For Immediate Release
May 12, 2014
Contact: Matt Fenlon
QUESTIONS STILL NEED ANSWERS ABOUT REPUBLICAN CHARLIE BAKER’S CONNECTION TO EMBATTLED NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE AND ALLEGED PAY-TO-PLAY SCHEME
BOSTON – Following news reports this weekend, questions remain unanswered about Republican Charlie Baker’s status as a Partner with General Catalyst in the wake of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
While Republican Baker denies working as a Partner for General Catalyst, as the attached screenshots show, he is listed on the General Catalyst website under “Our Partners” and his biography includes: “As an XIR/Partner at General Catalyst Partners” and “Before joining General Catalyst.” Baker also identified himself as “Partner” on the donation to the New Jersey Republican State Committee that’s now being questioned, and he also told the Boston Herald he listed himself as “Partner” on other political donations.
“It’s been three years since Republican Charlie Baker self-identified as a Partner with General Catalyst and General Catalyst identified him as a Partner as well,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Director Matt Fenlon. “Now that there’s a simmering controversy Republican Charlie Baker wants to rewrite history? Voters can’t trust that.”
Former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, the longest serving Chairman in the SEC’s 80-year history and Melanie Sloan, former Assistant US Attorney General and current Executive Director of Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, both stated in news reports that Baker’s position at General Catalyst would prohibit him from donating to Christie.
When reached on Friday by the Boston Globe, Republican Baker continually denied he is a Partner for General Catalyst even though he was actually in Texas on behalf of General Catalyst.