Governor Baker calls for investigation of Thornton Law Firm

A spokesman from the law firm defended the reimbursement system and said it complies with state law

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Baker’s calling for an investigation into a Boston-based law firm and 22 News explains why their campaign contributions are raising serious concerns.

This comes after a Boston Globe report suggested a politically-connected law firm was reimbursing partners for hefty campaign donations to Democrats.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and several U-S Senate candidates said they would return more than $200-thousand dollars in campaign contributions linked to Thornton Law Firm.

The Boston-based law firm has ties to Beacon Hill. Hingham state Representative Garrett Bradley is a Thornton partner, and used to be a part of House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s leadership team. Bradley isn’t running for re-election.

The Globe report suggests that Thornton attorneys would receive bonuses from the firm that matched their political donations. The article suggests, the system could be used to hide real campaign donors. Governor Charlie Baker is calling for an investigation.

Governor Charlie Baker, of Massachusetts said, “I think it’s incumbent on anybody who’s running for office to do everything they can do have an organization that complies with the rules.”

A spokesman from the law firm defended the reimbursement system and said it complies with state law.

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