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Memo to John Connolly: Take the money

No dollar is a bastard, goes the old saying. That is unless the source of the money is Stand For Children, a nonprofit group that spins off super PACs to support candidates who want to limit teacher seniority, extend the school day, expand early childhood education, and lift the arbitrary cap on charter schools.

This week, Stand for Children extended its hand — one capable of holding as much as $500,000 — to Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly. So what does Connolly do? He sniffs it. Smiles approvingly, at first. And then bites the hand that is trying to feed him. “I did not ask for any money from outside groups,’’ intoned Connolly.

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