Martha Coakley

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Martha Coakley
Martha Coakley.jpg
Attorney General of Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
January 17, 2007 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorThomas Reilly (D)
Compensation
Base salary$130,582
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Campaign $$5,736,827
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolDrury High School (1971)
Bachelor'sWilliams College (1975)
J.D.Boston University School of Law (1979)
Personal
BirthdayJuly 14, 1953
Place of birthLee, Massachusetts
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Martha Coakley campaign logo
Martha Coakley (born July 14, 1953, in Lee, MA) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Massachusetts. She was first elected attorney general on November 7, 2006, and was sworn in January 17, 2007, becoming the first woman to hold the office in Massachusetts history. Coakley was re-elected in 2010, running unopposed in the Democratic primary and then trouncing Republican challenger James P. McKenna in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Despite being eligible for a third term as attorney general, Coakley ran for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 elections. The governor's race was open in 2014 due to the retirement of Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick.[1] Coakley won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the September 9 primary; she and running mate for lieutenant governor Steve Kerrigan faced the Republican ticket of Charles D. Baker and Karyn Polito and three Independent tickets in the general election on November 4, 2014. Martha Coakley lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

A former private practice attorney for the Boston firm Goodwin, Procter, & Hoar, Coakley joined the District Attorney's Office in 1986, and served there on and off until her appointment as Chief of the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit. Coakley also has two years of experience serving as Special Attorney for its Boston Organized Crime Strike Force, a role to which she was appointed by the United States Justice Department. She entered politics in 1997 with her campaign for District Attorney in the 54 cities and towns of Middlesex County. In 1998, Coakley was named Woman of the Year by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.

Coakley garnered national attention for her-ultimately unsuccessful-bid for United States Senate in the 2010 special election to fill the seat left vacant following the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on August 25, 2009. Despite a challenging primary campaign, Coakley received the Democratic nomination on December 8, 2009, garnering slightly over forty-six percent of the vote over her three opponents.[2] She went on to lose the January 19, 2010 general election to Republican Scott P. Brown. The election drew intense interest in large part because of its then-predicted ramifications on the fate of Democrat-supported federal healthcare reform in Congress.

Current incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick's 2011 announcement that he would not run for re-election in 2014 intensified previous rumors that Coakley had eyes on a higher office. In April 2012, Coakley dispelled these rumors by declaring her intention to run for a third term as attorney general in 2014.[3] Perhaps the subsequent vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office–following Tim Murray's abrupt resignation in order to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce–contributed to Coakley's change of heart, but on September 9, 2013, exactly one year before the 2014 primaries would be held, Coakley formally launched her 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[4][5]

Biography

Coakley started out as an associate with the law firm of Parker, Coulter, Daley, & White, and later practiced as an attorney for Goodwin, Procter, & Hoar; both were based out of Boston.

She served in the District Court office in Lowell, Mass., as an assistant to the District Attorney in 1986. A year later, Coakley was invited by the United States Justice Department to join its Boston Organized Crime Strike Force as a Special Attorney. Coakley then returned to the District Attorney's Office in 1989 before being appointed the Chief of the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit two years later. She remained in this position until December 1997 when she resigned in order to campaign for District Attorney in the 54 cities and towns of Middlesex County.

In addition to her professional duties, Coakley has served, or currently serves, in several leadership roles, including:

  • President, Massachusetts District Attorney's Association (2002)
  • Board of Directors, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Former Chair/Board of Directors, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Incorporated
  • Former President, Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts

She has also been received many awards in recognition for her work as a lawyer and public servant, such as the Woman of the Year Award (1998) from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, the Leila J. Robinson Award (2000) from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Management in Government (2004) from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (2006) from the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Excellence in Computer Forensics Award (2009) from the Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC).

Education

  • Graduated from Drury High School (1971)
  • Bachelor's degree, Williams College (1975) cum laude
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Boston University School of Law (1979)

Political Career

Attorney General (2006-present)

Coakley was first elected attorney general of Massachusetts in November 2006. When she took her oath of office on January 17, 2007, she became the first woman in state history to serve as attorney general.

As attorney general, Coakley is responsible for overseeing the five bureaus which make up the Department of the Attorney General: Executive, Business and Labor Protection, Criminal, Government and Public Protection.[6]

Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act

On March 11, 2013, Coakley, together with twelve other state attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress in support of the Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act, a bill which would ban for-profit colleges from using federal funds for marketing and recruiting techniques.[7] Sponsored by Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the chamber's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the law aims to “ensure that scarce federal education dollars will be used to serve and educate students rather than to finance advertising campaigns, recruitment operations, and aggressive marketing.”[8] Consumer protection is one of the key duties assigned to the attorney general in each state.

