It turns out trying to land the Olympics can be lucrative business – or at least decent consulting fees for those with political juice.
This week Boston 2024 – the city’s chief Olympic boosters – released salary and consultancy financial information after calls for fiscal transparency, perhaps most notably from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who supports the bid. Transparency, or lack thereof, has been a common refrain for critics of the Olympics, who say those who are pushing for the 2024 Summer Games have not been straightforward about the cost and ripple effect the Olympics could have on the city and region.
Boston 2024 has bowed to that pressure, releasing a slew of financial details which revealed former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be paid $7,500 per day for his consultancy role with the bid.
“Governor Patrick has a passionate voice and unbridled enthusiasm for promoting Boston and Massachusetts to the world and believes the Olympic and Paralympic Games can greatly benefit the commonwealth," said Boston 2024 COO Erin Murphy in a statement. "We are thrilled that he has agreed to help our team. Governor Patrick will not be a full-time salaried employee but will be compensated based on the amount of his travel and efforts on behalf of Boston 2024 - the extent of which has not been determined at this time. When he does travel on our behalf he will be compensated at a rate of $7,500 per day."
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The salaries and consultancy rates they released included:
-Richard Davey, Boston 2024 chief executive officer and former transportation secretary for the state, $300,000/annually
-Erin Murphy, Boston 2024 chief operating officer and chief bid officer, $215,000/annually
-Joe Rull, Boston 2024 chief administrative officer and former aide to Mayor Walsh, $175,000/annually
-Paige Scott Reed, Boston 2024 general counsel, $182,500/annually
-Nikko Mendoza, Boston 2024 vice president of engagement and external affairs, $120,000/annually
-Amy Sennett, vice president of strategic initiatives and assistant general counsel, $120,000/annually
-Deval Patrick, Olympic bid consultant, former Massachusetts governor, $7,500 per day
-Jack Hart, community and government relations consultant, former state senator from South Boston, $10,000 per month
-William Coyne Jr., community and government relations consultant, $10,000 per month
-Northwind Strategies, a communications firm that recently worked for former Attorney General Martha Coakley’s failed gubernatorial bid, $15,000 per month
-Keyser Public Strategies, a communications firm that recently did work for Gov. Charlie Baker’s election campaign, $15,000 per month
-Josiane Martinez of Archipelago Strategies Group, a communication firm, $5,000 per month
-SwiftKurrent, communications firm, $9,000 per month
-Rev. Jeffrey Brown, a “grassroots and community outreach” consultant and former leader of the anti-gang group Boston TenPoint Coalistion, $5,000 per month
-CK Strategies, a firm that focuses on grassroots and community outreach for the bid, $10,000 per month
-Walsh Strategies, a firm that focuses on grassroots and community outreach for the bid, $10,000 per month
-SCR & Associates, contracted for fundraising purposes, $20,000 per month
Information from the State House News Service was used in this report.