In July, candidates spending more than they’re raising

There’s probably a time in your year, maybe around the holidays, when you spend more than you make.

For candidates hoping to succeed Governor Deval Patrick, call it Christmas in July — that time is now.


Among the six gubernatorial candidates who have filed fund-raising reports detailing how much money they brought in and spent during the first two weeks of July, only one raised more than he or she spent in the period, according to their filings.

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While that’s not unusual less than two months before contested Democratic and Republican primaries, it’s a sign the race is heating up.

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Attorney General Martha Coakley, one of three Democrats in the race, raised $28,000 and spent $147,000 over the two weeks and ended July 15 with $371,000 banked. Among her big expenses: $33,000 on polling.

Treasurer Steven Grossman, another Democrat, raised $41,000 and spent $153,000 in the first half of the month and ended with $819,000 in cash on hand. Among his big expenses: $38,000 on polling and consulting.

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The third Democratic candidate, former federal Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald M. Berwick, is set to file his official report later today, said spokesman Leigh Appleby. (The reports are not due to the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance until midnight.)


Appleby offered unofficial, ballpark estimates: He said the campaign had raised about $80,000 and spent about $90,000 during the two-week period, and had about $215,000 in cash on hand on July 15.

Charlie Baker, one of two Republicans running, raised $51,000 and spent $90,000 during the first half of the month and ended July 15 with $1.1 million in the bank.

Among his big expenses: $17,000 on direct-mail printing and postage.

The other Republican in the race, businessman Mark Fisher, raised $36,000 including a $35,000 check he cut to his campaign, over the two weeks. He spent just $592 and ended with $39,000 in the bank.

There are also three independent candidates running to be Massachusetts’ next governor. Two have filed their reports.

Evan Falchuk, a former business executive, raised $1,000 and spent $54,000, ending July 15 with $130,000 in the bank. Jeffrey S. McCormick, a venture capital investor, raised $5,000, spent $54,000 and ended July 15 with $17,000 in the bank.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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