The outrageous legislative pay and perk package passed in January did away with "per diems," the daily drive money formerly doled out to some legislators for each and every trip to Boston. Taxpayers were glad to see them go. The system was rife with abuse. A recent Fox 25 investigation exposed the last, corrupt gasp of travel account shenanigans. We weren't surprised to see just how little correlation there is between actual attendance and the claims made by the politicos. To see for yourself, click the link below. Our favorite moment is when state Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) flees the cameras, leaving his car behind. (3:10 in the video) Is it any surprise Rep. McMurtry has a 0% on our legislative scorecard at www.MassFiscalScorecard.org? Fox deserves big kudos for their diligence. As usual, legislative leaders claimed they were exempt from the state’s public records laws and tried to fight the investigation with a team of lawyers. No wonder McMurtry and his friends voted against the opportunity to include the Legislature in public disclosure laws (See that vote here.) Their abuse of taxpayer dollars just doesn't stand up to public scrutiny. They can run, they can hide, but we'll keep pushing for better, more accountable government on Beacon Hill. Take a look at the video below.read morePaul Feeney (Left) and Jacob Ventura (Right) In a close election, direct donations to candidates may be a big factor. Democrat union boss Paul Feeney won last night's very close state senate special election. He raised approximately $136,849, of which $101,054 came from unions. Of the $101,054, about $44,999 came from the union loophole. The union loophole allows unions, including out of state unions, to give above the individual limit of $1,000, while employers are prohibited from giving anything at all. For every dollar Feeney raised, 74% of it was from a union. 33% was from the union loophole. Several out of state unions gave through the union loophole. Republican Jacob Ventura is a former legislative aide, which prohibited him from asking for donations. State law mandates that former state workers cannot ask for political donations. Jacob could not ask for donations, while Feeney could ask for $15,000 from the unions. There is no single more lopsided and unfair campaign finance law in the country than Massachusetts’ own union loophole. MassFiscal is supporting a lawsuit that is awaiting a hearing at the state Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). The lawsuit is being proposed by two businesses owned by board members Rick Green and Mike Kane. If successful, the lawsuit will close the union loophole. Unfortunately for the voters last night, the court did not take our case quick enough to prevent this tainted election from happening. We hope we can get in front of the SJC as soon as possible to prevent any further fraudulent elections. More information on the lawsuit may be found here.read more
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