PORTLAND, Ore. — While he was U.S. secretary of energy, Donald P. Hodel asked a utility executive to help Hodel's son and six friends find funds to pay tour expenses of their Christian rock 'n' roll band, a published report said today.
Hodel, who is now secretary of the interior, asked for help in 1984 from the chief executive officer of Portland General Electric Co., which has extensive dealings with the Department of Energy, the Oregonian newspaper said.
Robert H. Short, the chief executive officer and a personal friend of Hodel, said he arranged for the band to receive $5,500 from a $34,000 donation the utility had promised for building construction at Warner Pacific College, a Christian liberal arts college in Portland.
Hodel's son, Dave, 26, taught for nine months in an unpaid position at the college during the 1983-84 school year.
There has been no allegation that Short's favor to Hodel was related to any specific transaction between the utility and the Department of Energy, the newspaper said. However, federal regulations generally prohibit Cabinet officers from using their positions to benefit themselves or their families.