Stopping the Sellout to Big Money
The power of big money in politics is stealing our democracy. Politicians are so busy "dialing for dollars" that they don't have time to listen to the voices of the people that elected them. They enter office with favors to repay to their big donors. The result is shifting of taxes from corporations to workers, tax money wasted in giveaways to big money players, overpricing of health care, and weakening of environmental protection and consumer protection.
The people of Massachusetts deserve a clean money campaign system that allows candidates to run for office without selling out to big money interests. Citizen candidates who refuse to take tainted money should be able to compete on a level playing field with candidates like Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, and Tim Cahill, who have tapped vast amounts of special interest money and patronage money to fuel their campaigns.
The voters of Massachusetts called for fundamental changes when they voted for the Clean Elections Law over ten years ago. Unfortunately, incumbent legislators who were profiting from the existing fundraising machinery repealed this reform on an unrecorded voice vote, opening the way to ten years of continued corruption and scandal on Beacon Hill. One of my top priorities as Governor will be to reestablish a clean money law that gives a fair break to candidates of integrity who refuse to participate in the "pay-to-play" fundraising practices of Beacon Hill.
But I'm not waiting for such reforms to make my own commitment. I'm acting now to set a higher standard by making my campaign the one clean money campaign for Governor. I do not accept campaign donations from registered lobbyists or favor-seeking CEOs. No one is paying me to look the other way while people suffer or to give some business interest an unfair advantage. That's why - on issue after issue- I differ from the three Beacon Hill candidates that I'm running against. I'm asking voters to show their support for my stand so that we can bring about a rededication to public interest government, and make sure that the Governor's office is truly serving the people of Massachusetts.
Ending the Secrecy on Beacon Hill
One glaring flaw in our ethics laws is that the Massachusetts Legislature has conveniently exempted itself from the state's Open Meeting Law. They say that the law has to be applied to city councils and boards of selectmen, but they refuse to abide by it themselves. One of my campaign commitments is to introduce a bill to make the Legislature live by the same laws they impose on others. It would put us one step closer to a government that serves the people and not just the well-connected insiders.
Furthermore, I will require my cabinet officers to make full disclosure of their contacts with lobbyists, government contractors, or representatives of for-profit companies. I'll post this on the internet for all to see. This will let the people of Massachusetts know who is attempting to influence the officials who are charged with serving the people.