According to the law's text, student enrollment at for-profit degree-issuing institutions such as the University of Phoenix more than doubled between 1998-2008, during which time the federal government--through student financial assistance programs--provided 86 percent of revenues to 15 reviewed publicly traded companies operating these for-profit colleges. A separate analysis of 15 such companies concluded that, on average, 28 percent of all expenditures were on advertising, marketing, and recruiting. Critics, including the attorneys general responsible for the letter advocating the bill's passage, contend that these expenditures are used to deceive consumers about program costs, graduation rates, or their employment potential beyond graduation. The bill seeks to restrict spending of this nature by higher education institutions or other postsecondary educational institution by prohibiting use of federal loans or grants in specific areas, and requiring that all such institutions whose revenues can be traced to federal educational assistance funds "report annually to the Secretary and to Congress the institution's expenditures on advertising, marketing, and recruiting."[7]

In the letter, the attorneys general urged, “Federal taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for aggressive recruiting and deceptive sales tactics of colleges that have placed profits ahead of ensuring student success.”[9] There are an estimated 3,000 for-profit schools nationwide, though neither the letter nor the bill cited the name of a specific institution.[10]


ACORN

See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

Coakley was one of six state attorneys general, all of whom belonged to the Democratic Party, who received the highest rating, a letter grade of A+, from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the liberal political organization, ACORN. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group.[11]

Death penalty

When she was elected Massachusetts Attorney General in 2006, Coakley had "favored capital punishment for cop killers and murderers who slay again while in prison." However her stance on capital punishment fluctuated during her 2010 United States Senate special election campaign. In October 2009, faced with an ever increasingly tight Democratic primary, she presented herself as the true progressive candidate and arguing that the "death penalty is not appropriate," even when it comes to terrorists facing trial in the United States, like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, mastermind of the September 11 attacks. Coakley used this statement to contrast herself with her main rival for the Democratic nomination, Mike Capuano, who had voted in favor of anti-terror legislation that included capital punishment measures.

Three months later, during the third and final senatorial debate, her Republican opponent, Scott P. Brown, asked whether Coakley supported the idea of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed receiving the death penalty. Although personally opposed to it and would never vote for it, Coakley assured, she said it is "what the law of the land is and I would support the law of the land." The response was reportedly considered to be ambiguous to voters.[12]

Healthcare Reform

At a rally held on September 7, 2009, in support of President Barack Obama's proposed health care reform legislation, Coakley declared that were she a senator any health care measure up for a vote in the United States Senate would need a public option in order to garner her support.[13]

Coakley expressed measurable disapproval over the health care reform bill passed by a slim margin within the United States House of Representatives in November 2009 in large part because "it contains a provision restricting federal funding for abortion." The Massachusetts Attorney General, in an attempt to position herself within the campaign for the late-Edward Kennedy's vacant United States Senate seat as the far-left candidate, boldly declared "fighting for women’s access to abortions was more important than passing the overall bill." The Stupak-Pitt amendment to the House of Representatives' Affordable Healthcare for America Act prohibited use of Federal funds to pay for any abortion or any part of the costs of any health care plan that included coverage for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. Coakley decried the amendment which coaxed a number of conservative blue-dog Democrats to support the House's health care reform legislation as progress as it was made at the "expense of women’s access to reproductive rights."[14]

Her tune concerning abortion rights and health care reform changed considerably after securing the Democratic nomination in December 2009. In a statement given to The Boston Globe, Coakley said that "although she was disappointed that the Senate bill 'gives states additional options regarding the funding mechanisms for women’s reproductive health services,' she would reluctantly support it because it would provide coverage for millions of uninsured people and reduce costs."[15]

Illegal immigration

With the passage of SB1070 by the Arizona State Senate bringing the issue of illegal immigration to the forefront of the national stage, constituents in Massachusetts questioned why their state continues to attract illegal aliens. Though she was not present at a press conference held at the State House to address concerns over the matter, Coakley, in an interview conducted with local radio station WCRN, produced a seemingly contradictory statement, arguing that “technically it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts.”[16]

Regulation of e-cigarettes

In a broad, bipartisan move, 37 state attorneys general sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on September 24, 2013, asking the agency "to take all available measures" to regulate the advertising, ingredients and sale of e-cigarettes.[17]

