Like you, I go to bed tonight to sleep and dream. And soon to rise and participate in the noblest of all responsibilities: voting.
This election is different. This election we make our stand. This is where we fight. Where we refuse those who tell us to hate our neighbors. Where we refuse to allow ourselves to be divided by fear.
Where we remember that in our country's name we are reminded that we are meant to be States UNITED.
And we are united in this cause: that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. It has not perished yet, but our American experiment is threatened. A class of professional politicians has become so good at winning elections that we feel we have to band together behind OUR professional politician to stop the other side from winning.
Yet the promise of our country is that all power derives from the people and that the people, united, can never be defeated. The parties want to pulls us apart because they can defeat us and rule us only when we are fractured and divided.
This election we have refused to be divided by identifying a cause that brings us all together. I am so proud that that cause has been my campaign. The overwhelming support the campaign has from Republicans and Democrats and Independents was been both broad and deep. We have, with less than a tenth of my opponents funds, become the campaign that is on fire. Endorsements from the two biggest papers in the state have made it apparent that our message of unity is resonating in every corner of the Commonwealth.
That unifying idea is a simple one: Government should not waste our money. And we should not elect a Republican or Democrat to audit Republicans and Democrats.
As auditor I cannot change anyone's tax rate. I cannot cut or increase spending. I can do very little except require every government agency in the Commonwealth to tell me how money they spent and received each day. And I will do that. I will restore to the auditor's office the mantle of impartiality and the cloak of integrity. I will end the requirement for the Auditor's employees to campaign for her. I will stop ALL political work for campaigns by people who work for the Auditor in their free time.
And I will do the job you elected me to. I will audit and expose. I will put all the Commonwealth's financial transactions online for everyone to see. Justice Brandeis famously said "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The stench of rot is strong in our states finances, but no Republican nor Democrat will draw back the curtains to let light shine upon their friends who are fleecing the taxpayers.
My opponents brag about how close they are to the Governor or the Speaker. They brag about the endorsements of people they would audit if they were elected! I find that completely inappropriate. I don't have any friends on Beacon Hill and I'm not going there to make any. I'm going to make enemies and found out where our money is.
I ask for your vote tomorrow. If we elect one more Republican or one more Democrat -- nothing changes. If we elect one Libertarian, American Revolution 2.0 starts in Massachusetts.
Your support over this long campaign has sustained me. Tomorrow at this time it will be over. And we will have shocked the world.
Thank you all for everything,
There are two great 3rd party candidates you need to know about.
Daniel Fishman is the Libertarian candidate running for Auditor. He asks "Why would we elect a Republican or Democrat to audit Republicans and Democrats?"
You can learn more about Dan here.
Jaime M. Guerin is running for Treasurer as the Green-Rainbow candidate. Jamie says "We need to shift the power into the hands of the people and the communities. Why not invest in ourselves?"
You can learn more about Jaime here.
* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 15, 2018 at 4:15pm *
"Fishman Challenges Bump, Brady to Inclusive Auditor Candidates Debate"
Last Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Daniel Fishman for Auditor campaign released a declaration of solidarity with Green-Rainbow candidate Jamie Guerin, who had been excluded by WGBH in its Treasurer debate. The following evening Fishman joined Guerin and a mixed group of Libertarian and Green-Rainbow volunteers in protest outside of the WGBH studio. The event goers demanded open and fair debates which include all balloted candidates. As WGBH is partially funded by taxpayers, the omission of Guerin was particularly egregious.
During the protest, Fishman and Jed Stamas, his Green-Rainbow opponent, agreed that a debate between the four balloted State Auditor candidates would be essential for voters to learn more about their choices. The Fishman campaign has not yet received an invitation from WGBH or from any other media outlet about creating the opportunity for such a debate.
Therefore, Daniel Fishman has resolved to take charge and demand an Auditor candidates forum take place for the benefit of Massachusetts voters.
Incumbent Auditor Suzanne Bump and Republican candidate Helen Brady are hereby challenged to a four-person debate with Daniel Fishman and Jed Stamas, provided Stamas remains committed to this endeavor.
*** Edit 10/15/18, 7:20pm - Jed Stamas, Green-Rainbow candidate for Auditor, confirms he will join Daniel Fishman in this debate. Candidates Suzanne Bump and Helen Brady have not yet responded. ***
Problem: The Auditor is not doing her job!
How Dan Fishman will fix it
From Massachusetts General Laws, Part I, Title II, Chapter 11, Section 12
"...the department may require the production of books, documents, vouchers and other records relating to any matter within the scope of an audit conducted under this section…
...an entity shall be subject to audit as often as the state auditor determines it necessary. "
Every time there is a debit or a credit to an agency bank account an electronic record is created. These records can be decorated when created with as much information at the auditor thinks necessary, such as what was the purpose of the expenditure, what category it fell into, who authorized it. Some of this information is currently stored in the C-Thru system.
