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Marty Walsh Supporters Have to Pay to Settle Claims

Two entities have agreed to pay $30,000 to the state to settle claims that they broke the law when spending a half-million dollars in support […]

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State Legislature Passes the Massachusetts Disclosure Act

The state legislature has passed the Massachusetts Disclosure Act, which will do a number of good things in the area of campaign finance; they deserve credit […]

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The Second Quarter Was Tough for Massachusetts Democrats

Thanks to the frequency of Massachusetts reporting requirements for statewide candidates—legislators, of course, give themselves very different rules—observers like me tend to look at short-term […]

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Duck Dynasty + Sam Adams = Massachusetts GOP?

A brand-new federal Super PAC organized in mid-April, with the intriguing moniker New Majority For Massachusetts. Its listed treasurer, Charles Gantt, is a former Mitt […]

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Chart of the Week: Dems Who Are Losing the Money War

This chart shows the campaign balances as of June 15, for the Democratic candidates who will appear on the primary ballot for the open Governor, […]

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Chart of the Week: The State Party Coffers

The Massachusetts Republican Party has been dramatically outraising and outspending its Democratic counterpart in 2014, giving it a head start on the state election campaigns—but […]

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Which Massachusetts Members of Congress Rely Most on PACs?

One of the perks of being a member of Congress—especially if you are safely ensconced in a partisan district, and thus likely stay in office […]

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Chart of the Week: Spending In the Special Elections

Tuesday saw special elections in five state House of Representative districts—four general elections and one primary—mostly in and around Boston. All were competitive, whether in […]

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What the Massachusetts Governor Candidates Are Spending Their Money On

It’s early in the campaign, but where the state’s 10 gubernatorial candidates are sinking their dough speaks volumes about their prospects in the election.

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Chart of the Week: The Top Lobbying Interests in Massachusetts

Casinos and marijuana may have topped the headlines, but regular health care insurers and providers were the biggest lobbyists on Beacon Hill in 2013, according […]

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Chart of The Week: Beacon Hill’s Top Lobbying Firms

O’Neill & Associates, headed by former Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III, once again claimed the top spot among Beacon Hill lobbying firms, according to […]

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A Framingham Company Just Got Caught Funneling Funds to Marty Walsh

Reliable Roofing and Sheet Metal of Framingham, and its owner James O’Donovan, have been caught by the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) […]

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Chart of the Week: Where the Dorchester Race Money Came From

On Tuesday, Dan Hunt won the Democratic primary and de facto general election to be the new state representative from the 13th Suffolk district, which […]

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Outside Spending Groups Are Back for the Special Elections

After making much noise in last year’s Boston elections, outside spending groups have returned—in a relatively small but potentially important way—for the special elections coming […]

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Chart of the Week: Where Lobbyist Contributions Go

Last week, I showed you which 2013 Boston municipal candidates received contributions from registered state lobbyists. But, as I mentioned, that’s just a small part […]