SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The three Democrats hoping to represent western Massachusetts in Congress traded jabs in a debate as their September primary approaches.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, ex-state Sen. Andrea Nuciforo Jr. and political activist Bill Shein covered topics from the financial crisis to campaign finance in Monday's debate in Springfield.
Shein said most of the money Neal raises is from corporate interests. He said that money buys votes and silence. Nuciforo tied Neal's campaign contributions to votes on bills he said deregulated Wall Street and led to the 2008 financial crisis.
Neal, who represents the 1st Congressional District, said the contributions he receives are unrelated to his votes and are a "careful reflection" of the interests of Massachusetts residents.
Neal also listed numerous projects he helped fund with federal dollars.
The primary election is Sept. 6.