Events Calendar

Monday, Sep 08, 07:00 PM — United States Constitution Study Group to Meet

The CSG meets the second Monday monthly at 7:00 PM

Woburn Sportsmen's Association
155 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA

We meet in the the lounge of the main building at the Woburn Sportsmen's Association. Parking is right in front of the building and free.  Please note that the club's entrance is not well lit and so is easy to miss.  As a landmark, the very well lit Oak Park Drive business park is almost directly across the street.

Feel free to bring snacks and drinks.  Coffee, tea and cocoa are available on the honor system using a single-serving brewing machine; soda and cold water are also available.

For information on upcoming events or further info on the study group, please visit www.constitutiondecoded.com

CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS: http://www.woburnsportsmen.com/location.htm

See you all soon,
Catherine White

(Non-required) RSVP: catherinegw.patriot@gmail.com

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Monday, Oct 13, 07:00 PM — United States Constitution Study Group to Meet

The CSG meets the second Monday monthly at 7:00 PM

Woburn Sportsmen's Association
155 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA

We meet in the the lounge of the main building at the Woburn Sportsmen's Association. Parking is right in front of the building and free.  Please note that the club's entrance is not well lit and so is easy to miss.  As a landmark, the very well lit Oak Park Drive business park is almost directly across the street.

Feel free to bring snacks and drinks.  Coffee, tea and cocoa are available on the honor system using a single-serving brewing machine; soda and cold water are also available.

For information on upcoming events or further info on the study group, please visit www.constitutiondecoded.com

CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS: http://www.woburnsportsmen.com/location.htm

See you all soon,
Catherine White

(Non-required) RSVP: catherinegw.patriot@gmail.com

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Archive of Past Events

MassGOP Seeks Documents and Investigation of the State Auditor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
August 7, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

 
BOSTON – In the wake of a federal lawsuit alleging electioneering with state resources and the rigging of a state audit, the MassGOP has filed a public records request seeking the emails of State Auditor Suzanne Bump and her ex-aide, Laura Marlin, as well as Bump's schedule and correspondence between the Auditor's Office and Service Employees International Union Local 509. In addition, the MassGOP has filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission, seeking an investigation into the allegation of Bump's misuse of taxpayer resources for her political activities.

"These unethical violations alleged by Auditor Bump's former top aide demand inquiry. The public deserves to know whether Suzanne Bump is mired in the same culture that surrounds the rest of Beacon Hill," said MassGOP Executive Director, Rob Cunningham. “Sadly, this is yet another occasion where we see a lack of accountability and respect for the law that results from one-party rule on Beacon Hill.”


The following letter was submitted to the State Ethics Commission:

August 7, 2014

State Ethics Commission
Enforcement Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108-1501

Re: Complaint Against State Auditor Suzanne Bump Regarding the Allegation of Using Taxpayer Resources for Campaign Activity

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter constitutes a formal complaint against Suzanne Bump, currently employed as State Auditor. Based upon information and belief, set forth below and in the exhibit, the Massachusetts Republican Party files this complaint seeking an immediate investigation by the State Ethics Commission into alleged prohibited campaign activity by Auditor Suzanne Bump during official state time, on government property, utilizing state-funded staff, and while using taxpayer resources.

The attached article makes clear, and an investigation will no doubt confirm, that there is a reason to believe, that Auditor Suzanne Bump has participated in unethical, partisan campaign activities using state government resources.

According to a Boston Globe story published on August 5, 2014, Auditor Bump’s ex-top aide “alleges that Bump earlier this year distributed nomination papers from her state office and scheduled a campaign-related meeting there to seek the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union Local 509, a human service workers union and one of the state’s most politically influential.”(Jim O’Sullivan, “Former aide suing state Auditor Suzanne Bump”, The Boston Globe, August 6, 2014) (Exhibit A)

The article goes on to state that, “In her suit, Marlin says that Bump had used the office and employees during working hours to further her reelection hopes, which would be in violation of state law. Marlin said she was in Bump’s office when a state representative, unnamed in the suit, called.

“Bump told the lawmaker to come to her State House office to get the nomination papers from an employee, and when Marlin raised a concern Bump dismissed them, according to Marlin.

“Marlin also said that a member of Bump’s campaign staff dropped off campaign paperwork at the State House office and that Bump again waved off her complaints.”(Jim O’Sullivan, “Former aide suing state Auditor Suzanne Bump”, The Boston Globe, August 6, 2014) (Exhibit A)

Accordingly, the Massachusetts Republican Party respectfully requests that the State Ethics Commission conduct an investigation on an expedited basis into the violations outlined herein.

The above is correct and accurate to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief.

Sincerely,

Rob Cunningham
MassGOP Executive Director


The following letter was submitted to the State Auditor:


August 7, 2014


Office of the State Auditor
One Ashburton Place
Room 1819
Boston, MA 02108

Dear Auditor Bump,

Under the Massachusetts Public Records Act § 66-10 et seq., I am requesting copies of public records that pertain to emails, memos and other written correspondence including yourself and Laura Marlin from January 1, 2014, to June 30, 2014. In addition, I kindly request all of your calendar activity from January 1, 2014, to June 30, 2014. Lastly, I also request all communication between you and your office and Service Employees International Union Local 509 from January 1, 2010 to November 4, 2014, including all calendar activity.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $100.00. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees due to the fact that the disclosure of the requested information is in the taxpayer's interest.

The Massachusetts Public Records Act requires a response to this request within 10 days. If access to the records that I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,

Rob Cunningham
MassGOP Executive Director


The following letter was submitted to the Labor of Workforce and Development Secretary:

August 7, 2014

Labor of Workforce and Development
Attn: Secretary Rachel Kaprielian
One Ashburton Place
Suite 2112
Boston, MA 02108

Dear Secretary Rachel Kaprielian,

Under the Massachusetts Public Records Act § 66-10 et seq., I am requesting copies of public records of all communication between Auditor Bump and Service Employees International Union Local 509 from January 1, 2010 to November 4, 2014, including all calendar activity.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $100.00. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees due to the fact that the disclosure of the requested information is in the taxpayer's interest.

The Massachusetts Public Records Act requires a response to this request within 10 days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,

Rob Cunningham
MassGOP Executive Director
 
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Meeting Schedule

7:30 PM
Groton
Senior Center
163 West Main Street

  • January 29, 2014
  • Election of delegates and alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Republican Convention
  • February 6, 2014
  • March 5, 2014
  • April 2, 2014
  • May 7, 2014
  • June 4, 2014
    Pot-luck Supper
    Note: 7:00 PM
  • September 3, 2014
  • More to be announced.