Recorded properly, this metadata creates the framework for a comprehensive audit. Based on the MGL above, the Auditor can insist that this data be provided real time and implement technological solutions to collect all information immediately. This prevents ex post facto adjustments of numbers that might cover missing records or fraud.
A comprehensive audit also requires inventory of physical assets as well that are more difficult to account for electronically -- but not impossible. Every physical asset can be given an electronic record and then it's status can be reported electronically and every asset's status will be available to make sure that we are indeed auditing the agency once every 3 years.
Every record should be published online. As an example, citizen ought to be able to find out easily how much money the state spent on ammunition across all agencies, as well as how many guns the state owns and where they are. How many vehicles does the state own? How much do we spend on fuel every week?
And the system should police itself. It wasn't until Boston media researched the information that it was discovered that 19 "quasi state agencies" were not submitting payroll data, as they were required to by law. Automation solves these problems by sending alerts whenever any required data is missing.
Humans are biased and owe debts to political parties. Impartial machines running the beginning of audits will make the various state agencies much more responsive and responsible. It's time to get the politics out of the State Auditor's office
Correspondence between the Bump and Fishman campaigns
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In response to an endorsement on BlueMassGroup of Green Party candidate for Auditor Jeb Stamas, the Fishman campaign issued this memo:
The post on Blue Mass Group is filled with deliberate misinformation and misleading characterizations. The post demonstrates a failure to understand the power and purpose of the Auditor’s office.
The author characterizes Libertarians as “corporate friendly and regulation adverse.” The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts believe that all power derives from the people and stand counter to the Green Party and its suppression of minority beliefs for the “greater social welfare.”
Libertarian believe in maximum freedom and minimum government. As such a Libertarian is the perfect watchdog for government spending. Who will watch spending more closely -- A Libertarian who believes that every penny must be accounted for to the tax payers? Or a Green who believes that the government should provide free college to everyone, forgive all student debt and force everyone to have single payer healthcare regardless of fiscal realities?
Dan Fishman, as a computer scientist who has specialized in analyzing data in Special Education to make services more effective, can bring that same technological upgrade to the Auditor’s office. Fishman has pledged to put all the government's financial data online all the time, believing that sunlight is the best disinfectant. Fishman also will expose all the fees and licenses required in the Commonwealth. Dan Fishman has called for the end of the State's licensing of Fortune Tellers, though the Green Party would call that "regulation adverse."
Most importantly, Dan Fishman has taken the campaign seriously enough to go out and raise money to run an effective race. As of 9/15 the Fishman campaign had out spent every campaign in attempting to unseat the auditor. Fishman has been traversing the state asking the people of the Commonwealth “Why would you elect a Republican or Democrat to audit Republicans or Democrats?”
Dan Fishman has shown himself willing to do the work of campaigning, as opposed to the other “vanity” challengers who’s campaigns don’t blip on the media’s radar. Stamas and Brady are content to sit on the ballot, see their name in lights on election day, and fade into obscurity. Fishman is running to give the people the independent Auditor they deserve to watch over their tax dollars.
Commonwealth Auditor Suzanne Bump started a he said/she said furor between the old parties in Massachusetts when she claimed that the RMV had issued drivers licenses for 1900 people who were on the Social Security Master Death list. The Baker administration (and Dan Fishman, Libertarian candidate for Auditor) claimed that the audit was politically motivated. The Baker administration went so far as to claim that no erroneous licenses were issued.
"The Baker Administration rightfully claims that there is a privacy issue around drivers licenses, but if there are indeed dead people whose credentials were used to issue licenses or who received licenses, they have no right to privacy. Rights only belong to the living" said candidate Fishman. "I call upon the Auditor to release the names of the 1900 dead people she claims were issued licenses. Is the using shadowy allegations and stirring anti-immigrant furor for political gain? Such behavior is repugnant from an elected official, and the Massachusetts electorate will not stand for it.
"I call on the Auditor to prove her claims and release the names or to admit that she is in fact playing to the basest nature of our political cycle. Rather than hide behind an erroneous defense of "privacy" she must either acknowledge that the dead have no right to privacy and release the names or admit that she fabricated the evidence."
Some employees at the RMV were sentenced earlier this year for illegally issuing licenses to undocumented people in Massachusetts.
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With the announcement that State Auditor Suzanne Bump has accused the RMV of having issued driver's licenses to 1900 people in the Commonwealth who were deceased, we see an example of government inefficiency at work, enabled by the auditor.
Bump is complaining that the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is not checking the licenses they are issuing against the Social Security Master Death List. In other words, the RMV is allegedly issuing driver's licenses to people who are using the names of people who have died to obtain fraudulent driver's licenses. The RMV has denied this, claiming the Auditor had the wrong data.
