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Valley Patriot BASH Committee Announces the 2018 Nominees for our 1st Amendment Award

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump received The Valley Patriot’s 1st Amendment Award for her work in demanding government accountability and exposing millions of dollars of fraud in the state’s welfare department and EBT cash card program. Bump also exposed the deficiencies of more than $100 million in the state’s MBTA automated fare collections system. She was attacked by members of her own party, in particular Governor Deval Patrick, but kept true to her constitutional duty by continuing to report directly to the public and standing up for her right to expose failures, fraud, waste, and abuse in state government. Auditor Bump was to receive her award last month at The Valley Patriot’s 10th Anniversary BASH but was  unable to attend due to a sickness in her family.

MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump received The Valley Patriot’s 1st Amendment Award in 2014 for her work in demanding government accountability and exposing millions of dollars of fraud in the state’s welfare department and EBT cash card program.

2018 Nominees:

Methuen Rep. Linda Campbell
Turtle Boy
Mike Demers 

Jana DiNatale
Jessica Finocchairo

Each year The Valley Patriot grants a First Amendment award to 2 individuals who show with their actions that they value the 1st Amendment to the Constitution and are willing to fight for it.

Winners of this award have made a significant difference in holding public officials accountable, fought for transparency in government, and gone above and beyond the call of duty to defend and protect our right of free speech, a free press, freedom of religion and/or has been a whistle-blower against corruption.

Nominees of this award are or have taken ACTION, bold action, to make sure the public is more informed about what their government leaders and representatives are doing. 

Without individuals like this on the front lines in the war against free speech and a free press, our freedoms would be lost. Winners will be announced on March 23, 2018 at the Firefighters Reliefs In on 1 Market St. in Lawrence at 7pm. Get your tickets or make a donation at the link below.

PREVIOUS WINNERS:
(2014) Auditor Suzanne Bump & State Senator Katy Ives

(2015) State Rep. Jim Lyons *Mike Sweeney (LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT!)
(2016) Diana DiZoglio, Bharani Padmanabhan
(2017) State Senator Bruce Tarr & Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon

The Valley Patriot’s 14th Anniveersary BASH will be held on Friday, March 23rd at the Firefighters Relief’s In, 1 Market St. in Lawrence at 6pm (doors open at 5pm, Program starts at 7pm)

Get your tickets or make a donation HERE:

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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