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Just a few weeks ago, we asked for your help to raise the nearly $1200 that Boston City Hall wanted for the Boston 2024 Olympics emails Jonathan Cohn requested. You delivered, and we’re happy to say so did City Hall.
In Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s inaugural address, he vowed to “increase transparency and make clear that Boston’s interests come first. Always.” Unfortunately, Walsh’s city government doesn’t seem to be as keen as on upholding what the mayor promised at the beginning of his tenure.
City Hall has finally found some of their emails with the Boston 2024 Olympic Organizing Committee. And while those emails come with a pretty hefty price tag, with your help, they’ve already been halfway funded.