Money & Politics

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Bitcoin, As Explained By the Experts Behind the LibertyTeller ATM

Bitcoin can be confusing. Really confusing. It’s also not widely used and extremely volatile, which makes those who want to invest in the digital currency […]

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Chart of the Week: Breaking Down the Lobbyist Money in Boston’s Elections

Lobbyists registered with the state of Massachusetts give a lot of money to politicians, but usually focus their funds on the statehouse lawmakers who they […]

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How Massachusetts Corporations Play the National PAC Game

There are well over 100 active federal political action committees (PACs) based in Massachusetts, but what we look at this week are the 31 directly […]

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Chart of the Week: Governor and Lieutenant Governor Funding, Now vs. Then

Steve Grossman did a little boasting to the press this week, announcing that his campaign account balance has topped a million dollars. That war chest […]

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Chart of the Week: The State’s Biggest and Most Active PACs

Massachusetts-registered Political Action Committees (PACs) spent close to $7 million in 2013—more than the total PAC expenditures from the entire 2011-’12 election cycle—according to my […]

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Public-Finance Advocate Warren Tolman Won’t Commit To Public Finance

Warren Tolman, who has long called public campaign financing a top priority and who sponsored clean-election bills as a state senator, declined to commit to […]

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Chart of the Week: Which Massachusetts Politicians Have the Most Money?

Incumbent Massachusetts lawmakers had nearly $9 million, collectively, in their campaign accounts at the end of 2013, according to year-end finance reports. But much of […]

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Is Carrie Nation the New Choice Restaurant for Beacon Hill Lawmakers?

This past year has seen huge, epic, game-changing upheavals in Massachusetts politics, but surely none more consequential than the June opening of Carrie Nation on […]

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Charlie Baker, Steve Grossman Lead the Gubernatorial Money Race

For the three-month period of September through November, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Steve Grossman are leading the way in fundraising for the 2014 Massachusetts […]

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Is The Mayoral Election For Sale?

There are few issues that elicit more hand-wringing among progressives than campaign financing, especially in the past few years since the Supreme Court widened the […]

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The Call For Disclosure To John Connolly and Marty Walsh [Update]

UPDATE 3: Both John Connolly and Marty Walsh call on all outside independent expenditure committees spending in support of their campaigns to disclose identities of […]

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This ‘One Boston’ Ad Buy Is One Big Mystery

Last week, a woman named Jocelyn Hutt, of Roslindale, filled out some paperwork with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF), and just […]

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John Connolly’s Big Fundraising Haul Shouldn’t Come As A Surpise

John Connolly’s campaign is claiming to have raised $610,000 in the first half of October—a mighty haul that seems to have taken Marty Walsh’s campaign […]

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Massachusetts Congressional Candidates Are Struggling For Funds

Back in February, I wrote that “those assessing the [potential 5th District congressional] race expect candidates to need between $1 million and $2 million for […]

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Lobbyists Also Like the Mayoral Frontrunners

Polls and insider opinion suggest that city councilor John Connolly and state representative Marty Walsh are the frontrunners in the Boston mayoral contest, with District […]