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The Boston Globe Endorses Patricia Saint Aubin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 25, 2014

Contact: Lia Fahey

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"Patricia Saint Aubin has more relevant professional expertise."


NORFOLK, MA - Patricia Saint Aubin earned the endorsement of The Boston Globe. In response to The Boston Globe endorsement, Saint Aubin released the following statement:

"I am so grateful The Boston Globe endorsed my candidacy for Auditor," said Saint Aubin. "The Editorial Board clearly heard my talking points of the diminishing number of audits, the questions surrounding the civil law suit Suzanne Bump is embroiled in, and the helter-skelter work of the few audits produced. Suzanne Bump has overseen a term of consistent of failure. The voters need to send a message and vote in an Auditor with the a B.S. In Accounting and professional auditing experience on November 4. I am that person."

Editorial Endorsement: Patricia Saint Aubin
THE BOSTON GLOBE
10/24/14
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/24/patricia-saint-aubin-for-auditor/T4AU3IIurqxJmOIUj1orXM/story.html?hootPostID=6ce6821b865a77eff0ac278d0a00fbda

THERE ARE 375 state agencies across the Commonwealth, and the state auditor’s office is charged with ferreting out waste and fraud in each one of them. It’s a daunting task, and the office benefits if the person leading it has extensive auditing expertise. While Suzanne Bump, a Democrat who won the office in the 2010 election, has worked to turn around the auditor’s office after years of stagnation under her predecessor, Joe DeNucci, questions remain about her suitability for the role. Her Republican opponent, Patricia Saint Aubin, has more relevant professional expertise.

While the state auditor’s role is largely a managerial one — the office employs about 140 auditors — the head of the office still needs to be able to assess the quality of the audits conducted. Saint Aubin has the training and experience needed to do this. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College in accounting, and has worked as a professional auditor for Shawmut Bank and a brokerage manager for John Hancock Mutual Life.

Bump, on the other hand, doesn’t have these sorts of qualifications. She’s argued that the auditor should function as a kind of management consultant for state government. This approach has had its successes — her office did a notable investigation into electronic benefit transfer card fraud last year — and she should be commended for the steps she took to professionalize the office, such as removing auditors who didn’t have the qualifications needed to do the job properly.

But there are indications the office is still struggling. The number of audits Bump and her team have conducted has decreased every year she’s been in office, from 133 in 2011 to fewer than 70 last year. (According to state law, each agency must be examined once every three years, which requires the auditor to conduct 125 audits a year.) Bump contends that there has been a corresponding uptick in the quality of the work done by the office. But it’s not clear the auditor’s office is casting a wide enough net. For example, Bump’s 2013 audit of the Department of Environmental Protection — which received $55 million in state funding that year — only examined the agency’s policies toward automobiles and its procurement practices for cellphones. Saint Aubin argues that abuses are more likely to be identified when more agencies are audited in a systematic way.

Another question mark is a lawsuit that Bump is facing from a former staffer, Laura Marlin, who alleges that Bump conducted electioneering activities out of her State House office. Being sued is not evidence of guilt, and Bump denies the accusations, which she chalks up to a disgruntled employee. Then again, Marlin wasn’t a low-level holdover from the DeNucci era. She served as Bump’s campaign manager in 2010, and subsequently served as her first deputy auditor. It appears that, at a minimum, Bump failed to keep the auditor’s office entirely free of campaign-related activities.

None of these concerns are necessarily damning. But Saint Aubin offers a credible alternative to Bump, and has the professional expertise needed to ensure that the work done by the office is of the highest quality. Voters should feel comfortable voting for her on Nov. 4.

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Boston Herald Endorses Heffernan For Treasurer

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Date: October 25, 2014
Contact: Brendan Moss
Email: bmoss@MikeHeffernan2014.com
Cell: 617-850-2193

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BOSTON - The Boston Herald today endorsed Mike Heffernan for Treasurer, citing Mike's experience in financial management and his understanding of the fiscal challenges facing the state:

For a first-time candidate Republican Mike Heffernan has a remarkably firm grasp on the financial issues confronting the commonwealth and the role the state treasurer can play in tackling them. The Herald is pleased to endorse Heffernan for state treasurer.

