After a long, election-year controversy in which Auditor Bump allegedly used public resources to support her reelection campaign, the taxpayers are once again on the hook for her political dealings now that she has settled with her former top deputy.
Suzanne Bump reached a $115,000 settlement with her former top deputy Lisa Marlin. Marlin stands to receive $77,000 from the settlement, while the remaining $38,000 will go towards attorney fees.
When the lawsuit charges were first made, neither the Auditor nor her attorney denied that the state office had been used for politicking. (Jim O'Sullivan, "Former aide suing state Auditor Suzanne Bump", The Boston Globe, 08/06/2014)
MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes released the following statement about the settlement:
"It is outrageous that Massachusetts taxpayers are being forced to foot the bill to settle a lawsuit against Auditor Bump that originated with credible charges that Bump illegally used taxpayer resources in support of her reelection campaign. Auditor Bump needs to pay this settlement with her own funds, and in the meantime, the MassGOP intends to explore all legal options to hold Bump accountable for any alleged violations of state law she may have committed."