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Albano Must Disclose Conflicts of Interest

From: Mike F.
Sent on: Saturday, October 20, 2012 7:53 AM

Voters need to demand transparency from all elected officials

(Despite running for elected office that requires transparency, Mike Albano - the “Kickback Kid” - has not released his client list.)

HOLYOKE, Mass. – Voters need to be able to trust their elected officials, and a position that affects every aspect of their lives – from worker’s compensation decisions to punishing criminals and protec...

ting victims – needs a person that will confirm the best people for the job. That means confirmation of judges and board members based on merit, not friendship.

But Mike Albano, candidate for Governor’s Council, 8th District, does not even reveal who his clients are. As a “one-stop shop” for consulting that spans public affairs, government, media relations and real estate, Albano leaves out one key detail: who he really serves. Nowhere does he list his clients, who may be angling for appointments to the very boards that he’ll be responsible for confirming.

“It’s well-known that, while ‘Mayor Mike’ escaped indictment, 12 of his hand-picked cronies were convicted during his time as mayor,” said Mike Franco, Candidate for Governor’s Council, 8th District. “Are these same 12 among his client list? Working on his campaign? Raising funds for him? The public has a right to know.”

Franco is calling upon Albano to release his client list and tax returns for the past seven years. If he truly has nothing to hide, if he is as clean as he claims, this shouldn’t be a problem, according to Franco. Keeping his client list and campaign team secret says a lot about how transparent he would be on the Governor’s Council.

“I have nothing to hide, and I’ll be happy to release my returns,” Franco said. “I have no hidden client list; I’m a veterans’ agent investigator for Holyoke. The bottom line is, you can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. What does my opponent’s client list say about him?”

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