There’s an update this week on a topic that caused much debate here on the blog in the run-up to this year’s election. In September the Massachusetts Republican Party filed a complaint alleging improper corporate contributions were made to the campaign of Representative Carolyn Dykema.
Republicans said Dykema accepted corporate donations as raffle prizes at the senior picnic she hosted over the summer. Massachusetts state law prohibits political campaigns from accepting corporate gifts.
Dykema’s office released a statement this weekend saying she has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
The Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance (OCPF) has issued its finding in response to a complaint filed this summer by the Massachusetts Republican Party against Rep. Carolyn Dykema. OCPF issued its official finding in a letter dated Nov. 20, 2012. In its letter, OCPF announced it has concluded its review and found that Dykema did not inappropriately benefit from door prizes contributed by local businesses in support of a senior citizen picnic, as alleged.
“I’m glad this issue has been resolved,” said Dykema. “In its finding, OCPF has confirmed what residents of this district have always known: the senior picnic is about our community and our seniors and not about campaign politics. I’m pleased that next year’s picnic can go on as planned and I’m looking forward to continuing to recognize our seniors for all they contribute to our towns.”
The allegation by the GOP came two months before the general election which saw Dykema defeat Republican challenger Marty Lamb. Dykema represents the 8th Middlesex District which includes all three Southborough precincts.