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Rep. Cusack Says Campaign Treasurer Issue an Oversight Now Fixed with State

Cusack, a first-term representative from Braintree, said he mistakenly listed Braintree employee Christopher Griffin as his campaign treasurer after Griffin was hired by the town.

Rep. Mark Cusack, D-Braintree, said on Tuesday night that he made an error in listing someone as his campaign treasurer who, since Cusack's initial election bid in 2010, went on to serve as a Braintree employee.

"I take full ownership of this," Cusack said in an interview.

Cusack said he discovered the mistake, reported first by the Boston Globe, on Monday while preparing for this year's race and immediately notified the Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance. State law prohibits a government employee from serving as a campaign treasurer.

Christopher Griffin, assistant to Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, was listed as Cusack's treasurer for the reporting periods from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2011. He was hired by the Town of Braintree in March 2011.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts GOP called on Cusack to return the $54,000 he has raised since his initial election bid, according to the Globe. During the period when Griffin was listed as treasurer and a town employee, Cusack raised $19,000.

Cusack said that after Griffin was hired by the town he did not serve in any fundraising capacity. The first-term lawmaker said that on Monday he updated his campaign finance filings to reflect the appointment of a new treasurer, John Neelon, a Braintree attorney.

"It was an oversight error," Cusack said, reiterating that he will not return any campaign funds unless instructed to by the OCPF. "It was not done maliciously. That money was raised in full compliance with the law."

Griffin, 25, studied political science at Merrimack College. Cusack said Griffin is "a great kid, a fine young man" and that he appreciates his past service.

"It's extremely unfortunate," Mayor Sullivan's Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said, "that someone is trying to score political points at [Griffin's] expense."

Marty Barrett May 09, 2012 at 12:52 PM
let's vote this arrogant little boy out!!!
Georgia H. May 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
An unseasoned, unprofessional who first fools around with a female staffer in House Chambers and now gaffes on treasury issues. Call it what you want, "oversight error", Cusack, but please do Braintree residents a huge favor and can your bid for re-election.
BraintreeIntouch May 10, 2012 at 01:21 AM
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone...Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:2-11 KJV). We have much bigger problems to deal with than this.

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