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Praises Galvin for stance on lobbyists

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To the editor:

I see that William Galvin, the secretary of state, has kicked over a nasty can of worms by trying to force lobbyists to report their business dealings with our government. Judge Janet Sanders ruled against him though and ordered Galvin to pay $100,000 for legal fees accrued by the lobbyists.

I’m sure Judge Sanders is the new darling of the corporate world now. Yes, I’m sure she’ll be the toast at the caviar and lobster bisque luncheons.

I think Galvin is a good man to step up to the plate to do the right thing. For every three or four dollars that unions and public interest groups spend on lobbying, the corporate sector spends $65. This includes campaign contributions, bags of money, future favors and other back room deals to get the rich richer, at the expense of those without a mansion, yacht, private jet or off-shore tax haven.

I have just four things to say to Galvin. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and whoever backs you on this issue has got my vote.

Tom Wallace

South Hadley


Mass. Secretary of State faulted for attempting to track lobbyists' meetings with legislators

Thursday, August 8, 2013

BOSTON — Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has been ordered by a judge to cover more than $100,000 in legal fees for a group of lobbyists who challenged his interpretation of the state’s revamped ethics laws. The judge found that Galvin overstepped his authority by trying to force lobbyists to report every time they spoke to a legislator or …

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