Globe Reports Martha Coakley Has a Federal Campaign Finance Problem

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported that Martha Coakley has some big campaign finance problems looming with her federal account.

As attorney general, Martha Coakley has doggedly pursued campaign finance scofflaws, yet Coakley, now a candidate for governor, has also used her own federal political account for questionable expenditures, while allowing the war chest to fall into fiscal disarray.

Since her failed 2010 Senate bid, Coakley has spent$6,000 in leftover cash to promote a statewide bid for office, much of which appears to be a violation of campaign finance law.

State law prohibits the use of federal campaign funds to support a state race. Coakley has consistently signaled that she is not interested in another Senate run and since 2010 had said that she would instead run for reelection as attorney general, before changing her mind and announcing a bid for governor last month.

Yet she dipped into her federal account to pay for an advertisement and fees at the state party convention that highlighted her position as attorney general, a move her aides say was a mistake. Several months later, she again used the federal cash to travel to the national party convention.

The Massachusetts Republican Party, today, will be addressing Coakley’s alleged campaign finance violations today, in a press conference.

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The Republican Party sent out the following press release last evening.

BOSTON, Mass.-On Monday, Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes will hold a press conference with reporters to react to the allegations against Attorney General Martha Coakley uncovered in today’s Boston Globe exposé by Frank Phillips, a portion of which is provided below.

The following event is open to all credentialed media:

What: Kirsten Hughes holds a press conference on allegations against Attorney General Martha Coakley.

When: Monday, November 4, 2013, 11:00 AM

Where: MassGOP HQ, 85 Merrimac Street, Boston MA

Red Mass Group will update as Kirsten Hughes remarks become available.

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