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Tito Jackson’s campaign donations plummet

City Councilor Tito Jackson collected signatures for the mayoral ballot in Downtown Crossing last month.
City Councilor Tito Jackson collected signatures for the mayoral ballot in Downtown Crossing last month.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff, file/Globe Staff

The donations that first greeted Councilor Tito Jackson’s mayoral campaign earlier this year ground to a halt by the end of May, state campaign finance records show.

The Roxbury city councilor raised only $250 during a two-week period from May 22 through June 1, the data show, signaling a loss of momentum and enthusiasm in his fledgling campaign. He has reported raising nothing so far in June.

A month-to-month review of his fund-raising shows that at the end of January, Jackson had raised nearly $55,000 from donors for his campaign, which is focused on improving education and championing those who feel they have been left behind amid Boston’s building boom.


But Jackson has not been able to capitalize on that message, and his fund-raising has fluctuated since then, just as the reelection campaign of Mayor Martin J. Walsh gained steam.

Jackson raised just $11,000 in February; $31,000 in March; and $22,000 in April, the data show. He raised just $7,600 in May.

Jackson would not comment for this article. He announced a new campaign manager this week.

Raising money is critical for any candidate, particularly down the stretch as more people, fresh from their summer break, begin to take notice. Candidates need money to send out fliers, hire staff, build their organization, and buy TV ads to make their case.

Jackson’s dismal fund-raising is a far cry from the confidence he expressed in December after hiring Kentucky fund-raiser LA Harris & Associates LLC to boost his campaign coffers. At the time, Jackson said he hired the firm to professionalize his campaign fund-rising, and he paid the company over $15,000 from October through February. The firm is no longer working with campaign.

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.