PORTLAND, Ore. — When he was U.S. secretary of energy, Donald P. Hodel asked a utility executive to help Hodel's son and six friends pay tour expenses of their rock 'n' roll band, a published report said Thursday.
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 Energy Department, the Oregonian said.
Robert H. Short, the chief executive officer, said he arranged for the band to receive $5,500 from a $34,000 donation that the utility had promised for building construction at Warner Pacific College, a Christian liberal arts college in Portland.
Son Taught at College
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 Energy Department, the newspaper said. However, federal regulations generally prohibit Cabinet officers from using their positions to benefit themselves or their families.