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August 27, 2012

Travel fundraising for Gov. Patrick tops $1M


Patrick has said the new law will build off the 2006 landmark health care law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney that became the model for the federal law signed in 2010 by Obama.

Part of Patrick’s role as a political surrogate for Obama is to discuss what he says has been the success of the law in Massachusetts.

Patrick spent the money from his PAC for a range of expenses, including office and travel costs, consulting, dinners, staff salaries, hotel rooms, catering and car rentals. Among the expenses were reimbursements to the state for the expense of security details, including the travel costs.

As Election Day approaches, Patrick’s travels have picked up.

In April, he made a three-day West Coast swing that included planned fundraisers in Los Angeles and Seattle for his PAC and a keynote address at a Democratic Party dinner in Portland, Ore.

In May, he gave the keynote remarks at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner and stopped by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry, a free event for 1,000 or so local activists.

In June, he headed to Pennsylvania to talk with campaign workers and deliver the keynote address at a dinner sponsored by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

This week, Patrick hit the road again to discuss health care and the budget proposal of Romney’s running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan with a group of seniors in Madison and stop in Milwaukee before returning to Massachusetts.



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