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Chris Elliott, um, Bud Jackson reveals all his pro-Walsh ads were paid for with union money

Jackson reports the donors behind $1-million+ in ad buys.

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Powerful position get money from unions. Mainly SEIU. warren, markey, and deval all received large sums from unions.

Question. Are taxed funded unuion (teachers, cops, firefighter) allowed to donate to local election?

Because they shouldn't. It creates an environment where election are being swayed by tax consumers (union employees) vs tax contributors (regular citizens).

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Walsh got way more money from unions proportionally than the people mentioned. The unions bought him the election by giving him a huge cash and GOTV machine at the end of the election and Connolly was not able to effectively counter it. We'll see if that's just because they supported his positions or whether there is a more specific expectation in terms of the BPD, BTU, BFD contracts.

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Only time will tell, but it's sad that the peoples voice is so mute compared to union funding. Regardless I wouldn't have voted for Conlley, I think he sacrificed his kid education for a political position. But once again, only time we'll tell. But I see him pulling his kids from BPS and moving now that it not politically beneficial to keep his kid in poor schools.

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Wait a minute...is THAT what we BPS parents have been doing all this time? Crikey--why did no one TELL ME?!!

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To BPS. As someone who attended both private and BPS, BPS hs a f'n shit hole.

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I'm glad you;ve made that decision. I wouldn't want BPS kids exposed to your spawn.

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... but you are not exactly making a case for private schools with your unedited posts.

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I wouldn't send anybody your future kids either.

Win for most incoherent post. And yes--my BPS -Ivy League kid sends you a tip of the hat.

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Just think of Connolly's poor kids - they're attending a turnaround school in the BPS so are now doomed to a life of failure and misfortune. It's like a Greek tragedy or something.

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My 3 kids went from Connolly's kid's school (the Trotter) to BLS to Ivy League colleges. And, unlike their counterparts in suburban and private schools, they went to college with a worldly sense of the rich diversity of an urban population. Guess, I really sacrificed them , huh?

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What, Brown or Penn? If they didn't go to Harvard, then yes, you clearly sacrificed their futures for personal reasons.

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... you have a really good chance of getting into Harvard/

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I was going to make a similar point about the kid the Globe reporter befriended who got into Yale. Yale? Yeah, it is a college.

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They want their snarky post back!

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Like a library would be. You need to take a test to get in. And most of the kids probably don't grow up in an "urban" enviornment. And less than 1% get some sort of special education benefits there. Basically as private as you can get without charging tuition.

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Have you been there? Despite the mystical aura that hovers over it, it is very much a public school though yes, of course it has a lower special needs population and to some extent a different racial and income demographic. I think you'd be surprised though. It's pretty bare bones. And wth is an "urban environment?"

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And no, it really isn't like other public schools. If you live in Newton, you get to go to North or South. If you live in Weston, you get to go to Weston High School, etc ,etc. I don't know what an urban environment is, but the person above mentioned it. I assumed they meant like Madison Park rather than Brookline High (which is basically a Boston Latin with more rif-raff)

I really do think BLS keeps the busing situation alive, as it placates enough Boston residents to not care enough about what happens to the rest of the kids that don't get into the school.

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If you grow up in the city of Boston, you live by definition in an "urban environment" and if you attend any Boston public school, from the Trotter to BLS, you're exposed to a pretty broad slice of Boston. And about a third of the kids at BLS qualify for free or reduced price lunch. You just sound to me as if you know what you're talking about.

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The Trotter's no longer a "turnaround school" - it's improved so much it's now a top-tier school, thanks partly to all the money and resources the city and state put into it, but also due to dedicated parents like, yes, John Connolly.

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It looks like the funds were mostly from private sector unions. AFSCME gave $100,000, which don't get me wrong is a lot, but is half of what the Laborers' Union gave. The National Association of Government Employees, which I don't think represents any city employees, gave $20,000. The Boston Firefighters Credit Union gave $60,000, which seems odd unless they are truly a branch of IAFF Local 718. SEIU 509 gave a bit, but they are more affected by state laws, so perhaps payback to Walsh for efforts on Beacon Hill. That's still a minority of the $1.2 millions donated.

No, most of the money seems to have come from the building trades unions, Marty's origins. One could claim that this means that building projects in the city will have to be built with union labor, but that was the way under Menino. This was a source of tension at the Greater Boston Labor Council. The private unions loved Menino since they prospered under him, while the public unions hated him since, in their view, he squeezed them.

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The argument where tax consumers shouldn't be allowed to donate is BS. Developers looking for breaks, employees supporting a mayor who helps out their business, residents who like the brand new playground built in their neighborhood - everyone in the city is a 'tax consumer' and to claim otherwise is maker/taker nonsense. Public sector unions are just one element of a city budget.

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"Tax funded Unionized" consumers, not "tax consumers", everyone is a tax consumer. But not everyone's income, and future income is based of off public policy and taxed funded unionized payroll.

It reduces the majority from being able to voice our opinion!

There is more un unionized residents in boston than there are unionized residents. Call me crazy but I thought our democracy was "for the people, by the people" not "for the unions by the unions."

But then again I'm socially liberal and fiscally moderate, so I guess I don't understand your socialist ideals.

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now please sign up for a UH account; more people will pay attention. and Merry Christmas!

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Democracy means that because 5000 more people voted for Walsh, he won. The fact that Connolly didn't win doesn't mean 'the majority' didn't get to voice its opinion.

I voted for Connolly and think he was the better choice, but no-one had their right to vote impacted here.

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For what it's worth, Menino did not take money from city employees as a city councilor or mayor.

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Where would you draw the line? Who of the following should be forbidden from donating money to political candidates?

  1. Unionized municipal employees, whose salaries are paid with tax dollars
  2. Non-unionized municipal employees, whose salaries are paid with tax dollars
  3. Elected officials, whose salaries are paid with tax dollars
  4. Owners of businesses who earn their income in part or whole from tax dollars, say for example a business that sells heating oil to city buildings
  5. Employees of businesses who earn their income in part or whole from tax dollars
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Once you pay a municipal employee (or any other for that matter) for their services, that money is theirs to do with as they please. That includes contributing to political candidates within the established limits. The source of the money is irrelevant. The same goes for all the others listed above.

Note that I'm specifically referring to individual contributions, as that is what's in the above list.

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The police officers all get paid and agree to give a portion of those paychecks to a union. That union can then do what they want with the money they collect.

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