The letter, co-sponsored by Coakley and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R), was especially aimed towards youth, as Coakley stated, "People, especially kids, are being led to believe that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative, but they are highly addictive and can deliver strong doses of nicotine. We urge the FDA to act quickly to ensure that these products are regulated to protect the public, and are no longer advertised or sold to youth."[18]

The FDA has had authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco since 2009, but currently does not regulate pipe tobacco, cigars or e-cigarettes. Under the law, the FDA can expand their authority into these products, but first must issue new regulations, something it said are in development.[19]

Alongside Massachusetts and Ohio, attorneys general from the following states signed the letter: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. They were also joined by the attorneys general of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.[20]

War in Afghanistan

Coakley, faced with an increasingly tight Democratic primary race to fill the United States Senate seat left vacant by the late-Edward Kennedy, appealed to the anti-war constituents within her state by declaring her opposition to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Her statement came just two days prior to President Obama's announcement of an escalation plan for the war in Afghanistan after months of dithering on the decision. Coakley expressed distrust with the Afghan government of President Karzai and argued that "without a credible Afghan partner, we cannot achieve a goal of securing this country with increased troop levels and then implementing a sound exit strategy that leaves it in the hands of a stable Afghan government."[21]

When the issue of the war in Afghanistan came up in the course of the third and final senatorial debate on January 11, 2010, Coakley produced a significant gaffe, believing the country to be terrorist free and calling for U.S. troops to be brought home. In her response to the question posed by the moderator, she stated, "I think we have done what we are going to be able to do in Afghanistan. I think that we should plan an exit strategy. Yes. I’m not sure there is a way to succeed. If the goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists. We supported that. I supported that. They’re gone. They’re not there anymore."[22] Asked the next day by reporters whether she stood by her remark, Coakley "listened to the question, then quickly looked in a different direction."[23]

District Attorney of Middlesex County (1999-2007)

Coakley served as District Attorney of Middlesex County, Massachusetts from 1999 to 2007.

Amirault rape case

Gerald Amirault was convicted, along with his mother, Violet, and sister, Cheryl, in separate trials, in 1986 of molesting and raping eight children - six girls and three boys - at the Fells Acres Day Care Center run by his family in Malden, Massachusetts. In spite of no physical evidence or even witnesses to the alleged acts of sexual abuse to collaborate the claims made by these young children, Gerald was sentenced to 30-40 years in prison. After spending fifteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Gerald Amirault was finally granted clemency unanimously by the Massachusetts parole board in July 2001. In its recommendation to the governor, Jane Swift, the board noted that "(i)t is clearly a matter of public knowledge that, at the minimum, real and substantial doubt exists concerning petitioner's conviction."[24] It was alleged that Coakley, as Middlesex County District Attorney, "did everything in her power to see that he stayed in prison, including sending an assistant DA to oppose his release at the hearing."[25]

Heart donation overruled

Katharine Ristich of the online cardiology website, The Heart, believes that in addition to the death of Coach Michael Costin at the hands of Thomas "Hockey Dad" Junta in the course of a hockey rink fight back in 2000, another senseless death may have occurred as a result of then-district attorney Martha Coakley overruling "a request from Costin's family to donate his heart in a transplant to save another person's life." The Boston Globe reported on January 25, 2002, the day Junta was sentenced to jail for six-to-ten years, that Coakley blocked the request after Costin was pronounced brain-dead by his doctors in order "to preclude any possibility that his assailant's lawyer might contend at the trial that Costin died of a pre-existing heart condition rather than the beating."

Although from a certain legal standpoint Coakley's decision to overrule the family's request made sense at the time, some doctors objected to her claim. Coakley explained to the Boston Globe that "need to maintain the integrity of the case trumped donation," noting that an EMT at the scene believed the death was a result of a possible heart attack which might have given the defense an issue at trial. Several cardiologists, however, disagreed, arguing that "transplant surgeons would have rejected it if any defects were discovered."[26]

Winfield child rape case

In October 2005, a thirty-one year old Somerville police officer named Keith Winfield "raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron." Despite statements directly from Winfield affirming what took place, no punitive actions were taken by a Middlesex grand jury under the direction of then-district attorney, Martha Coakley. It wasn't until the mother of the raped toddler filed a formal complaint that Coakley even secured rape, assault, and battery charges against Winfield. Less then ten months later, however, "Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail," remaining free and unsupervised until December 2007.[27] It was around this time, when Coakley had been elected State Attorney General, that her successor as district attorney stepped in and was able to win both a conviction and two life sentences against Winfield. Coakley maintained that her office handled the investigation in the right manner.

