Mass. AG under fire over campaign finance laws

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November 12, 2013, 6:36 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - As Massachusetts' Attorney General, Martha Coakley is in charge of prosecuting serious violations of state campaign finance law.

But as a candidate for the United States Senate, re-election to Attorney General and now for governor, reports show that Coakley has had her own issues with the campaign finance laws.

A Boston Globe report says that Coakley has spent $6,000 of her federal money on expenses that have promoted her bid for state office, which is not allowed under Massachusetts law, and that her federal committee spent $35,000 on campaign software after the Senate race was over, and that Coakley's campaign account hasn't always added up.

Coakley campaign consultant, Doug Rubin, admits there was one check written to the Democratic Convention from the federal account that should have been written from the state account which has been addressed, adding, "Other than that, though, there are some clerical errors we're working through with the FEC, but those things are being amended and worked through right now with the FEC and will be taken care of very shortly."

Coakley's opponents say any one of those issues, taken individually, at the very least shows poor judgement or disorganization. But when they're put all together, they say it paints a troubling picture of Coakley's candidacy.

Massachusetts GOP Chair Kirsten Hughes has just filed complaints against Coakley with the State Office of Campaign and Political Finance and the Federal Elections Commission.

Hughes points to another Globe report, which shows that Coakley faced a potential FEC investigation three years ago into similar campaign finance violations.

"She's made a name for herself prosecuting folks over the past couple of years for doing exactly what she is accused of it appears she has done. This goes back to a pattern of behavior from Martha Coakley and we need to get to the bottom of this," Hughes says.

The Coakley campaign says a state and federal review of that 2010 issue found no violations of the law.

Tags: Martha Coakley, Alison King, Massachusetts GOP, Kirsten Hughes, Massachusetts Republican Party, MA campaign finance laws, Martha Coakley campaign finance laws
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