives from Concord Energy Services (CES), were invited forward by Mayor Pote to proceed with a presentation regarding a County approved Energy Aggregate Program. Councilman Gibbs requested consent from Mayor Pote to recuse himself from this presentation. Ms. Whilesmith explained that Concord Energy Services and Jersey Energy Group were appointed by the Freeholders, via Resolution in October, to form the newly established Somerset County Energy Cooperative.
Wendy Kuser Molner is an experienced lobbyist. According to her bio, she has over 15 years of experience. She worked in "legislative relations" as a member of the Corzine administration.
As a member of the administration of Governor Jon Corzine, Molner helped sell projects cooked up by NJ Transit and the NJ Department of Transportation. You know, those people who want to raise the tax on gasoline to pay for those projects that cost, per mile, twelve times what the rest of the country pays.
Molner is listed as the Vice President of Government Relations on the website of Concord Engineering, an energy engineering company from southern New Jersey that sells to county and local governments. Concord is affiliated with the NJ Clean Energy Program, which promotes "renewable sources of energy including solar."
Concord is also affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council, among other organizations that promote the use of taxpayer subsidized solar energy. So let's be clear about who Molner lobbies for.
Molner is the author of letters to the editor that have defended the county bureaucrats and their handling of the Sussex solar mess. These are officials who have pocketed nearly $2 million of taxpayers' money since this solar scam was sold by them to the Freeholders.
With the addition of a second energy lobbyist to her campaign team, it becomes even more important for candidate Bilik to answer these basic questions:
(1) Do you support the non-disparagement (aka "gag order") clause that protects the solar scammers from public comment?
(2) If elected to the state Assembly, would you propose similar non-disparagement clauses between the Legislature and failed corporate vendors?