Tim Cahill (politician)

For other people named Tim Cahill, see Tim Cahill (disambiguation).
Timothy P. Cahill

Cahill participating in roundtable discussion at the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, Suffolk University Law School, October 3, 2008.
56th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 2003  January 3, 2011
Preceded by Shannon P. O'Brien
Succeeded by Steve Grossman
Treasurer, Norfolk County
In office
Preceded by Robert Hall
Succeeded by Joseph Connolly
City Councilor At-Large, Quincy, Massachusetts
In office
Personal details
Born Timothy Patrick Cahill[1]
(1958-12-01) December 1, 1958
Norwood, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic (before July 6, 2009)
Independent (July 6, 2009–present)
Spouse(s) Tina Cahill
Residence Quincy, Massachusetts

Timothy Patrick Cahill (born December 1, 1958) is a former Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General and was an independent candidate in the 2010 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Election.

Early political career

In 1987, Cahill was elected to the Quincy City Council, where he served until 2003. He was reelected seven times and served as the chair of the finance committee.

In 1996, Cahill was elected as Norfolk County Treasurer. He served as county Treasurer until 2002, when he began his campaign for State Treasurer. In the 2002 Democratic Primary, Cahill won a four-way race that included a candidate who shared his last name, Michael P. Cahill,[2] and was elected State Treasurer.[3]

During Cahill's tenure as Treasurer, the Massachusetts Lottery raised $7.2 billion. Much of that money went to cities and towns in the form of local aid.[4]

On July 7, 2009, The Boston Globe reported that Cahill was planning to leave the Democratic Party.[5] On September 9, 2009, Cahill announced that he would run in the 2010 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Election as an independent.[5]

State Treasurer

Massachusetts School Building Authority

During his tenure as state Treasurer, Cahill was Chairman of the seven-member Board of Directors. He filed the legislation to reform the School Building Assistance Program (SBA) in 2004. He worked with Governor Mitt Romney and the legislature to pass that legislation. Prior to the reform, Governor Romney said the SBA could be "the next Big Dig." As chair of the newly authorized Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) that received the prior SBA's responsibilities and debts, Cahill lead the initial years of the entity's activities. The MSBA has received praise from members of both parties for its fiscal management and effectiveness.[6]

Pension Reserves Investment Management Board

As Treasurer, Cahill served as Chairman of the nine-member Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which is charged with the general supervision of the Pension Reserves Investment Trust Fund.

The Massachusetts Lottery

Cahill was Chairman of the five-member Lottery Commission, which was established by the Legislature in 1971 to provide local aid to Massachusetts cities and towns, as well as the state Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

As of April 24, 2010, Massachusetts Lottery FY10 sales are about $3.636 billion while FY09 sales during same period were $3.645 billion, a dropoff of 0.25 percent from year to year. The state's lottery will post record profits this year - $903 million - while lottery sales stayed even. Cities and towns expect to receive an extra $44 million from lottery revenue. Cahill has argued that the increased revenues are the product of spending cuts and new games.[7] Since taking office in 2003, the Lottery has returned $7.3 billion in Local Aid to cities and towns.[8]

Massachusetts health care reform

Cahill is a vocal critic of the state's health care reform bill, which he called "a fiscal train wreck" that has "blown a hole in the Commonwealth's budget." While projected to cost the taxpayers only $88 million in 2006, the actual cost of the Bay State's healthcare system was over $4 billion.[9]

2010 Campaign for Governor

Cahill ran as an independent for the office of Governor of Massachusetts with former State Representative Paul Loscocco (R) as his running mate. He ran against incumbent Governor Deval Patrick (D) and former Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare CEO Charles Baker (R).

Some pre-election polls showed that Cahill would draw votes from both Patrick and Baker equally, signifying his moderate and centrist position in the race. A Boston Globe poll published September 26, 2010, showed Cahill drawing more votes from Patrick than Baker.[10]

On October 1, 2010, Loscocco announced he was withdrawing from the race for Lt. Governor and was endorsing Baker, although it was too late to remove his name from the ballot as Cahill's running mate. Speculation immediately began over Loscocco's motives and the role of the Baker camp in the decision (Baker joined Loscocco for the announcement). Cahill filed a lawsuit alleging that Loscocco colluded with former Cahill Republican staffers to orchestrate his abandonment and e-mails exchanged between Loscocco's top advisor; the lawsuit sought to prevent the staffers from sharing proprietary information with the Baker campaign.[11]

Cahill received 8% of the vote on the November 2, 2010 general election.

