The Massachusetts Republican Party filed a complaint yesterday with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance for what they allege were improper corporate contributions to the campaign of Representative Carolyn Dykema.
In their complaint, Mass GOP says Dykema accepted corporate donations as raffle prizes at the senior picnic she hosted last month. Massachusetts state law prohibits political campaigns from accepting corporate gifts.
Dykema denied the allegations, telling the Metrowest Daily News the senior picnic was not a campaign event, but an annual get-together held both in campaign and non-campaign years.
The senior picnic dates back about 20 years, (Dykema) said, and was sponsored by the representatives before her.
“If there is in fact a problem I will rectify it, but this event is totally in support of our local seniors,” she said.
Mass GOP called on Dykema to return any funds raised through the senior picnic.
Update 2:20 pm: Rep. Dykema has issued a statement in response to the Mass GOP complaint. In it she chastises the Republican party for what she calls an attack on a “long-standing, bi-partisan community tradition.” You can read the whole thing here.