I like to check out the people who are running for public office and there are a lot of nice tools around that make it easy to do just that. We have OpenSecrets.org to check out the national contributions list.
There is also a way to check out contributions in Massachusetts to political candidates. I can visit the website for the OCPF Electronic Filing & Campaign Disclosure System online( http://www.efs2.cpf.state.ma.u… ) and see who is giving money within our state.
Imagine my surprise when I found that Ed O’Reilly, a Democratic challenger to John Kerry for the US Senate nomination, has given to Republican Suffolk Sheriff Frank G. Cousins,Jr. Ed gave him money not once or twice, but four times.
The Globe reported a while back that the State GOP tried to recruit Cousins to take on Ted Kennedy for Senate in the 2005-06 election cycle. So, Ed O’Reilly, who claims to be the purest Democrat in all of the Commonwealth, gave money to a Republican who was being groomed to take on Ted Kennedy. (Globe: http://www.boston.com/news/loc… )
The Mass OCPF site says that O’Reilly gave $250 to Cousins in March and July of 2005 and then again in March and August of 2006.
So is Ed really a True-Blue Democrat as he claims or a Lieberman Democrat who hedges his bets,disregards Party loyalty and rewards friends. I really want to know.