PAC's Own Creem, Rudnick is Clean

Charles Rudnick
Charles Rudnick

An analysis of contributions to Sen. Cynthia Creem shows that her campaign is funded largely by PAC and lobbyist money. Charles Rudnick by contrast has pledged not to take money from lobbyists and PACs and is funded mostly by individuals – family and friends – and a big loan from his own funds.

Cynthia Creem starts off with a commanding campaign financing lead on Charles Rudnick. According to public campaign finance records Cynthia Creem has a political warchest of around $84,000. By comparison Charles Rudnick has raised only about $35,000.

You can view their campaign finance records here:

Cynthia Creem

Lets talk about Rudnick first, because his story is pretty simple. He put in $15,000 of his own money. He got another thousand from mom and dad. His wife is from a wealthy family and the in-laws were good for a few thousand more. And his records are clean – no PACs, no lobbyists, and every single one is filled out completely – with everyone’s employer.

Creem’s filings by contrast are a complete mess. The great majority of the contributions are not properly coded, so it’s impossible to see exactly how much PAC and lobbyist money is in there. But of the little that is coded, we can see that there is a large percentage of PAC money and lobbyist money in there.

She has taken contributions from for example:

  • The Brennan Group, a lobby firm
  • GVW Inc a builder of public buildings with extensive state contracts
  • The Engineering Center, a lobby for builders and civil engineers
  • Shevael & Krems, another lobby firm specializing in real estate deals
  • Epstein Becker & Green, a national corporate law firm who notes union busting among its accomplishments.
  • William F. Coyne, prolific lobbyist for among many others Exxon Mobil, Kraft Foods, Raytheon, Verizon, Cigar Association of America etc. etc.
  • Mass Association of Realtors
  • AFL-CIO
  • Mass Federation of Teachers
  • Mass Hospital Association
  • Mass Psychological PAC
  • Mass Society of CPAs
  • Mass State UAW
  • Mass Bankers PAC
  • Mass LawPac
  • Mass Nurses Association
  • Mintz Levin PAC
  • NE Regional Council of Carpenters PAC
  • New Car Dealer PAC
  • Professional Firefighters of MA
  • Real Estate Bar Association
  • SEIU
  • Bank of America PAC
  • Mass Biotechnology PAC

A funny thing happens when you move the fridge down at the State House – the roaches scatter in all directions.

Lets dig down a little bit and look at her contribution from our friend William F. Coyne. He’s a serious lobbyist. When corporate America needs something done they call Coyne – because he doesn’t play around. He buys his legislators in bulk – in 2009 he bought 50 legislators – and they cost only $200 each. In 2008 he bought another 60. In fact he buys a different pack of 60 every single year. (2007, 2006, 2005)

Check if your legislator is there. And ask them if it changed any of their votes. I’m sure they will tell you that it didn’t. But ask yourself, why does Coyne buy so many legislators? Is it because he is such a patriot? A defender of the Democratic process?

And who does he represent? His biggest customer is tobacco giant Altria. Along with all the captains of industry like  Exxon Mobil, Kraft Foods, Sherwin Williams, the Chlorine Chemistry Council. You cannot make this stuff up.

I’m sure that when Coyne has an issue to talk about, Cynthia Creem will take his call. In fact there are a lot of PACs and lobbyists with Cynthia Creem on speed dial.

Coyne is not the only one buying in bulk. The Brennan Group does the same thing as  do most of these PACs. John Brennan is more of a health insurance, banks and real estate developers man.

These aren’t targeted donations because they really believe in Cynthia. These are broad contributions across large numbers of legislators to make sure these lobby groups have the access they need to get things done on Beacon Hill. While regular people’s issues are referred for “further study” year after year – the legislative priorities of lobbyists go straight through.

If you need something from Cynthia, be patient, and remember she may have her boss on the other line.


6 Comments

  • Sandy Russo
    March 3, 2010 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s about time we cleaned house up there at the State House!! Time for Cynthia Cream to go!!

  • Sandy Russo
    March 3, 2010 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s about time we cleaned house up there at the State House!! Time for Cynthia Cream to go!!

  • Mike
    July 19, 2010 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Impeach her NOW! Conflict of interest! Part time legislator!

  • Mike
    July 19, 2010 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    Impeach her NOW! Conflict of interest! Part time legislator!

  • Mike
    July 19, 2010 - 10:46 am | Permalink

    Free the alimony slaves Senator Creem! Free Us NOW!!!! right now you are the slave master Free Us NOW!

  • Mike
    July 19, 2010 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Free the alimony slaves Senator Creem! Free Us NOW!!!! right now you are the slave master Free Us NOW!

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