Sen. Eldridge Implies Campaign Finance Law Should be Used as a Political Weapon The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance offered the following statement in response to state Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “Senator Eldridge is implying that he’s proposing a campaign finance bill to help elect Democrats to the statehouse,” commented Paul D. Craney, a MassFiscal Board Member and the organization’s spokesman. “We previously knew his bill was poorly written, and misguided, without any legitimate support from campaign finance law experts, but now we learn its hyper partisan and intended to be used as a political weapon in state campaign finance law. Senator Eldridge would be wise to learn that just because he’s a state senator, it doesn’t entitle him to be a bully and propose campaign finance bills that settle scores with his political enemies. It's folks like Eldridge who demonstrate why our campaign finance regulations need to be crystal clear and completely objective. MassFiscal will always fight unfair regulations that tip the scales for or against a particular point of view,” concluded Craney. BACKGROUND: There’s a bill that would rein in Charlie Baker’s fund-raising, but Democrats aren’t touching it THE BOSTON GLOBE By: Frank Phillips 5/30/2018 The difference is stunning: Governor Charlie Baker was sitting on more than $8 million in his campaign account by mid-May, while his two Democratic challengers had less than $132,000 combined. If Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie are looking for someone to blame for that cash chasm, they don’t have to look far. Over the past two years, House Democratic leadership has repeatedly blocked campaign finance legislation that could have cut off a big source of funds to Baker and candidates on the GOP ticket. “It’s very frustrating,’’ said Senator James B. Eldridge, Democrat from Acton and chief sponsor of the bill. “It seems like a lot of my colleagues [in the House] are not interested in electing a Democrat to the corner office.”… # # #read moreAs we speak, our latest round of educational pieces are being delivered to mailboxes across the Commonwealth. “Edna and Lester” are just a few of the constituents who had no idea about the radical policies being advocated by their representatives on Beacon Hill. Needless to say, when they found out, they were not amused. The latest round of mailers educates folks on issues ranging from making Massachusetts a sanctuary state, to expansion of tolls, and the 40% average pay raise legislators voted themselves last year. All told, almost 800,000 thousand pieces of mail were sent out across 25 different legislative districts from Pittsfield to Provincetown. Many legislators feel they can support legislation that is radically out of touch with their districts because, often times, their constituents never find out about it. Educational mail programs like ours are keeping residents informed and allowing them to voice their opinions on these matters. Thank you for your continued support of MassFiscal. Without you, many Massachusetts voters would be left in the dark regarding many issues important to them.read more
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