Brian Joyce's Shady Kickback

Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) may have received an unethical discount for gifts - specifically sunglasses - that he purchased for his colleagues.

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 deal.pngAccording to the Boston Globe: 

"Senator Brian A. Joyce last month gave everyone in the 40-member state Senate gold-plated designer sunglasses, the same kind worn by celebrities Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Johnny Depp. That not being quite enough, he customized them with each senator’s name engraved on the side.

But the shades, meant to generate good cheer among Joyce’s colleagues at a time the Milton Democrat was seeking to join Senate leadership, may come with a tint of a different kind. Retailing for $234 to $244, the glasses may violate state ethics rules for the cut-rate price that Joyce paid for them.

Joyce originally negotiated a price of just $50 a pair from the company, Randolph Engineering, according to a spokesman for the firm.

Even with that deep, 75 percent discount, Joyce didn’t pay the bill until after the Globe inquired about the purchase last week."

The MassGOP sent a notice to the Ethics Commission urging an investigation.

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