On The Issues Vote Match

Martha Coakley's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Coakley is a Liberal Populist. Coakley received a score of 55 percent on social issues and 12 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Although eligible for re-election as attorney general in 2014, Coakley ran for the open seat of Governor of Massachusetts.

Coakley secured the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. She and lieutenant gubernatorial running mate Steve Kerrigan faced the Republican ticket of Charles D. Baker and Karyn Polito and three Independent tickets in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary election
Governor of Massachusetts, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Coakley 42.4% 229,156
Steve Grossman 36.4% 196,594
Don Berwick 21.1% 113,988
Write-in candidates 0.2% 995
Total Votes 540,733
Election Results Via:Massachusetts Secretary of State.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles D. Baker/Karyn Polito 48.4% 1,044,573
     Democratic Martha Coakley/Steve Kerrigan 46.5% 1,004,408
     United Independent Evan Falchuk/Angus Jennings 3.3% 71,814
     Independent Scott Lively/Shelly Saunders 0.9% 19,378
     Independent Jeffrey McCormick/Tracy Post 0.8% 16,295
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,158,326
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Campaign media

Primary election

Martha Coakley ad: For Us
General election

Martha Coakley ad: "Plan," September 15, 2014

Martha Coakley ad: "Edward," October 2, 2014

Race background

Current incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat first elected in 2006, was eligible to run for re-election in 2014. However, after winning re-election in 2010, Patrick stated that he would not seek a third term as governor in the 2014 election.[30][31]

Democratic nomination

The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which took place on September 9, 2014, attracted several current officeholders. Treasurer Steven Grossman won the state Democratic convention on June 14, 2014, while Attorney General Martha Coakley came in second. Physician Donald Berwick also secured a place on the primary ballot. Candidates Joe Avellone and Juliette Kayyem failed to achieve 15 percent of the convention backing to reach the primary ballot.[32][33] Coakley was the leading candidate in all polls against Grossman, but did not win over the party itself prior to the primary. Analysts posited that Coakley defeated Grossman based on higher name recognition. Party leaders were concerned she will not be able to win the general election. Grossman was the former chairman of the state and national Democratic parties.[34] Coakley defeated Grossman and Berwick in the September primary to reach the general election ballot.

Republican nomination

Daniel Wolf, a Republican state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.[35][36] On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the gubernatorial race.[37][38][39] The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013. [40][41][42][37]

Charlie Baker, a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, Mark Fisher, originally appeared to have narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15 percent of the vote with just 14.765 percent, but after challenging the results in court the judge ruled that Fisher should be allowed to appear with Baker on the primary ballot.[43][44] The blank ballots that were cast at the convention were counted in the total, reducing the percentage that Fisher received just enough to push him off the ballot. Kirsten Hughes, the Massachusetts Republican party chairwoman, told the media after the convention that blanks should not count towards the total. She retracted that statement days later saying she misspoke.[45][46][47] Baker defeated Fisher in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.

Baker will have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican in order to distance himself from Coakley. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of his conservative Republican supporters.[48]


Debates

Debate media


August 21 independent debate

August 21 Republican debate

General election

October 7 debate

All five candidates met for a debate prior to the general election, though sharp attacks between Coakley and Baker were the headline event. The two candidates battled over reform of the state's child welfare system and Baker's tenure as chief executive for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. A super PAC supporting Baker's campaign has claimed in ads that Coakley opposed reforms to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families during her time as attorney general. Baker continued this attack by pointing out Coakley's defense of the state in 2010 from a lawsuit filed by a child welfare group concerned about the department's handling of foster care. Coakley responded that she was tasked with defending the state's interests as attorney general.[49]

Coakley attacked Baker for accepting a growing salary during his time at Harvard Pilgrim after he was brought in to improve the company's financial outlook. She argued that Baker's salary grew from $600,000 per year to $1.7 million per year while senior citizens were dropped from coverage. Baker countered that his salary was established by a board of directors and his work helped prevent Harvard Pilgrim from going under, which would have weakened health services in the state.[49]

Primary election

August 21 independent debate

Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick discussed the state's economic fortunes, taxes and a statewide initiative on casinos in a debate hosted by Middlesex Community College. Falchuk, who is running as the United Independent Party candidate, argued that high healthcare costs and limited housing options have led to the state's economic struggles. McCormick countered that job creation and energy costs are the main culprits for economic problems.[50]

