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August 22, 2014
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Galvin Accuses Coakley of Hiding Deal, Launches Investigation To Clear Up “Questions”
BOSTON – Fellow Democrats, including Secretary of State Bill Galvin, are questioning Attorney General Martha Coakley’s integrity after she agreed to a lenient settlement with friendly lobbyists accused of charging illegal lobbying fees to a children’s hospital. Galvin, whose office regulates lobbyists, even alleged Coakley hid the sweetheart deal from him by announcing the slap-on-the-wrist deal with the lobbyists in a Friday bad news dump.
The Boston Herald: “A miffed Secretary of State William F. Galvin — calling his office ‘the primary regulator of lobbyists’ — said he was kept completely in the dark about Attorney General Martha Coakley’s controversial settlement with Beacon Hill lobbying firm The Brennan Group over possibly illegal fees to a children’s hospital.
‘“We found out at five minutes of five on Friday like everyone else,’ Galvin told the Herald yesterday, in a dig at the classic end-of-week news dump pols use to try to slip potentially damaging information by the public. ‘I was surprised — but I’ll stop there. … Usually we work together. I’ll stop at saying I was surprised.’”
State House News Service: “The two Democrats running to replace Attorney General Martha Coakley on Thursday raised questions about a civil settlement her office recently reached with a lobbying firm.
“Both prefaced criticism by saying it was based on what they had read in published reports about the settlement, with Maura Healey, a former prosecutor who worked for Coakley until late last year, stating Coakley didn’t go far enough in the case, and former Sen. Warren Tolman saying he had concerns ‘at first blush.’”
The Boston Globe: “Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin criticized Attorney General Martha Coakley’s handling of a case involving a prominent lobbyist Wednesday and launched his own inquiry into the lobbyist’s activities.
“The move added to a simmering controversy about Coakley’s settlement with lobbyist John Brennan, a former state representative and state senator, just weeks before Coakley faces Democratic primary voters in the gubernatorial election.
‘“The agreement raises more questions than it answers,’ said Galvin, in an interview.”