Thursday, January 21, 2016

Spy told you so

"State Sen. Brian A. Joyce will pay nearly $5,000 for tapping campaign funds to pay for his son’s 2014 high school graduation party under an agreement made public by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance Wednesday.

In a press release, campaign finance officials said Joyce used campaign funds for personal expenses and failed to disclose campaign finance activity or keep detailed records. But regulators did not require Joyce to admit any wrongdoing as part of the deal.

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In a prepared statement, Joyce said the investigation included “no finding of wrongdoing on my part.”

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Joyce was required to use his own money, not campaign funds, to pay the total -- $3,367, which was the amount of campaign funds he spent on the graduation party and an additional $1,250. The payments will go to the Massachusetts Hospital School and other local charities, according to the agreement. If he fails to comply with the agreement in the future, he will be required to pay another $1,250.

“The results of this investigation, along with the numerous reports of Brian Joyce’s ethical problems, only confirm that the Democrats’ culture of corruption is alive and well on Beacon Hill,” said Terry McCormack, a spokesman for Massachusetts Republicans.

The Boston Globe,  January 21, 2016

The Massachusetts Spy,  January 13, 2016

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