McCormick was taken to task by Falchuk over his proposal for a lowered state income tax and shrinking of state agencies. This proposal would establish a five-percent income tax and reduce the number of state jobs by eliminating positions as employees retire or move to new jobs. Falchuk suggested that the proposal doesn't make financial sense, and pushed McCormick to name specific jobs that should be eliminated. McCormick countered that recent investigations into corruption at the state probation department highlights the state's wasteful spending.[50]

The two independent candidates also sparred over Question 3 on the November 4 ballot, which would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate in Massachusetts. McCormick supports Question 3, claiming that the law is only beneficial to casino operators. Falchuk opposes Question 3, as he believes that the people of Massachusetts and their representatives already dealt with the matter. He compared the measure to efforts by congressional Republicans to sue President Barack Obama over the Affordable Care Act.[50]

August 21 Republican debate

Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher faced off over jobs, schools and gun control in a debate hosted by Middlesex Community College. Both candidates argued that government spending and regulations must be reduced to create a better environment for job creation. Baker suggested that a Republican should be elected governor in order to create "constructive friction" with the Democratic-controlled legislature that would yield new ideas. Fisher highlighted the need to end state spending on food stamps and other programs used by illegal immigrants.[51]

The debate turned toward a discussion of higher education costs in Massachusetts. Baker promoted solutions including three-year undergraduate programs, online education options and co-op programs at state universities. Fisher, the owner of a manufacturing firm, touted vocational education as a solution not only to college debt, but job preparation for graduates.[51]

Baker and Fisher shared conflicting views regarding the state's approach to gun violence. Baker suggested that smart-gun technology, which would require fingerprint identification before a gun can be discharged, should be available for gun owners. He also cited illegal weapons trafficking as a major issue facing the state. Fisher disagreed with Baker's assessment, suggesting that current laws are restrictive and only impact lawful gun owners.[51]

August 20 Democratic debate

Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Don Berwick discussed the Question 3 measure on casinos and gambling in Massachusetts during their debate at Stonehill College. Berwick differentiated himself from Coakley and Grossman by supporting Question 3, citing negative impacts on communities that host casinos. Coakley argued that she prefers other methods of economic growth, but revenue streams from casinos are used to strengthen programs to reduce gambling addiction. Grossman noted that casinos will add 15,000 jobs to the state when they open and will keep money from heading to casinos in other states.[52]

Coakley and Grossman took jabs at each other over campaign finances following a discussion of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's indictment for abuse of official capacity. Grossman branched off the question about Perry to point out a case where Coakley's office charged a lobbying firm with illegally charging a client for fees dependent on successful lobbying to the Massachusetts State Legislature. The attorney general announced that the Brennan Group, run by former state Sen. John Brennan, would pay $100,000 to the Franciscan Hospital for Children. Grossman noted that the settlement was far short of the $370,855 in fees paid to the group, and asked Coakley if Brennan was a donor to her campaign. Coakley answered that her campaign contributions were publicly available, and expressed opposition to unlimited funding through super PACs. Grossman's mother is the lead funding source for a super PAC that supports the gubernatorial candidate.[52]

Polls

General election
All candidates: October 2014

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Five-way race: October 2014
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickScott LivelyDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass Amherst/WBZ
September 26-October 2, 2014
48%44%2%2%2%2%+/-5.5414
WBUR
October 1-4, 2014
41%39%2%2%1%15%+/-4.4504
The Boston Globe
October 5-7, 2014
39%34%3%2%2%20%+/-4.9400
WBUR
October 8-11, 2014
42%39%2%2%1%14%+/-4.4500
The Boston Globe
October 12-14, 2014
37%39%3%2%2%17%+/-4.9400
WBUR
October 15-18, 2014
42%43%1%2%1%10%+/-4.4501
The Boston Globe
October 19-21, 2014
37%46%3%2%2%8%+/-4.9400
UMass Lowell
October 21-25, 2014
41%45%3%2%1%8%+/-3.6601
WBUR
October 22-25, 2014
40%41%4%1%2%12%+/-4.4494
AVERAGES 40.78% 41.11% 2.56% 1.89% 1.56% 11.78% +/-4.6 468.22
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

