Mayoral candidate John Connolly on Wednesday publicly denounced $500,000 pledged to him earlier this week by a national education nonprofit and became the third candidate in the race to swear off special-interest money.
“I did not ask for any money from outside groups,” said Connolly, a city councilor, who was harshly criticized by his opponents after the pledge was reported this week. “And I don’t want it.”
Following Connolly’s announcement, Stand for Children, an Oregon-based education advocacy group, said it would honor his wishes and not spend any money in support of the candidate during the preliminary contest in Boston’s mayoral race.
The financial pledge, reported Tuesday, was believed to be one of the largest monetary commitments to a Boston municipal candidate ever made by an outside special-interest group.
While federal law prohibits candidates from coordinating with outside groups spending money on their behalf, the promise of that degree of support for advertising and other promotional efforts seemed to give Connolly — already a formidable force in the 12-person race — another powerful tool.
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