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Candidate Gregoire Owes Fines, According to Fiscal Watchdogs

The MA Fiscal Alliance says Danielle Gregoire, candidate for state rep, owes money to the state.

Danielle Gregoire, a Democrat who is running against incumbent Steven Levy for state represenative for the 4th Middlesex district, is late with fines to the state, according to Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

MA Fiscal Alliance, a watchdog group that "advocates for right of center economic, fiscal and good government issues," sent a letter last week to Gregoire that states she refused to make payments in the amount of $200, $25 and $25 to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance after being contacted 13 times.

"As a result, OCPF was forced to send Ms. Gregoire's debt to a third party vendor for collections," said Paul Craney, executive director for MA Fiscal Alliance. "We are calling on Ms. Gregoire to immediately repay the Commonwealth the debt she owes and we sent her a letter with a pre-stamped return envelope. We strongly believe, candidates running for public office should not owe a financial debt to the state they seeking to serve."

In the letter sent to Gregoire, the MA Fiscal Alliance writes, "Upon viewing your 2011 Statement of Financial Interests filed with the State Ethics Commission,
on page seven, Section 28, you stated 'not applicable' to the question of 'debt, loan or other liability' owed by you as of December 31, 2011. Voters in the 4th Middlesex district deserve to know if their candidates for public office owe a financial debt to the state they are seeking to serve and it’s unfortunate your Statement of Financial Interest form did not include this debt."

The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance sent an assessment of civil penalty final notice dated Jan. 23, 2012, to Gregoire, demanding payment.

"I think it’s important that voters know if their candidates for public office owe outstanding debt to the state they are seeking to serve before the November election," added Craney.

Gregoire, on Sunday, responded to Patch: "I did not know my campaign committee owed these fees. The matter was resolved immediately upon it being brought to my attention."

Paul Craney October 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Ms. Gregoire knows this is not the Committee's obligation. This is a penalty imposed on the candidate personally, communicated to the candidate directly, and to be paid by the candidate from personal funds, not by the Committee. She should take personal responsibility and be straightforward with the voters.
Joescarp October 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Interesting that she owes taxes LEVIED by the state, and her opponent's name is LEVY. Coincidence? I think not. :-)
JPC October 18, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Gregoire, on Sunday, responded to Patch: "I did not know my campaign committee owed these fees. The matter was resolved immediately upon it being brought to my attention." How does she expect us to believe that she did not see any of the 15 (not 13) letters OCPF mailed to her personalIy at her home address? I don't know what "immediately" means to Ms. Gregoire but to me it means you sat right down and wrote the check then either dropped it in the mail or drove it in to Boston to pay it personally. As of yesterday afternoon, OCPF reports the fine has not been paid. Ms. Gregoire is a liar! Don't send her back to Boston. We have enough hacks lying to us already.

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