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11:55 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Mass. GOP To Charge Speakers At Convention

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BOSTON (AP) — It's becoming more expensive to run for office as a Republican in Massachusetts.

The state Republican Party has announced that it’s charging candidates for governor $25,000 to speak at its upcoming state convention.

That cost, double what it was in 2010, is among several increases the party imposed on candidates this year to recoup the expenses of running the convention, which traditionally loses money.

The new fees include a $10,000 surcharge for candidates vying for contested seats.

Party executive director Rob Cunningham tells The Boston Globe the fees in part will pay for operational costs, including lighting, sound amplification, and a teleprompter.

The fees have caused some grumbling from lesser known candidates with less well-financed campaigns. Tea party candidate Mark Fisher said he doesn't like it, but he'll pay it. Republican Charlie Baker is also in the running.

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