The Massachusetts Republican ticket for governor and lieutenant governor raised more than the Democratic one during the first half of October, according to the campaigns and state filings.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker and his running mate, Karyn Polito, raised a combined $787,000 from Oct. 1-15, according to their filings with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. They ended Wednesday with a combined $1.5 million in the bank, the filings show.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley and her running mate, Steve Kerrigan, raised a combined $648,000 and ended Wednesday with a combined $319,000 in the bank, according to spokeswoman Bonnie McGilpin. The money raised includes $297,000 in public funding, McGilpin said.
While candidate fundraising is an important metric of campaign health, there are other pools of money that can help the contenders seeking to succeed Governor Deval Patrick.
State parties can spend money to influence the gubernatorial race. And parties can make unlimited in-kind donations — things of value that are not money — to candidates. For example, the state Republican Party could pay for a TV ad supporting Baker.
The Massachusetts Democratic Party’s state account raised $842,000 during the Oct. 1-15 period and had $586,000 in the bank on Wednesday, according to the party’s executive director, Matt Fenlon.
The Massachusetts Republican Party state account raised $480,000 from Oct. 1-15 and had $781,000 in cash on hand on Wednesday, according to preliminary numbers from party spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach.
Democratic- and Republican-aligned super PACs — which, unlike candidates and parties, can raise unlimited sums from people, corporations and labor unions — are also involved in the gubernatorial contest and have spent millions attempting to influence its outcome.
Besides Baker and Coakley, there are three independent candidates running for governor.
Jeff McCormick and running mate Tracy Post raised a combined $130,000 during the first half of October and had a combined $135,000 in cash on hand at the end of Wednesday, according to spokesman Pete Wilson. The amount raised included $126,000 in public funding, Wilson said.
Scott Lively and running mate Shelly Saunders raised a combined $2,000 and together had $10,000 in cash on hand at the end of Wednesday, according to their campaign finance filings.
Evan Falchuk and running mate Angus Jennings had not filed their first half of October fundraising figures as of Thursday evening. Those filings are not due until next week.
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