Super PAC with ties to Baker keeps cruising

Raised nearly $270,000 over last 2 months

A SUPER PAC with close ties to Gov. Charlie Baker is continuing to raise money at a fairly rapid pace, easily replacing funds over the last two months that were spent last year to support a number of candidates in municipal elections.

The Massachusetts Majority PAC, which supports Republicans and Democrats, is a new fundraising mechanism for Baker now that he and the state Republican Party are at odds over how to raise money and the merits of President Trump. Baker and the PAC cannot coordinate their activities, but it’s clear the governor is supportive of the PAC. Some have suggested he’s trying to create a new political party.

The PAC earlier reported raising $920,000 and spending $267,429 on behalf of 15 mayoral and city council candidates between May and October last year. Eleven of those candidates were victorious.

A more recent year-end report filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance indicates the PAC raised another $267,750 in November and December, and spent none of the funds on candidates.

The biggest donors over the last two months were John Fish, the president and CEO of Suffolk Construction, who donated $50,000; Pamela Micozzi of Micozzi Management in Allston, who donated $30,000; and Amos and Barbara Hostetter, who each donated $25,000. Amos Hostetter is the chairman of Pilot House Associates and Barbara Hostetter is the chair of the Barr Foundation.

Big PAC donors previously identified included Granite Telecommunications CEO Robert Hale, who donated a total of $100,000; Wayfair cofounders Niraj Shah and Steven Conine, who each donated $50,000; auto dealer Daniel Quirk, who donated $50,000; and Ray Stata of Analog Devices, the founder of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, who donated $35,000.

Real estate industry officials were heavy givers over the latest two-month period, with Thomas Alperin and Brian Kavoogian of National Development donating a total of $17,000. Other big givers over the last two months included David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Architects, who donated $9,000, and Barry Sloane of Century Bank in Needham, who contributed $10,000. Brian Shortsleeve, a venture capitalist and gubernatorial appointee to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control board, donated $5,000.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The year-end report indicated Nantucket Island Management LLC, which is affiliated with Stephen Karp of New England  Development, made an in-kind donation of $9,303 for facility rental and catering in July.

The report indicates the PAC also paid $15,500 to TRO Consulting of Wenham, which lists Timothy O’Leary on its incorporation papers. O’Leary is the governor’s finance director. The PAC also paid $5,000 to Jim Barnett, a Washington-based political consultant.