A Hyde Park businessman is pouring money into a super PAC supporting Annissa Essaibi George’s mayoral campaign, according to publicly available documents filed with state regulators.
Sixteen companies related to Elias Akiki, who owns a towing and auto repair business in Hyde Park, each donated approximately $ 1,000 to Bostonians for Real Progress. The super PAC surfaced in July and said it supports Essaibi George, an itinerant Dorchester city councilor and one of the top five mayoral candidates.
Limited liability companies focus on managing and investing in real estate, according to documents filed with state regulators. Their contributions to the super PAC totaled $ 16,000.
Akiki, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday, donated to the campaign to mayor of Essaibi George, as well as to South End State Representative Jon Santiago, before he only retired from the mayoral race earlier this year.
“Bostonians for Real Progress” also received $ 10,000 from John Foley, who is listed as a financial analyst at Wellesley.
A spokesperson for the super PAC, which is chaired by Carol Martinez, did not respond to a request for comment. His donor disclosure was filed earlier this week. The outside group, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in the race, has spent $ 5,500 to create a website, according to regulatory documents.
Separately, on Wednesday, a big supporter of Essaibi George formed his own super PAC. William Gross, the former Boston Police Commissioner, has filed documents with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance to establish the “Real Progress Boston” super PAC.
“Real Progress Boston” has yet to file reports detailing its fundraising or spending.
Alongside “Bostonians for Real Progress”, the other super PACs active in the race are:
– Two for Pro-Mayor Kim Janey, linked UNITE HERE Local 26 and a liberal coalition known as Right to the City Vote. The union’s super PAC said on Friday it had spent money on radio to support Janey and produced an ad against City Councilor Andrea Campbell. The anti-Campbell ad targets the super PAC supporting Campbell. (More on this below.)
– Two for At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu. One is linked to the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the other is led by Jason Burrell, a former aide to US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Burrell’s super PAC made an ad purchase of $ 300,000, while the environmental group spent $ 24,600 on mailings and $ 47,000 on digital ads.
– One for Campbell. Donors to “Better Boston” include a co-founder of Netflix, local business owners and charter school supporters. The super PAC on Friday sought to capitalize on Campbell’s endorsement by the Boston Globe Editorial Board by creating a new ad touting the daily’s support for the adviser.
The super PACs have already collectively spent more than $ 1.6 million on the 2021 mayoral race, much of which comes from the pro-Campbell super PAC’s TV ad buys.
Other super PACs have filed documents to report their training but have yet to increase their spending.