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Gabriel Gomez
Rich guy Gabriel Gomez
As the Republican nominee in the special election in Massachusetts, political newcomer Gabriel Gomez is truly following the template of former Sen. Scott Brown, down to his financial industry campaign contributors.
A ThinkProgress review of Gomez’s campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission reveals that in addition to more than $600,000 in candidate loans to his committee, he has reported about $646,000 in identified contributions through April. Of that, about half (roughly $330,000) came from investors, bankers, and the like. More than $35,000 of that came from his former colleagues at Advent International and another $12,900 came from investors with various affiliates of Mitt Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital.

An analysis by David S. Bernstein, a former Boston Phoenix journalist, also found that an additional $44,550 came from spouses of those investors, who listed no occupations of their own.

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Gomez himself is a private equity investor, a very wealthy private equity investor. According to ThinkProgress, he made more than $993,000 last year in salary and bonuses. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that his biggest donors are also wealthy financial industry types. It also shouldn't come as a surprise that Gomez thinks the Dodd-Frank should be repealed. Wall Street lost their most useful tool in D.C. when Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown. In Gomez, they have a potential replacement.

Another Senate race in Massachusetts is pitting Wall Street versus Main Street. Let's make sure this one goes the right way, too.

Please donate $3 to Ed Markey for Senate.

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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos and Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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