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  • published Advocacy nonprofit fined $31G by state in News & Updates 2018-01-04 12:27:55 -0700

    Advocacy nonprofit fined $31G by state

    Massachussetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Credit Angela Rowlings

    Credit: Angela Rowlings

    Gov. Charlie Baker

    An obscure nonprofit with ties to Bay State Republicans is accused of disguising more than $1.2 million in donations from businesses, wealthy advocates, and even Mitt Romney’s federal committee before funneling them toward two failed ballot questions backed by Gov. Charlie Baker, state officials disclosed yesterday.

    The group, Strong Economy for Growth, was ordered to pay a $31,000 penalty and register with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance with the agreement it would be barred from all “election-related activity” in 2018.

    The nonprofit had “an intent to influence the election,” OCPF said. It donated $990,000 to Great Schools Massachusetts, the committee that pushed a ballot question lifting the state cap on charter schools, and another $178,000 to a Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, which opposed the ballot question to legalize marijuana.

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