A newly formed political committee that is not required to immediately disclose its donors has spent $480,000 on a major television advertising buy days before the mayoral election on behalf of state Representative Martin J. Walsh, according to a report filed this week with the state.
The political action committee, One Boston, is not obliged to identify its financial backers until January, after voters cast ballots in this Tuesday’s election. The only name listed on the committee’s paperwork is Jocelyn Hutt, a 55-year-old woman from Congreve Street in Roslindale. She has not voted in three of Boston’s past four municipal elections, according to city records.
The surge of outside money in the waning days of the campaign underscores the role that political committees are playing in the first wide-open mayoral race in a generation in Boston. Walsh’s opponent, Councilor at Large John R. Connolly, has also benefited from such money, but at much lower levels. Outside groups have spent three times more on Walsh than on Connolly.
One Boston is the second newly formed political committee that has flooded the mayoral race with outside money to air television commercials for Walsh. The other, American Working Families, established a political committee in Massachusetts in July and listed the address of a post office box at a UPS store in Alexandria, Va., according to state records. American Working Families has spent $1.1 million for Walsh. The only name associated with the group is Bud Jackson, a Democratic media consultant who has repeatedly declined to disclose donors before the election.
Walsh said the organization should be transparent, but added he had no information about the group, including its donor base.
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