As the race to become Boston's next mayor heats up, big money is getting involved. Or at least, trying to get involved. The national education nonprofit Stand For Children wanted to throw five hundred thousand dollars behind City Councilor and Mayoral candidate John Connolly, to fund ads, phone-banking, and door-knocking. But today, Connolly refused the money, saying he doesn't want such outside groups to warp the debate.
Some of Connolly's opponents say they also want to send a clear message that the Boston race is not for sale. Candidate Rob Consalvo is calling for all of the mayoral candidates to take a “Boston Pledge”: a vow to turn down money from all special interest groups outside Boston.
David Scharfenberg, WBUR Politics and Public Policy Reporter.
This segment aired on August 21, 2013.