Here is a collection of articles on dark money in Massachusetts: WARNING: not for those who are frightened by what unlimited dark money does to our democracy.
In a recent debate the pro-charter side deflected concerns about dark money pouring into the Great Schools Massachusetts campaign, arguing that adult concerns about who is donating shouldn't detract from children. But the threat of dark money to our democracy should concern us all: pro-charter, anti-charter, children, and adults.
It can be hard to explain dark money but perhaps pop culture icons like Sherlock Holmes and John-boy Walton can help along with Frank Sinatra singing a new campaign theme song for Great Schools Massachusetts, "It's Up to You New York, New York."
The charter school contest dividing the Democratic Party is about a whole lot more than privatizing more schools. It's a fight involving equality, markets, unions, wealth, and partisan politics. So far it's a great set-up for Governor Charlie Baker and the Republicans.
Why would New York hedge fund managers care who represents Eastie in the Massachusetts senate? The answer is hidden in dark money, and our commonwealth teeters on the verge of becoming a dark money empire.
As criticism mounts about the Massachusetts Republican Party's Barely Legal fundraising campaign, it's Governor Charlie Baker who is most at risk. He can start by reading the fund raising letters before they go out.