“The Connaughton campaign’s claim that she doesn’t accept contributions from political action committees or lobbyists is clearly wrong,” Fortune continued. “Both Connaughton and Bump are long-term Beacon Hill insiders who have amassed sizable campaign contributions from lobbyists and industries doing business with our Commonwealth.” National Institute for Money in State Politics records reveal that as of mid summer, Connaughton had already received over $16,000 in itemized contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate industries, and Bump, a former lobbyist for the American Insurance Association, had received over $8,000.
“The irony is,” noted Fortune, “Mary Connaughton is right. In accepting donations from lobbyists and special interests, Bump has impaired her ability to be independent, and, in Connaughton’s words, has ‘already sold the public out.’ But Connaughton is in the same boat.”
Concluded Fortune, “as the only candidate for this office who truly does not accept contributions from lobbyists, and a member of the only political party in Massachusetts that doesn’t accept contributions from corporations and lobbyists, voters can be confident that as state auditor, I will answer only to the people of Massachusetts.”
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