| | Advanced Search

 

Catch Disney on Ice With Your WOO Card—The best places to use your WOO Card…

Paul Giorgio: Mr. Baker, MA Doesn’t Want a Liar for Governor—MA voters deserve a governor that will tell…

Patriots 2014 Schedule Set—The 2014 New England Patriots schedule has officially…

Central MA College Standout: Clark University’s Timothy Conley—Political Science major and track star

Organize + Energize: 4 Ways Getting Organized Will Save You Money—Stop wasting time and money

Patriots’ Day Patriots Primer—In Foxboro, the New England Patriots will begin…

Monfredo: Former Worcester Public School Member Publishes Book—A professional manual for students and professionals

QCC 50th, Celebrating Students: Ato Howard—A Biomedical Engineering student on the rise

MA Beauty Insider: Pedi Nation – Get the Best Pedicure Ever—A guide to finding a pristine pedi place

Fit for Life: Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail—Plan and prioritize, and you will prevail

 
 

ProgressMass: “We’re All Massachusetts Locals”

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

 

The communications director for the progressive non-profit group ProgressMass said the communications hub comes from local roots even if it has yet to register with the State of Massachusetts.

"We're in the process of filing as a 501(c)4," said Mathew Helman.

"We're meeting with people and discussing possible board members."

Questions About Origins

Earlier this summer, conservative blogger Rob Eno of Red Mass Group raised questions about ProgressMass after learning the non-profit was not registered in the Commonwealth.

"The reason they're not registering in Massachusetts is that they're not going to be here on November 7," Eno said.

Currently, ProgressMass operates as a state affiliate of the national progressive non-profit ProgressNow.

While Helman said filing procedures were underway, it was not clear whether the registration of ProgressMass with the Massachusetts Secretary of State will be complete before Election Day.

Mathew Helman, ProgressMass Communications Director

A Group With Massachusetts Roots

Helman said ProgressMass, which employs himself as well as Executive Director Michael Fogelberg and New Media Manager Kevin Clang, was issued a taxpayer identification number and files its payroll through the Internal Revenue Service.

Helman grew up in Framingham, and Fogelberg moved to Massachusetts during the 1980s and has been here ever since.

"I am very much a Massachusetts local," Helman said.

A Focus on Sen. Scott Brown

The work of ProgressMass has focused almost exclusively on Republican Senator Scott Brown, raising eyebrows among Eno and his colleagues.

"I've probably attacked Republicans more than they have, aside from Scott Brown," said Eno, who believes ProgressMass is a one-shot outfit dedicated to opposing Brown's re-election efforts.

According to Helman, the focus on Brown is as much a product of limited resources as anything else.

"I think that's more a result of us being a relatively small shop," he said. "We're just getting started."

Helman said ProgressMass is primarily a communications and research organization, and the progressive blog Blue Mass Group has featured some of its material.

"The bottom line is that if the content is legit, we'll publish it," said Blue Mass Group's Charley Blandy.

So far, the content coming out of ProgressMass has been legit, according to Blandy.

The Mass GOP's Tim Buckley was of a slightly different opinion, characterizing the group as an "ultra-liberal smear campaign."

"More than anything else, it looks like a bad case of sour grapes," he said.

Future Focus Still Unclear

Whether ProgressMass will apply a similar level of focus on other local races after Warren-Brown is all said and done is still up in the air, said Helman.

"If there are particular officeholders that warrant a similarly high level of scrutiny or if there are particular issues we want to focus on more in depth."

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Comments:

Stephen Quist

Never heard of them.........transplants calling themselves homegrown Worcesterites is a non-starter for me........my question is what are the salaries of Helman and Fogelberg?

Harry Huckum

For how long will they be in the "process of filing as a 501(c)4"? And what about OCPF? Should they be filing with them by the end of today on what they spent on this campaign against Brown?

We all know the the faux Attorney General and the Secretary of State will not take action on this. That leaves it up to US Attorney Carmen Diaz and we have seen how long she is taking on the probation scandal indictments. I guess that she is waiting until after the election to name names.

Hye Aghcheg

What a farce. A new restaurant cannot open its doors, until it secures the appropriate business licenses to sell various products. A person cannot sell real estate, until they get a valid real estate license. A person cannot drive a car alone, until they get a valid driver's license. Why then, can a non-profit organization open and start operating without filing the appropriate papers?

Stephen Quist

btw where is the New Media Manager Clang from?
Was it not worth mentioning where he is from as was done with the other two?
Red flags should be flying all over the place with this 'faux pas' group..........something smells very rotten!

Harry Huckum

Desperate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqpyKi4ovV4&feature=youtu.be




Write your comment...

You must be logged in to post comments.