The treasurer’s office has a broad portfolio, from overseeing the investment of state pension dollars to running the Lottery and regulating licensed liquor establishments, in addition to managing the state’s cash deposits and its debt. Heffernan, a veteran of the financial services industry with a strong management background, has all the skills the state’s chief financial officer would need.

He pledges to build on the community investment program initiated by outgoing Treasurer Steve Grossman, and he promises he’d play a strong watchdog role, particularly when it comes to the growing level of state debt.

For example, Heffernan has slammed Beacon Hill’s move to float more than $1 billion in new bonds to finance an expansion of the state’s practically-new convention center. He’d use the power of the treasurer’s office to red flag such extravagances when they further burden already burdened taxpayers with more debt. He’d be a treasurer with an unrelenting eye on the bottom line — and the willingness to challenge the status quo on Beacon Hill.

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Yes-on-1: TOLD YOU SO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2014
CONTACT:
Holly Robichaud
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Money Diverted from Highways

Boston, MA — Today Yes on 1 organizers, Steve Aylward and Rep. Geoff Diehl, criticized the Patrick Administration for diverting funds away from road repair to pay a Chinese company to manufacture MBTA trains.

“Since the beginning of this campaign we have said that Yes on 1 is about accountability. Our opponents have claimed more money is needed for roads and bridges. Just like the last time the gas tax was raised, the money is going to be diverted,” said Aylward.

According to the Department of Transportation, the state is contracting with a Chinese manufacturer to spend $556 million on MBTA cars. The money funding this project is from the gas taxes increases of last year.

The last time the gas tax was raised only $7.4 million of the $120 million in new taxes went to roads. It was raided.

“Automatic tax hikes are nothing more than a money grab from people who can least afford it. Automatically increasing the gas tax will not fix the roads and bridges. Only accountability will,” said Diehl.

According to the Reason Foundation, the Commonwealth ranks first in diverting highway funds away from road and bridge repair.

“The diverting of funds is not shocking news when we pay $78,000 per mile in administration costs. It is time to stop the taxpayer abuse. We urge people to vote yes on 1,” said Diehl.

The attorney for the group is former U.S. Attorney Mike Sullivan.

For more information visit Tankthegastax.org.

D’ARCANGELO: “FULL INVESTIGATION OF SECRETARY OF STATE NEEDED”

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Date: October 22, 2014
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New Revelations About Galvin Secrecy and PSA Abuse Worthy of Probe

MALDEN, MA – Oct. 22, 2014 - Today, Dave D’Arcangelo, candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth, delivered complaints to the State Ethics Commission, the Office of Campaign & Political Finance, the state’s Controller, the Auditor, the Inspector General and the Attorney General a day after a Boston Globe story that details “Firms that aided his campaigns gets state work.” The campaign released the following statement from D’Arcangelo:

“This is the second front page Boston Globe story about Secretary Galvin operating his office in a secretive way and misusing taxpayer dollars to benefit himself politically. These new revelations rise to the level where the Commonwealth’s taxpayers deserve a full investigation into whether or not any laws were broken and how exactly Secretary Galvin is spending our money,” said D’Arcangelo. “Regardless of the outcome on November 4th, I will continue to press Secretary Galvin on this issue and encourage other members of the media to hold him accountable.”


Background

For two decades now, Secretary of State William F. Galvin has strictly enforced compliance with state lobbying laws, securities regulations, and corporate filings. And as the keeper of official records, he’s also a stickler for making sure state agencies retain important public records.

Yet Galvin’s own office has only scant records of his own decisions to award state contracts totaling nearly $440,000 over 10 years to a Washington-based political consulting firm that has done work for three of his reelection campaigns.

“In William Galvin’s contracts, little public process," Walter V. Robinson, Boston Globe, October 21, 2014

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