Post-political career

Cahill became an investment banker and securities broker with Compass Securities Corporation after leaving the office of the Treasurer.[12]

Compass Securities describes its business: Compass Securities Corporation's focus is on our investment professionals and their clients, providing a wide variety of opportunities for capital fund raising. We are active in both traditional and alternative markets.

Corruption trial

Adam Meldrum, Cahill's campaign manager during his 2010 campaign for Governor, alleged that Cahill colluded with the Massachusetts Lottery, which is overseen by the state treasurer's office, to run an ad favorable to him during the campaign. The ad, paid for by the Commonwealth, described the Massachusetts Lottery "the most successful state lottery America" and "consistently well-managed", echoing themes from Cahill's gubernatorial campaign. Both Cahill and Massachusetts Lottery Director Mark Cavanagh denied the allegations.[13] On October 18, e-mails released in conjunction with Cahill's lawsuit appeared to reveal that the campaign attempted to have the Lottery air a series of ads that praised the lottery's management. In the e-mails, Cahill's campaign media strategist Dane Strother told Meldrum to "Get the Lottery immediately cutting a spot and get it up...Needs to focus on the Lottery being the best in the country and above reproach." Two days later, Cahill's senior adviser Scott Campbell wrote, "I think the first thing is to figure out what/where/how we want to do this ... with Lottery people."[14]

On April 2, 2012, Cahill was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges that he used $1.65 million in Massachusetts State Lottery advertising to aid his campaign for governor in 2010. On December 12, 2012, a mistrial was declared in the corruption case after the jury failed to reach a verdict on two counts of conspiracy.[15] Attorney General Martha Coakley said she would review her options before deciding to pursue another trial.[15]

On March 1, 2013, Cahill agreed to pay a $100,000 civil fine in exchange for the prosecution dropping its criminal corruption case against him.[16]


  1. "Meet Treasurer Cahill" (PDF). State Treasurer’s Office 2004 Annual Report. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2004. p. 4.
  2. Democratic Primary Results 2002
  3. Kelly, John P. (October 1, 2008). "Quincy's Tim Cahill Rides the Political Roller Coaster.". Patriot Ledger.
  4. http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=trepressrelease&L=1&L0=Home&sid=Ctre&b=pressrelease&f=2010_080510LOTTERY903&csid=Ctre
  5. 1 2 Estes, Andrea (July 7, 2009). "Cahill prepares to leave his party". The Boston Globe.
  6. LeBlanc, Steve (September 7, 2010). "Dems Grossman, Murphy vie for Mass. treasurer". The Boston Globe.
  7. http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/politics/local_politics/mass-lottery-revenue-revealed-as-casino-bill-dies-20100804. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1285661
  9. Cahill, Timothy P. (March 25, 2010). "Massachusetts Is Our Future". The Wall Street Journal.
  10. Phillips, Frank; Levenson, Michael (September 26, 2010). "Baker catches Patrick in new poll". The Boston Globe.
  11. "Tim Cahill lawsuit". The Boston Globe. October 7, 2010.
  12. http://www.compasssecurities.com/Cahillbio.html
  13. Johnson, Glen (October 8, 2010). "Mass. Lottery chief: No ad collusion with Cahill". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  14. Denise Lavoie; Glen Johnson (October 14, 2010). "E-mails appear to link Mass. candidate, lottery ad". The Associated Press. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  15. 1 2 Cassidy, Chris (December 12, 2012). "Tim Cahill 'thrilled' that mistrial declared". Boston Herald. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  16. Lavoie, Denise (March 1, 2013). "Tim Cahill Corruption Case To Close With $100,000 Fine". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Shannon O'Brien
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Steven Grossman
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