Dozens Of Democrat Officials, Candidates Used Potentially Illegal Fundraising Scheme

BOSTON -- A new Boston Globe "Spotlight" investigation exposes a donation scheme - involving a major Democrat law firm and several prominent Massachusetts Democrats - that appears to violate campaign finance rules regarding individual contributions. An analysis of FEC and OCPF records indicates that dozens of Massachusetts Democrats stopped in at Thornton LLP to take advantage of a fundraising scheme in which the law firm provided bonuses to employees who donate to Democrat candidates.

"It's troubling to see that so many Massachusetts Democrats have taken donations from a firm that ran a potentially illegal fundraising scheme designed to circumvent campaign finance rules," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Regulators at OCPF and the FEC must immediately investigate this Democrat fundraising scheme and the candidates who participated in it, to ensure the integrity of our campaign finance system." 
Below is a list of candidates who accepted donations from Thornton lawyers (source: OCPF, FEC)


Candidate / Organization Donations From Thornton Lawyers
Massachusetts Democratic State Committee $181,400
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren + "PAC For A Level Playing Field" $129,520
US Rep. Joe Kennedy $61,950
US Sen. Ed Markey $51,600
US Rep. Bill Keating $48,400
Mayor Marty Walsh $34,200
US Rep. Michael Capuano $30,400
Rep. Garrett Bradley $27,925
Rep. Cory Atkins $18,150
Treasurer Deb Goldberg $9,500
US Rep. Katherine Clark $8,100
Attorney General Maura Healey $7,000
Rep. Alice Peisch $6,750
Rep. Walter Timilty $5,300
US Rep. Stephen Lynch $3,500
US Rep. Seth Moulton $3,500
US Rep. Niki Tsongas $2,500
Secretary Bill Galvin $2,500
Rep. William Galvin $2,250
Committee for a Democratic House PAC $2,250
Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry $2,000
Rep. Claire Cronin $2,000
Sen. Barbara L’Italien $1,250
Senate President Stan Rosenberg $1,000
Democrat Party Chair Candidate Steve Kerrigan $1,000
Rep. Dan Cullinane $1,000
Sen. Brian Joyce $800
Rep. Ted Speliotis $750
Speaker Robert DeLeo $750
Rep. Candidate Joan Meschino $550
Sen. Dan Wolf $500
Rep. John Velis $500
Sen. Karen Spilka $500
Sen. Jason Lewis $500
Rep. Kay Kahn $500
Rep. Daniel Hunt $500
Rep. Danielle Gregoire $500
Sen. James Timilty $250
Rep. Dan Donahue $250
Rep. James Cantwell $250