If you’ve been following the Tim Murray, Mike McLaughlin story you know that at the center of it, as far as the allegations of patronage go is John Zimini, Dracut Selectman. This weekend the Lowell Sun did an expose outlining that Murray allegedly helped John Zimini with getting a job, after Suzanne Bump wanted to fire him.
What it doesn’t talk about is that in 2009 and 2010 John Zimini appeared to be unemployed until landing a job with the state. According to the blog Dracut Politics in an article written on July 26, 2010 Zimini had been out of work for a period of time before landing a new State Job, at Mass Housing.
It got me thinking of the amount of money that goes into Murray’s coffers from politicos in Dracut, especially Selectman John Zimini. It’s no secret that Zimini was out of work until last year (or was it earlier this year, I can’t remember) when he landed a state job. Since July 1, 2009, Zimini has donated $500 to Murray, Zimini’s wife has donated $650, and Zimini’s daughter has donated $500. That’s $1,650 in over a year from one family (and most of it was at one fundraiser in June). Since 2007, the Zimini family (and the committee to elect John Zimini) has donated a total of $2,775 to Murray.
Looking back at records from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance the contention of this blogger seems to be true. No occupation was listed on Zimini’s donations in 2007, 2008, or 2009 when he gave over the $200 reporting threshold in those years. Even though he worked for Suzanne Bump in the Executive Office of Workforce Development as an investigator at that time. In June of 2010 he finally listed an occupation, that of “Investigator with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on a donation. 2010 was coincidentally the year that three members of the Zimini family, John, His Wife Kristin, and his daughter Alyssa gave $500 each to the Tim Murray Campaign on June 29, 2010.
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By August of 2010 it was reported on DracutForum.net) that Zimini was working for Mass Housing.
John Zimini has been careful to recuse himself since it became public knowledge that he works for Mass Housing. Thats good to hear. And it will probably help him some in his election in the spring, because the Louisburg Square issue will follow him there.
So it seems that the timing on Zimini getting the job with MassHousing coincides with his family giving the Murray re-election campaign $1,500 in June of 2010. This is more money than he or his family had previously given to the Lieutenant Governor. It represents over 50% of the total money given to Murray by the Zimini family.
This hardly seems coincidental. I have been, as yet, unable to find the exact dates of the firing by Suzanne Bump and the Hiring at MassHousing. I will be filing public records requests for both of those dates tomorrow.