A small-town legislator with big financial support

Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati represents the voters of just one town in its entirety, Ludlow, along with parts of three other communities. But he attracts tens of thousands of dollars in political donations from probation officers across western Massachusetts largely because he has enormous sway over the agency's leadership. Until the Chief Justice for Administration suspended him in May, Probation Commissioner John J. O'Brien routinely pressed local hiring committees to give special consideration to Petrolati's preferred candidates.

Today, 80 percent of the chief probation officers in 24 courts between Worcester and the New York border are financial backers of Petrolati, along with the majority of the assistant chiefs. Roll your mouse over each court to see the extent of Petrolati's financial support among probation and other court employees since 2002. | Related article - Full donor list

Donors by location

Hampden County

Superior Court
Probate Court
Juvenile Court
District Courts
Westfield
Springfield
Holyoke
Chicopee
Palmer

Hampshire County

Superior Court
Probate Court
Juvenile Court
Shared with Franklin County
District Courts
Northampton
Eastern Hampshire

Franklin County

Superior Court
Probate Court
Juvenile Court
District Courts
No known donors
Orange
Greenfield

Berkshire County

Superior Court
No known donors
Probate Court
Juvenile Court
District Courts
Northern Berkshire
Pittsfield
Southern Berkshire

Other

Office of the Commissioner
Probation Commissioner, suspended
Deputy Probation Commissioner
Chief Probation Officer
Supervisor, Probation Services
Community Corrections
Other probation