Super PAC Supporting Three Massachusetts Democratic Statewide Candidates

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By Katie Lannan
State House News Service

A day after two of the three Democrats running for Massachusetts attorney general signed a pledge discouraging super political action committee money in their race, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund’s independent expenditure committee reported the first such spending in the contest.

The ELM Action Fund IEPAC (independent expenditure political action committee) filed Tuesday, May 24 with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance, showing it had spent a total of $4,479.28 on mailers supporting three Democrats running for statewide office.

The super PAC’s spending, its first this year, is evenly divided among state Attorney General Maura Healey for governor, auditor candidate Chris Dempsey, and attorney general hopeful Andrea Campbell.

Campbell’s two primary opponents, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Quentin Palfrey, on Monday, May 23 signed their version of a “people’s pledge” aimed at keeping super PAC money out of their race and urged Campbell to do the same.

Campbell has not committed to taking the pledge. On Sunday, May 22, during an interview on WCVB’s On the Record, she raised the possibility that the ELM Action Fund super PAC might wade into the race for attorney general.

“The only one that might be is the Environmental League of Massachusetts,” Campbell said, responding when asked if she would denounce any super PAC involvement. “They’ve endorsed me in this race and in previous races they have funded candidates who they believe will be bold and courageous when it comes to the environment, including our current mayor in the city of Boston.”

The ELM Action Fund super PAC spent on digital advertisements and mailers in support of current Mayor Michelle Wu as she ran for the office in last year’s race, in which Campbell was also a candidate.


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