The Gloucester Republican City Committee has postponed a joint fundraiser with the Massachusetts GOP that was set to feature both Chairman Jim Lyons and Gov. Charlie Baker following a rift over access to an online donor database.
The fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday evening, will now be held later in the year, though organizers have not yet settled on a new date, said Amanda Kesterson of the city committee.
“With the issues that are going on this week — and the governor’s team and the Republican Party are working them through — we just didn’t think having this event in the middle of it was advisable,” Kesterson said. “We want to have it at a later date so we can have a great event.”
MassGOP said it has been shut out of its online donor list since July 15, and sent a demand letter to Salesforce, the cloud-based software company that hosts the database, last week to regain access.
The demand letter, sent through attorney David Carr, blasts the tech company but also points to issues with several people affiliated with “The Baker Committee” — raising questions of who controls the state party’s donor list causing tensions to flare within the GOP yet again.
Both MassGOP officials and the Baker Committee said Thursday they were unable to access the donor list through Salesforce.
Kesterson said organizers of the Gloucester event made the decision to postpone about midday Friday. While the fundraiser is an annual happening in Gloucester, this is the first year the city committee had joined with state party to host the event together. Tickets ranged from $100 to $1,000 per person, and about 100 people were set to attend, Kesterson said.