Amore wants to bring his investigative experience to office of auditor

Reminder Publications
By G. Michael Dobbs
June 20, 2022

SPRINGFIELD – At first glance one might wonder why an expert in the security of art would want to run for state auditor. Anthony Amore, who is the Republican candidate for the position, has a ready answer.

Amore has a lengthy background as an investigator and he believes his experience is a solid match for the person who is conducting inquiries into state departments to determine performance and compliance.

The current auditor, Suzanne Bump, is leaving the position. There are two Democrats also seeking the job.

Speaking to Reminder Publishing during a recent campaign swing in Springfield, Amore described himself as a Republican in the mold of Govs. William Weld and Charlie Baker.

He sees the position as non-partisan. “I’m running as a Republican, but I’ll not be a Republican auditor,” he said. “I only have the interest of the taxpayer at heart.”

Baker has endorsed his candidacy.

He also emphasized that his run for auditor is not “a stepping stone” to another office.

While he does not think that Bump did enough with the office, he also acknowledged the budget for the office isn’t as much as it could be.

“A lot more can be done to make the work of the office more transparent,” he added.

Amore is currently the director of security and chief investigator for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the site of what is considered one of the largest art thefts in history.

He describes his career on his LinkedIn page as follows: “An internationally recognized expert in the security realm, Anthony Amore has also worked in homeland security field at the federal level in aviation and facility security as well as immigration enforcement. He has lectured in homeland security at the college level in and provides commentary on security and terrorism issues for a wide range of local and national media outlets. He is also an expert in matters related to security fine art and in the theft of highly valuable property, including rare masterpieces. He is one of the world’s top experts in the field of stolen art investigations.”

He has also written three books. His first, “Stealing Rembrandts,” was published in 2011. His second book, “The Art of the Con,” was published in 2015 and was a New York Times Best Seller in Crime. His third,“The Woman Who Stole Vermeer” was published in 2020.

He attended the University of Rhode Island and earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he also obtained a certificate in public leadership.

Amore said the office needs a new website with pull-down menus that will allow people easy access to audits and reports.

He noted the two Democrats – Chris Dempsey and state Sen. Diana DiZoglio – don’t have the kind of executive experience as he does.

On his campaign website, Amore notes he would investigate issues such as costs at UMass to the safety of state records to establishing procedures to assist the Registry of Motor Vehicles in the issuing of driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Checks welcome at:

Amore 2022

138 Conant Street
2nd Floor
Beverly, MA 01915