The former governor of Massachusetts is under investigation for diverting money from state funds to use for travel, advertising and other misc. expenses. Rep. David Linsky, House Post Audit Committee announced the investigation on Thursday against his fellow democrat.
“As is my practice in all investigations, we will always go where the evidence takes us.”
According to the Boston Herald, Patrick diverted 27 million dollars he could use as a slush fund to avoid cutbacks in the budget. Between 2011 and 2014, Patrick and members of his administration spent 1.35 million dollars in overseas travel, including $535,558 in hotel costs, $332,193 in airfare, $305,976 for limousines and ground transportation, and $175,000 in miscellaneous travel expenses.
One of the slush funds was administered by longtime Patrick confidant, Betsy Wall and it sent $17 million to Connelly Partners, an advertising firm that handles advertising for the Massachusetts tourism department. That money will be investigated because either it was laundered or it was spent on advertising for tourism. Either way, Patrick will be in trouble as it’s illegal for him to spend money not allocated by the state legislature. I’m sure the state will make sure the money went to advertising and not part of a kickback scheme.
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The bulk of the money was supplied by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. A spokesperson for the MCCA said they transferred the money at the request of Gov Patrick. Other money came from Massport and the Mass Tech Collaborative. The money that came from MTC could create even bigger problems for Patrick as they receive federal money annually and were also granted money by Obama’s stimulus package, making it a possible federal crime.
The Boston Herald gets the credit for uncovering the plot or at least for making it public. Patrick aides have been told to expect subpoenas and to be ready to tell what they know about the slush funds.
Courtesy of Red Statements.