NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Capitol Hill Corruption
Statement of Johnson Controls
(Story created: 3/14/05)
Johnson Controls occasionally retains consultants to help engage and assist, as appropriate, with business development, public relations, and government affairs.
Specifically, Mr. John Ford was retained under a contract with Ford and Associates during September 2001 for a period not to exceed one year. We paid a one-time fee of $15,000 for the consulting work performed under the terms of this agreement to assist with communicating the benefits of our energy program with Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ultimately, we were not awarded the contract.
It is important to note, Sen. Ford was not compensated for, nor did he assist Johnson Controls in obtaining any business with the State of Tennessee.
Because legislators in Tennessee are part-time and often have their own firms, such contract execution is legal as long as the consultant's activities do not conflict with his/her legislative duties. To our knowledge, Sen. Ford's consultancy duties did not conflict with his role as a legislator.
Johnson Controls maintains strict policies regarding consultants and the work they perform for the company. All actions taken by retained consultants must comply with all relevant laws. Consultants shall take no actions on behalf of the Company without the Company's prior approval, and agree to abide by all terms of the Ethics Policy of Johnson Controls Inc., which we provide consultants prior to the execution of an agreement. The consultant also is bound by all applicable federal, state and local ordinances, codes, regulations and laws that relate in any manner to the subject work. All filing of any and all required lobbyist reports are responsibility of the consultant.