BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill has testified that the executive director of the state lottery came up with the idea of running ads to counter ads critical of the lottery.
Cahill took the witness stand Thursday at his corruption trial to defend himself against charges that he used lottery advertising money to try to boost his independent 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Cahill, who oversaw the lottery as treasurer, said managers became concerned about the lottery's image after the Republican Governors Association began running attack ads in the spring of 2010.
Cahill said lottery executive director Mark Cavanaugh suggested running ads touting the lottery's benefits. Cahill agreed to the ads.
Prosecutors argued Cahill decided to push for the lottery ads because he was not competitive in the three-way governor's race.