Donnelly’s out of district campaign donations are concerning. When looking into which candidate I wanted to support I checked Donnelly’s campaign contributions for the special election against Marzilli. (Hurd had no previous campaigns to view)
The Office of Campaign and Political Finance, linked above, provides this information.
It’s kind of fun to look at candidates around the state and see who donates to them and where their money comes from. It’s all public information.
Donnelly raised $134,181 before the special election, which is frankly pretty impressive for a first time state senate candidate. However, when I looked closer I could find very little individual support and even less from people within the district. I went so far as to do the math I was so taken back by the outside donations. Only 6% ($8,075) of Donnelly’s overall donations came from within the 4th Middlesex District.
Some of the more strange donations include;
$5,000 from the “United Food & Commercial Workers General Fund” in Washington, DC
$14,500 from the “Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts” Boston, MA
(this is an unusually high donation from an interest group)
$5,000 From the “Int’l Firefighters Union” in Washington, DC.
$500 from the “Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers Legislative Board” Cleveland, OH
I find these numbers astonishing and it leaves me with no doubt that Donnelly will support unions and special interests at the cost of the taxpaying community members of the 4th Middlesex District.
It’s naive to think candidates won’t take donations from interest groups, I understand that; however, these numbers went above and beyond what I was comfortable with. I have therefore chosen to support Jack Hurd for State Senate. When I looked at Hurd’s resume of public service compared to Donnelly’s any question I had vanished. Hurd has worked on Educational and Economic issues. Whereas Donnelly is pushing them as part of his campaign, but has never worked on either in the interest of the people of Massachusetts.
In there interest of full disclosure I have gone above mere support and have started volunteering for the Hurd campaign.
Information about Hurd’s experience comes from.