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“Disappointing” said Libertarian candidate for Auditor Dan Fishman, upon reading a story in the Boston Globe by Matt Stout that three employees of State Auditor Suzanne Bump helped her in filing signatures for her reelection campaign while on the clock for the people of the Commonwealth.
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Fishman Calls for Immediate Audit of State Police Civil Asset Forfeiture.
"While this will be a constant area of focus in my tenure as Auditor, the issue is too pressing to leave till January 2019. I am calling on the current Auditor to step up and inform the public about the assets the State Police have seized without due process," Libertarian candidate for Auditor Dan Fishman said.
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Only 2 candidates have currently qualified to be on the ballot in the Auditor's race in Massachusetts. The 8 year incumbent, Democrat Suzanne Bump and Libertarian Dan Fishman have been certified by the Secretary of State ahead of the May 8th deadline for signatures for major parties being turned in.
With the sadly predictable news that 19 quasi-state agencies have been ignoring the law and not reporting their payrolls that are funded by taxpayers of the commonwealth, the question becomes once again, where were the audits that should have revealed this?
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Back in October of 2017, I criticized the Auditor for a data grab that was not required and expanded the power of the office. The Auditor was rejected in her scheme to be able to see private tax records by the legislature. Unsurprisingly she is at it again, proposing the same piece of legislation she has proposed every year since 2011.
I find this an astonishing affront to all tax payers. The Auditor is not doing her basic job of auditing every state agency every 3 years as was documented by the Boston Globe in 2014. I would suggest that instead of trying to use data to spy on the businesses, which is NOT part of her job description, the Auditor should be using big data to keep track of the agencies she IS CHARGED with auditing. As Louis Brandeis said: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." I will use the power of the office to put all the books online all the time.
Everyone is concerned now about our life data that is being tracked, so that our lives are transparent to government -- and yet the finances of the Commonwealth remain opaque to the citizens. We have a right to know how our money is spent. As Governor Weld famously said "There is no such thing as Government money -- only taxpayers' money!"
Let's spy on the government. As Auditor I will DEMAND access to ALL the financial transactions of every state agency and put them online so YOU can see how the government is spending YOUR money, instead of what the auditor wants, which is the other way around.
Massachusetts' money matters. It's time for an Auditor who doesn't root for the Republicans or the Democrats. The referee shouldn't be wearing the Jersey of one of the teams!
The Fishman for Auditor campaign is proud to announce the appointment of Matthew Hudson as Art Director.
Matthew is graphic designer with 20 years of experience who lives in North Central Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Full time marketing and digital media specialist, and owner / operator of Mountaintop Creative Group.
Below is the first poster Matt has created for the campaign.Continue reading
The Auditor shouldn't be playing catch up!
This fraud should have been apparent from the day it was committed. Instead it's only by digging BACK through the records that it was uncovered. Big data analysis is widely used by firms to reveal expense problems almost real time. Have you ever been notified by your credit card or email provider about suspicious activity? That's because they are analyzing the data. In order to ANALYZE the data, you have to collect it first.
If I'm elected, there will be no more ex post facto discovery. I will use the power of the auditor to require every agency to put ALL their financial transactions online all the time. It's time for technology. It's time for an Independent auditor.
Massachusetts Money Matters.
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.