(Boston, Mass)—Massachusetts businessman Rick Green today called on the legislature to close the union loophole in state campaign finance law, saying that the investigations of Boston City Hall are unsurprising in light of the sheer volume of cash flowing from union coffers into Mayor Martin Walsh’s campaign war chest.
“The legislature can and must act now to level the playing field when it comes to support for political campaigns,” Green said. The companies owned by Green, along with Mike Kane of Ashland, has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at rectifying the disparity. He says that while he is optimistic on the lawsuit’s chances, the legislature can make the fix quicker.
Massachusetts is one of just six states that prohibit businesses from contributing to political campaigns, parties, and candidates, while allowing unions, including out of state unions, to contribute as much as $15,000. Unions are also allowed to contribute via PACs, yet business-directed PACs are banned from participating. Individuals are limited to $1,000 per year.
“The limits make union voices the loudest and the strongest of any in Massachusetts politics,” Green said.
Walsh received more than $500,000 from union donations over the individual limit of $500 at the time.
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