The first bills date to July 29: charges for a Dorchester Holiday Inn Express and a rented van and money to feed political organizers. The workers — two from Ohio, one from Minnesota — came to Boston on the payroll of Working America, the political organizing arm of the national AFL-CIO. Their mission, which now includes other organizers who have racked up $60,000 in hotel bills, is electing state Representative Martin J. Walsh as mayor of Boston.
The national group Democrats for Education Reform is in town, too, but on behalf of Walsh’s opponent, Councilor at Large John R. Connolly. That group claims roughly 60 part-time canvassers working out of field offices in Jamaica Plain and the North End. There are no hotel charges for those organizers, but thousands of dollars have been spent sending canvassers into neighborhoods across the city.