Marlborough Republican City Committee Cleared by Office of Campaign Finance

There is no reason to believe that either [Marlborough Republican City Committe or MIPAC] violated the campaign finance law.  If an individual gives $5,000 in the aggregate to state and local political committees organized on behalf of a politicla party and also gives $500 to a PAC that supports some of the same candidates supported by the party committee, the campaign finance law does not prohibit the making of such contributions.  Such contributions are permitted notwithstanding the fact that contributors might also have made their own contributions to candidates supported by the party or the PAC.  In addition, a local party committee may make contributions to candidates outside of the municipality in which the committee is organized. – Office of Campaign and Political Finance – March 28, 2012 Letter to the Marlborough Republican City Committee

No matter how many times the Massachsuetts Democratic Party whined about the Marlborough City Committee, one thing was always true.  What the committee did was absolutely 100% legal.  It is in fact something this blogger has been encouraging local candidates to do for a while, that is use a local and town committee as an adjunct fundraising committee.  

This has always been about the Democratic machine looking for a way to stop an effective means of campaign financing of Republican candidates, and not about whether it was legal or not.  Walsh and his sidekick Kevin Franck, thought they could intimidate the Marlborough Republican City Committee into not participating in electoral politics state-wide.  What they didn’t count on was running into Paul Ferro.  Who doesn’t back down.

Now that we are past this humorous charade, it’s time to more closely look at how the Democrats candidates get funded.  Look for more of that in the upcoming few days.  

As a start, perhaps Walsh and Franck could call Steve May, and tell him he shouldn’t be using his campaign account to fund his drive-thru habit.

Full letter after the jump.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul R. Ferro

    April 2, 2012 paulferro@mac.com

    508-380-4028

    MassDems Wrong,  Marlborough GOP in Full Compliance with Campaign Finance Laws

    Marlborough: After a short investigation, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) has dismissed a complaint against the Marlborough Republican City Committee by Massachusetts Democrats.

    In late February, the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee filed a complaint regarding the fundraising efforts of the Marlborough Republican Committee.  Less than one month after the complaint was originally filed, OCPF has found the complaint to be without merit.

    In a brief, three-paragraph, letter dated March 29th to Marlborough Republican City Committee Chairman Paul R. Ferro, OCPF General Counsel Gregory Birne wrote:

    “There is no reason to believe that (the) committee violated the campaign finance law” further stating “In addition, a local party committee may make contributions to candidates outside of the municipality in which the committee is organized.”

    Said Chairman Ferro “As I have stated previously, the Democrats complaint was completely without merit, and outright laughable.  It is a pity that Democrat Chairman John Walsh chose to waste OCPF’s time on a complaint he knew to be completely baseless.  If Mr. Walsh spent as much vigor rooting out Democratic Party corruption on Beacon Hill, perhaps the Massachusetts Democrat Party wouldn’t be considered, as the Boston Herald called it, a ‘criminal enterprise.'”

    Continued Chairman Ferro: “I look forward to the Marlborough Republican City Committee being as effective at electing quality, reform-minded Republican candidates to State and local office in 2012 as we were in 2010 and 2011.  I hope all Republicans in the City of Marlborough will join what the Massachusetts Republican Party labeled ‘a highly effective group.'”

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  • BrocktonDave

    …how the democrats play their tricks and can make them work for us, they cry foul.

    At least when we do it, it’s honest.

    Cry all you want, we figured out a way around you.

  • (pounds fist on table)