We at Post Somerville are excited to announce that, through a Freedom of Information Act request facilitated by MuckRock, the most recent campaign finance reports for the mayor of Somerville and members of the Board of Aldermen are now available online.
These reports detail both the contributions from individuals to these officials’ campaigns and the way the money was spent.
This information is critical to understanding the relationship between money and politics in Somerville. While these reports are only one piece of the puzzle, even a quick glance will show that many who get contracts and receive zoning relief from the city appear in these lists.
Until now, this information has only been available to people willing to go to City Hall and ask to see the reports. Having these reports online means anyone can access them at any time – without city officials knowing you’re looking at them.
Post Somerville will be analyzing the reports in the coming months. We will also be working to expand disclosure by obtaining both older filings. Please feel free to share any ideas about what you would like to see come from this project.
Thanks again to: MuckRock’s Michael Morisy, those who provided funding through Spot.us, and the City of Somerville Elections Department, for their help in putting these documents where they belong.