All candidates through September 2014

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Five-way race: Through September 2014
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickScott LivelyDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR
September 16-21, 2014
43%34%2%1%1%19%+/-4.4502
UMass Amherst/WBZ
September 19-23, 2014
46%45%2%2%2%3%+/-4.4600
Western New England University Polling Institute
September 20-28, 2014
43%44%2%2%1%8%+/-4598
The Boston Globe
September 21-23, 2014
38%40%2%2%1%18%+/-4.9400
WBUR
September 24-27, 2014
41%38%1%2%1%17%+/-4.4503
The Boston Globe
September 25-28, 2014
43.8%43.2%2%1.6%0.4%9%+/-4500
SocialSphere
September 28-30, 2014
36%39%2%1%1%21%+/-4.89401
AVERAGES 41.54% 40.46% 1.86% 1.66% 1.06% 13.57% +/-4.43 500.57
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Four-way race
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
54%25%3%3%15%+/-5424
The Boston Globe
July 13-15, 2014
38%33%1%8%19%+/-5625
AVERAGES 46% 29% 2% 5.5% 17% +/-5 524.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Major-party candidates

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 - Coakley v. Baker
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerIndependent/otherDon't know/RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR
September 11-14, 2014
44%35%15%6%+/-4.4504
The Boston Globe
September 14-16, 2014
39%36%6%19%+/-4.9407
Rasmussen Reports
September 16-17, 2014
42%42%5%10%+/-4750
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
47%41%1%11%+/-22,389
Rasmussen Reports
October 13-14, 2014
46%48%2%5%+/-3980
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
October 20-22, 2014
45%44%5%5%+/-4611
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
45%41%1%13%+/-32,218
Emerson College Polling Society
October 26-29, 2014
42%48%4%6%+/-3.85627
AVERAGES 43.75% 41.88% 4.88% 9.38% +/-3.64 1,060.75
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Primary and hypothetical polls

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Four-way race with Grossman
Poll Steve Grossman Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't knowRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
38%29%4%9%19%1%+/-5424
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Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickJoe AvelloneDan WolfJuliette KayyemUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(September 20-23, 2013)
57%10%6%4%3%2%17%+/-5.4324
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Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(July 13-15, 2014)
46%18%5%30%+/-5347
Suffolk University/Boston Herald
(August 2014)
42.3%30%15.7%12%+/-0400
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(August 25-31, 2014)
52%20%9%19%+/-4.55685
AVERAGES 46.77% 22.67% 9.9% 20.33% +/-3.18 477.33
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Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-up: Charlie Baker vs. Democratic Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanDonald BerwickJuliette KayyemNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
34%45%0%0%0%21%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
29%0%35%0%0%36%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%29%0%37%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%0%32%36%+/-5.9500
AVERAGES 31.75% 11.25% 8.75% 7.25% 8% 32.5% +/-5.9 500
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**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
36%46%0%18%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
35%0%34%31%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 35.5% 23% 17% 24.5% +/-4.4 500
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**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Mark Fisher vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Mark Fisher Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
30%50%0%20%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
26%0%35%38%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 28% 25% 17.5% 29% +/-4.4 500
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**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker and Independents vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Jeff McCormickEvan FalchukMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanDon BerwickJuliette KayyemJoe AvelloneAnother candidateUndecided/Refused/Won't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
29%3%1%39%0%0%0%0%2%26%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
33%5%1%0%23%0%0%0%2%36%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%13%0%0%2%40%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
37%7%2%0%0%0%15%0%1%38%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%0%0%13%2%39%+/-4.4504
AVERAGES 34.2% 6.2% 1.6% 7.8% 4.6% 2.6% 3% 2.6% 1.8% 35.8% +/-4.4 504
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Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker (R)* Martha CoakleyMike CapuanoDon BerwickSteve GrossmanJoe AvelloneNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%51%0%0%0%0%11%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%42%0%0%21%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%0%0%31%0%0%31%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%0%38%0%25%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
40%0%0%0%0%30%30%+/-4.0616
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
34%54%0%0%0%0%10%+/-5.0431
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
30%0%0%0%43%0%25%+/-5.0431
AVERAGES 36.29% 15% 0% 10.43% 11.57% 4.29% 21.86% +/-4.29 563.14
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Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups with Various Republican Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Evan FalchukJeff McCormickMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanJuliette KayyemDon BerwickJoe AvelloneUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%7%37%0%0%0%0%22%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%8%0%26%0%0%0%31%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%7%0%0%20%0%0%36%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
37%2%9%0%0%0%18%0%35%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%9%0%0%0%0%17%36%+/-4.0602
AVERAGES 34.6% 2% 8% 7.4% 5.2% 4% 3.6% 3.4% 32% +/-4 602
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Endorsements

Coakley's 2014 gubernatorial campaign was endorsed by EMILY's List. President of the organization Stephanie Schriock touted Coakley's 30-year public service record, specifically her efforts cracking down on domestic abuse in her early days as district attorney, and called her a "trailblazer," in the press release announcing the endorsement. Coakley would be "the kind of bold, pragmatic governor that Massachusetts women and families need, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is excited to support her campaign," Schriock stated.[53]

2010

U.S. Senate

See also: U.S. Senate special election, Massachusetts, 2010
United States Senate
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Elections, 2010
Primary election dates, 2010

A 2010 United States Senate special election took place in Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, to fill the United States Senate seat left vacant following the death of former United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy on August 25, 2009.

