Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Purge Beacon Hill

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Republican Party today issued a list of all legislators and constitutional officers who accepted money from ex-Speaker Sal DiMasi's co-defendants, calling on them to purge the cash from their campaign accounts. The Mass GOP also called on the Office of Campaign and Political Finance to launch an investigation into all legislators who took more than $200 from indicted lobbyist Richard McDonough, which is a violation of campaign finance laws.

In addition, the Mass GOP urged Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo to return expensive cigars and flowers sent to them as gifts by Governor Deval Patrick, despite state law prohibiting elected officials from receiving a gift worth $50 or more.

Mass GOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour said: "The Democrats are frantically trying to pass reform and ethics legislation to repair their image after indictments in the House and Senate. Now we see the legislators and the governor cannot even follow the laws we already have that limit gifts and money from lobbyists. The solution to the problem with Massachusetts government is not new laws, the solution is new lawmakers."