Boston- Today, MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes announced the Party will file complaints with the FEC and the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance following a scathing Boston Globe report showing Attorney General Martha Coakley likely violated campaign finance laws and mismanaged campaign funds. Coakley must publicly address this matter, make public all the information about the $35,000 in database spending, and allow an independent third party to investigate because she clearly cannot be trusted to investigate herself. While Coakley has so far referred all inquiries to a campaign spokesman, Hughes called on the state's top cop to address media herself and release information regarding campaign expenditures the Boston Globe alleged were in violation of the law.
"These allegations that Attorney General Coakley violated multiple campaign finance laws and mismanaged her campaign cash are red flags for someone looking to become governor and manage the state’s finances." Chairman Hughes stated,"Coakley must address the media, publicly release the related information and allow an independent third party to investigate these matters because she clearly cannot be trusted to investigate herself."
Remarks by MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes
Press Conference, 11 a.m., November 4, 2013
Thank you all for coming today.
The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Martha Coakley may have violated multiple campaign finance laws aimed at keeping politicians honest.
No one is above the law, especially those in law enforcement and especially the Attorney General – the state's top law enforcement officer.
These are serious allegations – not simply accounting errors – and suggest violations of both state and federal law that need to be fully and independently investigated.
The citizens of MA deserve to hear directly from the AG on this matter, and deserve a detailed release of information to support the statements her spokesman made to the Boston Globe.
Yesterday’s report alleges that not only are Coakley’s finances a mess – a troubling sign for someone looking to become governor and manage the state’s finances – but that laws were broken.
Specifically, it appears Coakley has sought to use funds from her federal account to benefit her campaign for state office.
The MassGOP will file complaints with the FEC and with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance in efforts to bring the truth to light.
Because the Attorney General is supposed to be the chief enforcer of campaign finance laws, an independent third party is needed to conduct an investigation of these very serious allegations.
She cannot be trusted to investigate herself. That much is clear.
Coakley should speak with reporters today to clear up these serious allegations. The state’s top cop should not hide behind a spokesman.
Coakley should turn over the details of the contract and the work product for the $35,000 fundraising database project funded by her federal campaign account. There is no other way to know whether that work benefited her campaign for state office.
Let me reiterate – this report is alarming – and calls into question not only her fitness for the office of governor but also her ability to carry out her duties as Attorney General.
Coakley needs to address these issues publicly today and turn over the details of the questionable expenditures as well.