Super PAC tied to Baker raises $177,500
Spends $6,398 promoting candidate for mayor of Gardner
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER may be preoccupied with dealing with COVID-19, but his political operation is remaining busy.
Massachusetts Majority, a super PAC with close ties to Baker, raised $177,500 during March and April, bringing its total fundraising haul over the last year to $1.1 million. The PAC has doled out just over $300,000 for direct mailings in support of 20 Republican and Democratic candidates for local offices.
Donors have said they gave money to the PAC to support Baker’s political agenda, which is to back allies and moderate candidates from either party. Baker, a Republican who does not support Trump, has been trying to chart a new course ever since the state Republican Party elected former rep Jim Lyons, a Trump supporter, as its chair.
A super PAC can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals and businesses, but it is barred from coordinating with campaigns on how to spend it. According to state campaign finance records, the big donors over the last two months were retired advertising executive and well-connected philanthropist John (Jack) Connors Jr. and Carl Ferenbach, the chairman of High Meadow Foundation, who each contributed $50,000. Wye River Insurance, a Baltimore-based insurance broker, donated $35,000 and Kevin Kennedy, an investor based in Gulf Stream, Florida, contributed $25,000.
Nicholson is currently the administrator of the town of Rutland and previously worked as an aide to the former mayor of Gardner, Mark Hawke. He is running against Scott Cordeiro, a barber shop owner; City Councilor Scott Graves; and former city councilor Christine Johnson.