I would like to propose that Blue Mass Group support David D’Arcangelo for Secretary of State.
I have been on BMG about ten years – long enough to absorb what is important to you (in a hive-mind way) and what you believe in. I don’t agree with some of your solutions to problems, but we often agree on what constitutes a problem. And your party’s Secretary of State falls into that category.
You are firm upholders of transparency and public access. Sec. Galvin is not. For example, every year private and non-profit corporations must file a list of the members of their Boards of Directors and pay $15 to the Secretary for the privilege. The forms – some handwritten – are scanned into the state database and are thus considered ‘disclosed’. Yet in a different state department, OCPF, you can look up an individual name and find each candidate donated to, what campaigns paid that individual, and so on. Why is there not such an interactive database in the Corporations Division? Yes, if you already KNOW that Fred Jones of Amalgamated Clothespin Devices also sits on the board of Clothespin Devices for the Needy, a 501-c-3 which grants Amalgamated a nice tax write-off for donated defective clothespins, you can find confirmation by checking the scanned records. But why why not have a truly searchable database of corporations? Because Sec. Galvin doesn’t feel the need to make public information accessible?
You have doubtless read in the Globe of the significant no-bid contracts that the Secretary gave to an out-of-state firm that also did his campaign work since there were no qualified companies in Massachusetts. D’Acangelo tried to bring this to the public’s attention months ago by making a public records request, but Galvin refused to comply or compile, demanding a figure north of $5,000 to produce the records which ostensibly belong to the public. Now, we know why – but how many other such arrangements lurk beneath the surface of the business in his office? By keeping records and documents inaccessible, the office has become a haven for shady practice.
D’Arcangelo has an Eleven Point Plan to update and streamline the Secretary of State’s office – you can read it on his web site. He has a real commitment to modern methods and technology, and is an honest and ethical person. His platform and ideas are ones that are very much in the BMG wheel-house, and you should support him.
What’s the Machiavellian part of this?
Well, in all these decades, you have never been able to mount a more progressive challenger against Galvin in a primary. I will presume that his is not due to fear of retribution from the Elections Division against candidates you might also support – we all know that kind of thing can never happen in Massachusetts, BUT – a first term Republican incumbent would be uniquely vulnerable to a progressive challenger in 4 years and BMG could then try to elect a Democrat more to their liking.
I am betting that David would in fact survive such a challenge as I think he will do that good a job, but either way – we would be shed of Sec. Galvin.
Come to the dark side just this once – it would be for the public good (and besides, we have cookies!)
Yr. Obedient Servant,