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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.
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 It also shouldn't come as a surprise that Gomez thinks the Dodd-Frank should be repealed.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.