Jim O'Sullivan and Andrew Ryan at the Boston Globe review Mayor-elect Martin Walsh's fundraising efforts since Election Day and find he's continued to raise thousands of dollars in donations, banking $63,000 since Nov. 5th. At the same time, he's helped former Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie retire her campaign debt, hosting a fundraiser just this past Tuesday.
That's no big deal, right?
The reporters admit, it's not unusual for a politician to get contributions from interested parties after he's won, and, "It is not uncommon for a victorious candidate to help a former rival raise money to pay off campaign debt.".
So what's their beef?
What Sullivan and Ryan say is unusual (they use the words "less typical", actually) is for a winning candidate to help a former rival who is now advising him or her, and in this case, Ms Golar Richie is on Mr Walsh's transition team, which raises the question (at least in the Globe's mind) - are people contributing to Golar Richie as a way to curry favor with "Mayor" Walsh?
But, what I find more interesting than the above (which I really don't find very surprising, unexpected, or disturbing) is Charlotte Golar Richie's latest campaign finance report, a copy of which is recreated above. (Courtesy of Jed Hresko.)
Large campaign contributors in Massachusetts are required to state who they work for; if they don't, a candidate is required to at least request this information from the donor. (There's no penalty if the donor doesn't respond, as far as I know.)
As you can see, none of the 29 contributors who gave $500 apiece to Golar Richie on November 13th provided their occupations or employers.
And, what's up with all the misspellings and wrong addresses, as well as incorrect ZIP Codes? (Who doesn't know the ZIP for South Boston is 02127?)
What's that all about?
Disclosure: Yes, I was a John Connolly supporter in this year's election, not that I think it's relevant. My issue is with the campaign contributions, not the candidates themselves. (And, in fact, prior to this year, I was begging Charlotte to run, on Twitter.)