Marty Walsh has more to lose by refusing to disavow super PAC support in the mayor’s race than he seems to realize. With every dollar of third-party spending that oozes into Boston to elect the Dorchester state representative, Walsh wastes an opportunity to stick up for clean elections and dispel doubts about his own independence. His opponent has agreed to a pledge to discourage spending by super PACs and other independent expenditure groups, and Walsh owes it to the city to do the same.
Since the summer, independent-expenditure groups whose names indicate an affiliation with labor have spent more than a half million dollars on Walsh’s behalf. The super PAC “American Working Families MA,” with Massachusetts in its name but Virginia in its mailing address, has spent at least $224,500 to elect Walsh. D.C.-based Working America has spent at least $378,162. In the preliminary election campaign, independent third-party spending to elect Walsh exceeded that for all the other 11 candidates combined.