The timing of the report is particularly suspect. Bump issued the report the same day she chaired an event for the Democrat running for Governor against Charlie Baker. Governor Baker has praised the new efficiency at the RMV, and a criticism of the RMV is a clear political attack against Baker.
Considering the audit covered data from July 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016, why is the audit being released 8 weeks before the Massachusetts election for Governor and Auditor? Why has the Auditor issued 8 press releases in the last 30 days when over the previous 30 days she did not issue any press releases?
Bump has a history of abusing the power of her office to benefit her campaign. In 2015 she settled a wrongful termination suit around abusing her official power to campaign, and in 2018 the Boston Globe proved that employees from the Auditor's office were engaged in campaign work for the Bump while being paid by the taxpayers.
This report is one more example of how the Bump is abusing her power and using her office to campaign, doing everything she can to generate media interest in her office.
Sadly, Bump doesn't realize that this report actually represents an example of how backwards the office is technologically. The Auditor ought to have a microservice in place, publicly available to check if a person in the Commonwealth is listed as dead. Such a service would be useful for more that the RMV. MassHealth could benefit from such a service, as could any department that provides money or services.
It is a disgrace technologically that Bump took so long to find this problem and file this audit. Checking an application for a driver's license against the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File ought to be a sub-second task. It should in fact be happening in real time AND there ought to be a log of every application for a driver's license and the results of every test that was applied to ensure the integrity of the system.
Bump, however, has no understanding of the power of data. An audit requiring the Auditor to look up individual records against the Master Death list is incredibly inefficient. Instead, the Auditor should be requiring every application for a driver's license to include information about when the application was checked against the Master Death List and what the results were.
This sort of business rules logic is common in industry, but sadly, being 20 years behind the times technologically is something the current Auditor thinks is praiseworthy.
As a Computer Scientist I will use the power of the auditor to make sure that state agencies are recording and reporting the right data. A report is useless if the data included is not sufficient to audit an agency. The Auditor, via Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, has the power to require all the necessary and sufficient information for an audit to be delivered to the office of the auditor for process.
This auditor has no comprehension of what comprises necessary and sufficient information, nor how to automate the review of that information. And in reality, she has no interest in conducting audits like that as evidenced by the law she got her democratic colleagues to pass.
On January 13, 2017, HB4720 was signed into law, which was brought forward by Auditor Bump. This measure changes certain statutorily required audit schedules to align with the OSA’s standard three year audit cycle, while allowing for discretionary audits of agencies that are at a lower risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.
The idea that the Auditor has discretion about which agencies get audited is a terrible idea and smacks of the worst sort of political protectionism. Are you a democratic sheriff running for reelection? No audit for you! Are you a Republican sheriff running against a Democrat? Expect a probing audit!
And that's not right. Why would we elect a Republican or a Democrat to audit Republicans and Democrats? Republicans and Democrats are playing political football and the Auditor should be the referee, making sure that everyone is playing by the rules.
The referee shouldn't be wearing a jersey of one of the teams.
2018.09.05 For Immediate Release.
“Shameful” was the word Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman used upon learning that many unenrolled voters across the Commonwealth had been told that there was no Libertarian ballot. Other voters when asking specifically for the Libertarian ballot were told that there was no one on the Libertarian ballot to vote for, even though Daniel Fishman was on every ballot. And some unenrolled voters were told that they had to choose from Republican or Democrat if they were unenrolled, because only Libertarians were allowed to vote in the Libertarian primary.
While a specific instance of impropriety by one poll worker can be written off as a local error, a wider range of incidents taints Secretary Galvin, the official in charge of elections in Massachusetts. Galvin has a long history of contempt towards the sanctity of elections -- something that Democratic Boston City Councillor Josh Zakim brought up during his primary race against Galvin. At the DNC in 2016, Galvin said “a third party vote is a wasted voted” to try to encourage supporters of other candidates to vote for Hillary Clinton.
“It was completely inappropriate for the highest ranking election official in the state to tell voters they should not vote for a third party candidate.” Fishman stated at a party in Boston celebrating his campaign’s unopposed victory in the primary. “In light of the Secretary of State also illegally allowing his employees to do political work for him while they were being paid by the taxpayers, it seems Secretary Galvin is due to be relieved.”
“Which is why I place great hope for Anthony Amore to win the Secretary of State’s race in November. People who are interested in elections that are fair should realize that the current Secretary of State is using the process to keep himself and his political allies in office.
“I am happy to endorse Amore for Secretary of State and will be voting for him in November. I would encourage all supporters of Liberty and fair elections to do so as well.”
The Fishman Campaign is running for State Auditor looking to unseat 8 year incumbent Suzanne Bump as she tries to extend her tenure to 12 years. The Democrats have held the Auditor’s office since 1931. Sarbanes-Oxley requires publicly traded companies to change their auditors every 5 years.
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