A national education group announced Friday that it will spend money in support of John R. Connolly’s, despite his declaration that he does not want independent expenditures on his behalf by outside advocacy groups during the remainder of the mayoral race.
In a statement posted to its website, Democrats for Education Reform, a national education reform nonprofit that supports charter schools, said that it was going to ignore Connolly’s request that outside groups not spend money during the mayoral general election.
“Despite Connolly’s continued efforts to limit outside spending, there is clearly no agreement between the candidates in the general election,” said Matt Garcia, the group’s field director, in the statement, first reported by the Dorchester Reporter. “With just 25 days until the election and over one million dollars already spent by other groups, we feel compelled to directly tell voters the value of John Connolly’s experience as chair of the City Council’s education committee, as a middle school teacher, and as the father of a student in a turnaround school.”
Labor unions, special interest groups, and political action committees often dedicate money to the political candidates they support through independent expenditures, spending money directly on behalf of the candidate rather than donating it to his or her campaign. By spending the money themselves, the groups are able to dodge state and federal campaign donation limits and can pour millions in advertisements, mailers, and canvassing into a political race.
Infusion of money from outside groups has been a central issue since the early days of the campaign, with some candidates in the preliminary election calling on the field to agree to a so-called People’s Pledge -- in which the candidates would call on outside groups not to spend money and agree to give a matching donation to charity whenever an outside group spent money.
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