When you select an auditor you need someone who can be impartial.  When you select an auditor you want someone who will actively search for malfeasance.  When you select an auditor you can want to make sure the auditor has no previous relationship with the subject of the audit.

The referee shouldn't be wearing a jersey of one of the teams!

Why would we elect a Democrat to audit government spending that is controlled by Democrats in Massachusetts?  Why would we elect a Republican to audit a Republican governor's office?

The office of auditor is too important to allow it to be appointed by a governor or by a legislature.  Instead the duty of selecting a person who will be free from political influence false to the group William Brandeis called "the most important office holders."

We -- the private citizens of the Commonwealth.

We must elect an auditor who comes to office without any debt to a political party or to other politicians.  and who will execute the duties of the office.

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    The Foster Care Fisaco

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  • Home of the Brave, Land of the Fee

    Laws require law enforcement which injects force into our society. Want to have a less violent society? Let's stop putting people into prison for wanting to work to make money to have better lives.

    In Tennessee it was recently revealed that the state has collected $100000 in fines for "hair braiding without a license."

    As auditor I will expose ALL the fees collected by every state agency in Massachusetts both for licensing and punitive fees.  Every time a state agency collects money, you the tax payer need to know about it.

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  • Who Audits the Police?

    As the story breaks about corruption and malfeasance at the State Police in Massachusetts, one has to ask where the audits were?  Follow this link to see ALL the audits the current Auditor is reporting and look for the audit of the state police that is supposed to be done every 3 years.  

    Now reread the story and decide if the State Police have been audited appropriately.  This salacious tale is going to be exploding all over Massachusetts media in the next few days.  The important question for you to ask is "when was the last time a full audit of the State Police was done?"

    I'm running to put ALL the state agencies books online all the time. 

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  • Why not disclose everything?

    In early January, The State Auditor's office, led by Suzanne Bump, terminated three people involved in data analytics, including two contractors and one full-time employee.  According top a spokesperson, the three were fired because of an "undisclosed potential conflict of interest".

    The matter has currently been referred to State Ethics Commission.  Ther auditor has also accrued the expense of hiring a national accounting firm to review the recent work of the fired employees.

    Ms. Bump has said the results of the review will be made public when it is completed.  For now however she said "Since the matter has been referred to the State Ethics Commission, no further details will be made available."

    So lets give credit where credit is due.  If you discover a potential conflict of interest in a position that must critically be impartial, you must treat it very seriously.  Ms. Bumps actions in firing the employees would seem prudent, though I am stuck on the waffling word "undisclosed potential conflict of interest."

    I acknowledge that Ms. Bump did indeed start of in the right direction in the journey to transparency, but that journey towards "right" ended as soon as she denied the public the knowledge of what actually transpired.  What could be the reason for not letting the public know the complete truth immediately?

    When elected auditor my commitment to real transparency will begins immediately.  We'll put all the books online all the time, and the very first state agency I will Audit is the office of the Auditor.

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  • Fishman Rips Politically Motivated DCF Audit

    http://www.auditmassachusetts.com -- 978.595.1396  -- Beverly, Massachusetts 

    For Immediate Release

    Candidate for State Auditor Daniel Fishman waded into the fray between current Auditor Suzanne Bump and Governor Charlie Baker with a blistering statement.

    Last Friday, December 7th, the Auditor's office issued a report extremely critical of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).   The report was based on data from January 1, 2014 to December 31 2015.  Governor Baker took office January 8th, 2015, but the report gave no indication if DCF seemed to be improving during Governor Baker's tenure.

    The report coincidentally was released one day after the Auditor announced her plan to seek a third term, which would give her 12 years in office.

    "The usage of the Auditor's office to score political points represents the worst of the tribalism that our nation's politics has devolved to. The Auditor should report facts consistently and impartially while remaining above any fight. There is unquestionably room for improvement at DCF, but by using DCF as a political football the Auditor is ensuring more battles over turf rather than moving the ball down the field.

    "The auditor is supposed to be the impartial referee in Massachusetts politics.  The referee shouldn't be wearing the jersey of one of the teams."

    In 2015 Auditor Bump settled a lawsuit for firing First Deputy Auditor Laura Marlin for $115,000.  In the suit Marlin claimed that she was fired for questioning the political motivations behind Bump insisting that a union whose endorsement she was courting be consulted about an audit into the Department of Children and Families.

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