A Marine veteran aiming to unseat US Representative John Tierney raised more money than the incumbent in the first three months of this year, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Democrat Seth Moulton, who hopes to topple Tierney in the September primary, raised a robust $469,000 to Tierney’s $348,000 during the first quarter of 2014.
Republican Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost to Tierney in 2012 and is running again this year, raised $301,000.
Tierney, a longtime congressman for the North Shore-anchored Sixth Congressional District, still had more in the bank on March 31: $977,000 to Moulton’s $651,000. Tisei had $569,000 in cash on hand.
All three refunded some contributions, which means the amount they took in was less than how much they raised. Moulton, for instance, refunded more than $13,000 in contributions during the three-month period. Candidates sometimes have to send money back to contributors if the donors give more than the legal limit.
The first-quarter fund-raising filing of a third Democrat seeking to win the party’s nomination in the district, immigration lawyer Marisa DeFranco, was not available on the FEC website Wednesday morning.
How much cash a candidate raises is a key — and public — metric of the health of their campaign. It determines everything from how many staff they can pay to organize supporters to how many ads they can afford to put on TV.
Tierney, who first won office in 1996, is considered the most politically vulnerable of Massachusetts’ nine US representatives.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.