This was reported today by WBZ:
Governor Deval Patrick is facing questions over some contributions he received during his campaign for governor. The donations came from employees of two firms building a new development in Cambridge.
It gets worse:
Dan O’Connell and Greg Bialecki were both involved in the Northpoint development in Cambridge. O’Connell is now Patrick’s Secretary of Housing and Development. Bialecki is one of Patrick’s top aides involved in real estate permitting.
In February, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled against the Northpoint construction project in a lawsuit brought by a Cambridge neighborhood group. About three weeks later, the governor filed legislation that would reverse the court’s ruling on development over tidelands.
And even worse:
Now we are learning that Governor Deval Patrick received more than $12,500 in campaign contributions from Northpoint’s development firms last year. The Associated Press says O’Connell and Bialecki each donated $1,000.
Patrick is defending the bill, saying it was not directed at a single development but rather is for the sake of all coastal developments. He says that Bialecki and O’Connell were in no way involved in the legislation.
Can the citizens of the Commonwealth expect to see this type of thing over and over for the next 4 years? Is the press just being too nit-picky? Is this worrisome?