Despite a fierce and competitive campaign, Coakley received the Democratic nomination on December 8, 2009, garnering slightly over forty-six percent of the vote over her three challengers.[2]

A little over a month later, though, Republican Scott P. Brown was the one who emerged victorious, with Coakley conceding the election about 90 minutes after the polls closed when about 70% of polls had reported their results. After all the ballots had been counted, Brown ended up with a margin of victory of 4.8 percentage points over Coakley.[54]

Ethics complaint
See also: Service Employees International Union

Late in the Democratic primary campaign for the Massachusetts United States Senate seat, Coakley received both the physical and monetary assistance of the SEIU in the form of a radio advertisement buy "totaling $214,000 in the Boston area."[55] Just a week earlier, however, the ethical use of state public resources was questioned when the SEIU Local 509, the "union representing state employees, sent an email urging state workers to volunteer for Coakley’s campaign."[56] Three weeks after this report was released, her Republican opponent Scott Brown "filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission."[57]

Garden club crackdown

In the midst of her increasingly tight senatorial race against Republican opponent Scott P. Brown, Coakley drew the ire of many Bay State gardening clubs after her office sent strongly worded letters to their members, many of whom lived in nursing homes, in an effort to crackdown on charities "failing to file financial disclosure forms."[58] A fair number of members, scared and confused by the stern correspondence, vowed on taking their frustrations out on Coakley in the voting booth.

Vacation

Coakley drew the ire of not only her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, but the local state media as well when she decided to take a vacation just twenty days before a special election was to be held in Massachusetts to decide who would the vacant United States Senate seat. Holly Robichaud at The Boston Herald questioned whether Coakley "need[ed] the rest or she [is] just the most cocky candidate in the Commonwealth’s history?"[59]

U.S. Senate Special Election, Massachusetts, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Brown 51.9% 1,168,178
     Democratic Martha Coakley 47.1% 1,060,861
     Libertarian Joseph L. Kennedy 1% 22,388
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 1,155
Total Votes 2,252,582
Source: Elections Division, State of Massachusetts, "Special Election Results, January 19, 2010"


Coakley won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate Special Election.

U.S. Senate Special Election, Democratic Primary, Massachusetts, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Coakley 46.8% 310,827
Mike Capuano 27.8% 184,791
Alan Khazei 13.4% 88,929
Stephen Pagliuca 12.1% 80,248
Total Votes 664,795
Election Results Via:Boston Globe.


Attorney General

See also: Massachusetts Attorney General election, 2010
Massachusetts Attorney General, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Coakley Incumbent 62.8% 1,417,538
     Republican James P. McKenna 37.2% 839,274
Total Votes 2,256,812
Election Results Via: Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth


  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Martha Coakley ran unopposed in this contest

2006

Massachusetts Attorney General, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarth Coakley 72.9% 1,546,582
     Republican Larry Frisoli 27.1% 574,388
Total Votes 2,120,970
Election Results Via: Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth


  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Martha Coakley ran unopposed in this contest

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coakley is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Coakley raised a total of $5,736,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[60]

Martha Coakley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Attorney General of Massachusetts Not up for election $359,507
2010 Attorney General of Massachusetts Won $1,892,131
2008 Attorney General of Massachusetts Not up for election $1,474,486
2006 Attorney General of Massachusetts Won $2,010,703
Grand Total Raised $5,736,827

2006 and 2012

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Martha Coakley's donors each year.[61] Click [show] for more information.


