State senator will repay thousands spent on son’s high school graduation party

State Senator Brian Joyce poses for a portrait at the State House in Boston on May 13, 2014. —Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe, File

State Senator Brian Joyce will pay almost $5,000 to local charities as part of an agreement with the state’s campaign finance authorities after they said he used campaign funds to finance the cost of his son’s high school graduation party, according to The Boston Globe.

The agreement with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance did not require Joyce to admit wrongdoing, the Globe reported.

The Milton Democrat released a statement defending himself and placing the blame on newspaper articles questioning his ethics, as well as “social shares and comments’’ made about the media reports.

Joyce recently came under fire after a Randolph dry cleaner told the Globe the lawmaker accepted free dry cleaning in exchange for legal services over a period of 10 years.


Here is Joyce’s full statement on the agreement:

One year ago, newspaper articles questioned the ethics of my purchase of sunglasses as holiday gifts for my senate colleagues. These stories, in turn, generated more than 50 additional print stories and over 500 social shares and comments. After investigation, the state ethics commission found that I had done nothing wrong.

Six months ago, as a result of another newspaper article, the Republican state committee called for a Campaign and Political Finance investigation to determine whether I violated campaign finance rules. Today, the results of the OCPF investigation have been released with no finding of wrongdoing on my part.

As I continue to represent my constituents and serve my clients, I will also attempt to repair the damage these allegations have cost me politically, professionally and personally.

Read the full story at the Globe.

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