Parente owns a gas station downtown. In front of the gas station is a large sign that he periodically changes. Recently he changed the sign to a campaign message (in effect, “vote for me”.) Can he legally do this?
I know that corporations are not allowed to donate money to campaigns in MA. What about non-monetary support?
If he is a sole proprietorship, does that make it OK?
In the primary, Kate won Hudson and Maynard and lost Bolton and Stow to Ellen Sturgis. Up until the Hudson votes were reported, Kate was down about 30 votes (the other three towns reported much faster than Hudson). She won Hudson by about 300 votes.
In the third Middlesex, Hudson is the heavyweight. If a candidate wins Hudson big, they could likely win the seat without winning Maynard, Stow or Bolton. However, if Hudson is close, then the other three towns come into play.
While Parente has an advantage in Hudson (and supported by the Celucci family, and he has a PAC with cash), Kate seems to have an advantage in the other three towns. She lived in Maynard for a long time before moving to Stow and of course, she’s a long time democrat.
IMHO, Kate will have to keep Hudson close and win in the three other towns.