Coakley vs Coakley: Statements On Campaign Finance Law At Odds With Actions

Boston- Attorney General Martha Coakley didn't hesitate to grab headlines for her attempts to prosecute fellow politicians for their campaign finance violations, but now that her sloppy finances are in the crosshairs, she is singing a different tune. Coakley has come under fire by the Boston Globe for filing sloppy reports and for spending federal money to benefit her statewide campaign efforts - a clear violation of state and federal law. Yet, the state's top cop has yet to address the the charges herself.

"Coakley's silence now that she is on the wrong side of campaign finance violations speaks volumes about her integrity and is a classic case of do as I say, not as I do," said MassGOP Chair Kirsten Hughes, "Her campaign's excuse that they didn't get the email is the 21st century version of the dog ate my homework and unacceptable for the state's top cop."

COAKLEY SAYS: “Political candidates by law are required to accurately report campaign contributions and expenditures” (Carl Stevens "Coakley Sues Lawrence Mayor For Failing To File Campaign Finance Report," CBS Boston, 1/9/13)

COAKLEY DOES: Coakley spent leftover Senate campaign funds to promote run for state office. “Since her failed 2010 Senate bid, Coakley has spent $6,000 in leftover cash to promote a statewide bid for office, much of which appears to be a violation of campaign finance law.” (Frank Philips, “Martha Coakley’s campaign funds in disarray,” Boston Globe, 11/3/13)

COAKLEY SAYS: “Campaign finance laws ensure the integrity of the electoral system. These disclosures are important to let voters know where candidates’ contributions are coming from and to help them make informed decisions about who to support.”(AG Martha Coakley, “Lawrence Mayor Sued by AG’s Office and Office for Campaign and Political Finance for Inaccurate Reporting and Potentially Illegal Cash Contributions,” Press Release, 10/27/13)

COAKLEY DOES: Coakley spent $35,000 from her nascent federal account on services that boost fundraising efforts while running for governor. "On top of that, Coakley also spent $35,000 from her federal fund — a huge amount for a scarcely active account — on software that helps to maintain a candidate’s fund-raising and volunteer database" (Frank Phillips, “Martha Coakley’s campaign funds in disarray,” Boston Globe, 11/3/13)

COAKLEY SAYS: "Candidates and their treasurers are required by law to accurately record campaign contributions and preserve all records of expenses. These laws are critical to the integrity of our campaign finance system, ensuring greater transparency and protecting against the misuse of campaign funds." (AG Coakley, "Former State Representative, Campaign Treasurer Indicted for Failing to Properly Report Campaign Contributions, Expenses," Press Release, 7/21/11)

COAKLEY DOES: Coakley repeatedly filed inaccurate and sloppy finance reports resulting in a financial "nightmare" for her federal account. "Coakley’s federal accounts are replete with inaccurate numbers. The result is an accounting nightmare that makes it unclear whether the committee is now running a substantial deficit or has cash on hand, according to its quarterly FEC reports."(Frank Phillips, “Martha Coakley’s campaign funds in disarray,” Boston Globe, 11/3/13)

COAKLEY SAYS: "This is at this stage an unacceptable ignorance on his part and ignoring of the law. There is no excuse for it in our mind and we plan to enforce it.” (Carl Stevens "Coakley Sues Lawrence Mayor For Failing To File Campaign Finance Report," CBS Boston, 1/9/13)

COAKLEY DOES: Coakley's Spokesman claimed the violations went on uncorrected for years because they never got an email. (Frank Phillips, "Republican party wants special investigation of Coakley," Boston Globe, 11/4/13)