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Beth Lindstrom underperforms rivals in fund-raising

Republican US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom collected just over $50,000 in nearly six weeks between forming her fund-raising committee and Sept. 30, a small sum compared to her rivals’ and one that quickly put her campaign on the defensive.

Lindstrom, who formally launched her bid last Saturday to unseat Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren, has a long pedigree in state Republican circles. Her ties to Mitt Romney’s political operation led some handicappers to think she would quickly emerge as a fund-raising powerhouse.

Lindstrom padded her total with a $25,000 loan to her own campaign, according to Federal Election Commission [FEC] documents, bringing her total for the period to slightly over $75,000.

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“The resources the campaign has raised so far have been pre-announcement, with more than a year to go until the election,” said Lindstrom spokesman Gail Gitcho. “Beth will continue to raise money, meet voters and share her message that Massachusetts needs better representation in Washington since [Warren’s] routine is getting old and going nowhere.”

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Lindstrom’s primary-campaign rivals posted far more impressive totals. State Rep. Geoff Diehl collected $368,000 in the third quarter, adding to the $343,000 he raised in the second, according to documents his campaign filed with the FEC.

John Kingston, a wealthy businessman who like Lindstrom comes from the party’s moderate wing, said through a spokesman that his campaign raised $256,000. Kingston has also loaned his campaign $3 million, spokesman Jon Conradi said.

Conradi criticized Lindstrom’s fund-raising performance, saying in an email, “It is now crystal clear there is only one GOP contender with the resources, record and message to defeat Elizabeth Warren next November, and that is John Kingston.”

A fourth candidate, Shiva Ayyadurai, said he raised $1.2 million in the third quarter. His filing was not posted to the FEC website and his campaign did not provide emailed copies of the documents, as Diehl’s and Kingston’s had.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.