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    It's business as usual in Massachusetts. These people are all the same.


    Patrick fund-raising arrangement skirts law

    Donations channeled through Democratic Party

    Email|Print| Text size – + By Frank Phillips
    Globe Staff / January 23, 2008

    Governor Deval Patrick has set up a novel political fund-raising system that allows him to skirt the state's campaign finance law by channeling big contributions through the state Democratic Party, which, in turn, has paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars of the governor's political expenses.

    more stories like thisUnder the unique arrangement, Patrick, who ran for election sharply criticizing the "politics of money and connections," is raising contributions far in excess of the individual limit of $500 for a political candidate. Now, in many cases he is getting as much as $5,500 from individual lobbyists, corporate executives, developers, and other supporters.

    The money goes into a special pot of money called the Seventy-First Fund (after Patrick's standing as the 71st governor) which, under a written agreement between the Patrick campaign and the Democratic Party, serves as a conduit to divide up contributions.

    Each donation is split between Patrick's own campaign committee, which receives the maximum allowed individual contribution of $500, and the state Democratic Party, which receives $5,000, the most an individual can contribute to a political party. The party then uses most of the receipts to pay off the Patrick's campaign committee's bills; in 2007, the party paid $339,000 of governor's expenses, including bills for his media consultant, banquet halls, a ball room and buffets, website development, and more.


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