BOSTON -- The fallout from Friday's arrest and indictment of Sen. Brian Joyce (D) continues for Democrats. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is refusing to answer whether they will return donations mentioned in the indictment that were part of Joyce's scheme to "conceal his corrupt relationship" with a donor referenced in the indictment.
No Response From Dems On Allegedly Corrupt Coffee Cash
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
By Colin Young
Amid eye-grabbing allegations about the hundreds of pounds of free coffee former Democratic Sen. Brian Joyce corruptly accepted, federal prosecutors claim Joyce directed his coffee supply man to give $10,000 to the Massachusetts Democratic Party in order to "conceal his corrupt relationship."
The state Democratic Party on Friday began combing through its records to find out if the donations mentioned in the 102-page indictment of Joyce were ever made. It is unclear what the Democrats have found. A party spokeswoman did not return New Service inquiries about the indictment Tuesday or Wednesday.
The indictment unsealed Friday charges that Joyce had a corrupt relationship with the owner of several coffee franchises and that in December 2011 he directed the owner to donate $10,000 to the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
"Each check should be for $5000, with no reference to me," Joyce allegedly emailed the owner on Dec. 14, 2011.
Campaign finance records from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance list two $5,000 donations from a Sharon-based Dunkin' Donuts franchise owner who has been linked to Joyce and his wife made on Dec. 28, 2011 to the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee.
"We are combing through our records to determine if this donation was made," Democratic Party spokeswoman Emily Fitzmaurice said in an email Friday afternoon. "If so, it will be returned or donated to charity."