#ThrowbackThursday: Still Unanswered Questions Re: Charlie Baker’s Role in Raising Dark Money For Charter School Organization

CAMBRIDGE – Thursday, October 12, 2017 — One month after the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance levied the largest fine in state history against an out-of-state shell organization that illegally raised money to support last year’s pro-charter school ballot question, Governor Charlie Baker has still not disclosed his role in raising money for the organization.

OCPF fined Families for Excellent Schools – Advocacy (FESA) $425,000 after it raised more than $15 million for the Great Schools Massachusetts Ballot Question Committee in what OCPF called a “manner intended to disguise the true source of the money.”

Thanks to OCPF’s efforts, we know that two of Governor Baker’s top aides — Paul Sagan and Mark Nunnellycontributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the effort.

We also know that this was a ballot question actively supported and promoted by Governor Charlie Baker, who appeared in a supportive TV ad in the closing days of the campaign.

What we DON’T know is whether Charlie Baker played any role in soliciting the massive donations from his wealthy friends and supporters. Did he ask them to contribute to FESA?

The public has a right to know exactly what role Charlie Baker played in raising this dark money.