The Boston Globe

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez on Tuesday called for an investigation into Governor Charlie Baker’s ties to a pro-charter-school New York group that this week incurred the largest fine in state campaign history for its activity in last year’s election.

Gonzalez also called for the departure of the state’s top education official, who donated nearly $500,000 to a ballot effort that would have significantly raised the annual cap on the number of charter schools. Baker supported the pro-charter initiative.

“What did Baker know about this and was Baker soliciting donations to go to this out-of-state organization?” Gonzalez said in a phone interview. “Were members of his administration inappropriately involved in soliciting these donations?”

Asked who should investigate, Gonzalez replied, “The attorney general, the inspector general, whoever the right investigatory agency is.”

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