Massachusetts is considering changes to ethics and campaign finance rules, in an apparent effort to reach entities like Gov. Deval Patrick’s Seventy-First Fund.
The Senate’s measure, part of an ethics overhaul bill, is a pointed jab at Patrick. The governor, who released his own ethics legislation without any campaign finance changes earlier this year, has generated ire among lawmakers by criticizing them for moving too slowly on reforms.
Now that they are prepared to act, senators are attempting to scale back a practice of Patrick’s that has been criticized by some campaign finance watchdogs.