MassFiscal Urges OCPF to Investigate Arroyo Over Coordinated Smear Campaign with Rollins
The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has requested an investigation by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) into the findings of the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel regarding former U.S. Attorney General Rachel Rollins and her coordinated effort with current Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo in the Democratic Primary for District Attorney. A copy of the letter sent to OCPF may be found here.
“Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo issued a statement in which he claimed he did nothing wrong. The evidence being released by federal authorities seems to say otherwise. Arroyo should immediately step down from his position on the Boston City Council,” said Paul Diego Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“MassFiscal is urging OCPF to determine if violations have taken place. Based off text message exchanges between candidate Arroyo and former U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins, it appears there was a coordinated attempt to influence an election. Further, former US Attorney Rollins’s attempts to bolster Arroyo’s campaign by investigating his rival was clearly a contribution of value designed to boost his candidacy. While Rollins resigned, Arroyo is still serving on the Boston City Council and subject to OCPF’s regulations and investigations,” continued Craney.
Their text exchanges show that Rollins and Arroyo orchestrated political hits against Hayden. Rollins and Arroyo cooperated and consulted with each other for the specific activities made in support of Arroyo and against Hayden. These activities were made in concert with and at the request of Arroyo, the candidate.
“Massachusetts has not seen this level of public corruption in a long time. Two federal agencies had to get involved. The evidence speaks for itself. However, the investigation should not end there. There are still unanswered questions to whether or not Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo broke state campaign finance regulations by coordinating his attacks against his political opponent leading up to an election with the former U.S. Attorney,” concluded Craney.