It is a Massachusetts state Senate race, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg and Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig from pitching in for Joe Kearns Goodwin’s bid for office.
Spielberg, of California, and Selig, of Wisconsin, each donated $500 this summer to the campaign of Kearns Goodwin, a 34-year-old Army veteran from Concord who is running as a Democrat for the Third Middlesex District seat being vacated by Susan Fargo.
Four other Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination in next Thursday’s primary election. Two Republicans are also running for their party’s nod.
Fargo, a Democrat from Lincoln who announced her endorsement of Kearns Goodwin on Thursday, said she could never claim campaign contributions like his in her 15 years of holding the seat.
“Hopefully, Spielberg will come here and make a movie and I can be an extra in the movie,” said Fargo.
The high-profile donations helped Kearns Goodwin raise $235,601 from Jan. 1 through Aug. 19 of this year, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
That amount is more than double the money raised by any other candidate in the state Senate race, which has already drawn an unusual amount of attention this summer.
Kearns Goodwin’s father is Richard Goodwin, who was an adviser to Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Kearns Goodwin’s mother is Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Three Massachusetts congressional members have made endorsements in the race, including US Senator John Kerry, who rarely endorses in state Senate races but is backing Kearns Goodwin’s bid. US Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Newton, who also rarely endorses in state Senate races, has thrown his support behind Mike Barrett, a Democrat from Lexington. US Representative Michael Capuano, Democrat of Somerville, has endorsed Mara Dolan of Concord.
Other Democrats running for their party’s nomination on Sept. 6 are Alex Buck of Chelmsford and Joe Mullin of Weston. On the Republican side, Sandi Martinez of Chelmsford and Greg Howes of Concord are also running for the seat.
Barrett’s campaign raised the second-highest amount of money, $67,894, from the beginning of the year to Aug. 19. He also had about $38,500 in his campaign coffers before Jan. 1.
Dolan raised $46,584 for the filing period beginning Jan. 1, Mullin raised $43,501, and Buck raised $19,186, according to campaign finance reports.
On the Republican side, Martinez raised $33,886 and Howes raised $31,953 during the same filing period, according to campaign records.
Kearns Goodwin also received donations from various members of the Kennedy family, including Joseph Kennedy III, who is running for Frank’s congressional seat, and from former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell.
Kearns Goodwin said his campaign donations have come from people he has met both in and outside the district. “We’ve got a huge, broad base of support, and it’s humbling,” he said.
Kearns Goodwin is also heavily outspending his opponents. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 19, his campaign spent more than $150,300, including about $22,000 on polling and more than $46,000 for mailings.Brock Parker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.