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Personal

Coakley currently resides in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, Jr.[6]

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Office of Attorney General
One Exchange Place
Worcester, MA 01608

Massachusetts

Phone: (508) 792-7600
Toll Free Phone: (617) 727-4765
Fax: (508) 795-1991
E-mail: ago@ago.state.ma.us

See also

External links

References

  1. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 Massachusetts Elections Division - Special State Democratic Primary Results
  3. Southcoast Today, "Coakley intends to seek third term as attorney general," April 4, 2012
  4. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 9, 2013
  5. Boston.com, "Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray to resign, says controversies had nothing to do with his decision," May 22, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office, "About the Office" accessed January 17, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Library of Congress, "Bill Text 113th Congress (2013-2014) S.528.IS," March 12, 2013
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named agsletter
  9. The Boston Globe, "Attorney generals to Congress: Don’t let for-profit colleges use federal grants and loans for advertising," March 17, 2013
  10. Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, "Letter to Congress," March 11, 2013
  11. ACORN "Attorneys General Take Action: Real Leadership in Fighting Foreclosures" June 2008
  12. Boston Herald, "Coakley’s death penalty chameleon act unimpressive" 13 Jan. 2010
  13. Blue Mass Group, "Martha Coakley backs public option at health care rally!" 7 Sept. 2009
  14. Crooks and Liars, "In MA Race, Martha Coakley Opposes Health-Care Bill Over Stupak Amendment" 10 Nov. 2009
  15. Newsbusters, "Even Boston Globe Unable to Spin Coakley Healthcare Flip-Flop Hypocrisy" 21 Dec. 2009
  16. The Boston Herald, "Don’t fret, governor’s on the case" 14 May, 2010
  17. Los Angeles Times, "FDA should regulate e-cigarettes, 40 state attorneys general say," September 24, 2013
  18. Wall Street Journal, "Press Release: AG Coakley Urges FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Prohibit Sales to Minors," September 24, 2013
  19. Reuters, "UPDATE 1-State attorneys general urge FDA to regulate e-cigarettes," September 25, 2013
  20. National Association of Attorneys General, " Letter to the FDA," September 24, 2013
  21. The Hill, "Coakley opposes troop increase" 29 Nov. 2009
  22. Hot Air, "Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan" 12 Jan. 2010
  23. CNN "Coakley dodges question about Afghanistan claim" 12 Jan. 2010
  24. Human Events, "Martha Coakley: Too Immoral for Teddy Kennedy's Seat" 9 Dec. 2009
  25. Examiner, "Involvement in Amirault case makes Martha Coakley unfit to replace Ted Kennedy as Senator" 4 Sept. 2009
  26. The Heart, "Donation of "Hockey Dad" victim's heart overruled by district attorney" 25 Jan. 2002
  27. Boston Globe, "Some saw Coakley as lax on ’05 rape case" 6 Jan. 2010
  28. 28.0 28.1 On The Issues, "Martha Coakley Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  29. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  30. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  31. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  32. Boston Globe, "Steve Grossman gets Democrats’ nod at convention," June 15, 2014
  33. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  34. New York Times, "Massachusetts Democrat Wins Over Voters; Her Party Is a Different Story," June 13, 2014
  35. Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  36. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  37. 37.0 37.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
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  39. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  40. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013
  41. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
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  43. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  44. Boston Globe, "Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor," March 22, 2014
  45. Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  46. The Boston Globe, "Mark Fisher bullish on making GOP gubernatorial ballot," April 28, 2014
  47. Massachusetts Live, "Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access," March 25, 2014
  48. Boston.com, "Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP," March 23, 2014
  49. 49.0 49.1 WBUR, "Governor Candidates Joust In Boston Debate," October 8, 2014
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 Sentinel & Enteprise, "GOVERNOR DEBATE: McCormick, Falchuk weigh in on casinos, energy policy," August 22, 2014
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Sentinel & Enterprise, "GOVERNOR DEBATE: Baker, Fisher spar on jobs, gun control, higher ed," August 22, 2014
  52. 52.0 52.1 Lowell Sun, "Gov hopefuls debate pot, Perry, casinos," August 21, 2014
  53. EMILY's List, "Press Release: EMILY’s List Endorses Martha Coakley for Governor of Massachusetts," September 19, 2013
  54. Massachusetts Elections Division - 2010 Special Senate Election Results
  55. The Hill, "SEIU launches $214K radio buy for Coakley" 3 Dec. 2009
  56. My FOX Boston, "Union tells state workers to back Martha Coakley for Senate" 20 Nov. 2009 (dead link) (dead link)
  57. My FOX Boston, "Scott Brown files ethics complaint in Senate race" 16 Dec. 2009 (dead link) (dead link)
  58. Boston Herald, "Martha Coakley plants seed of doubt in gardening clubs" 12 Jan. 2010
  59. The Boston Herald, "Cocky Coakley" 31 Dec. 2009
  60. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Martha Coakley," accessed July 11, 2013
  61. Follow the Money.org


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Reilly (D)
Massachusetts Attorney General
2006–present
Succeeded by
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