Attorney General Martha Coakley, the first Democrat to pull nomination papers in a potentially packed race for U.S. Senate, spent $24,000 from her state campaign account on consultants in the past two months even though she faces no challengers for the 2010 attorney general race.
The spending comes after Coakley faced scrutiny earlier this year for spending $25,000 out of her state account on a poll asking questions about her potential federal campaign. Coakley said at the time that a portion of the poll was paid for with a legal secret account held to test the waters for a federal race. Candidates for U.S. Senate can only use money collected by their federal campaigns toward federal races, according to elections law.
Alex Zaroulis, head of Coakley’s communications for the Senate run, said yesterday she was paid $2,000 from Coakley’s state account because she was originally hired for the attorney general’s race.
Other consultants Coakley recently paid out of her state account include $9,000 to 4C Partners, a Washington D.C. consulting company, and $4,000 to Factotum, a Westford company headed by Democratic operative Gus Bickford.