Gonzalez and Palfrey secure more than $500,000 in public financing for campaign

Candidates Quentin Palfrey (left) and Jay Gonzalez (center).
Candidates Quentin Palfrey (left) and Jay Gonzalez (center).(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File 2018)

The Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor have gotten an infusion of cash from the state through public financing.

Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey have received $542,284, according to the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

As of Sept. 30, before the infusion, Gonzalez had $202,000 in the bank and Palfrey had $38,000.

At the same time, Governor Charlie Baker had $4.9 million and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito had $3.3 million.

Massachusetts’ public financing system offers some public funds to statewide candidates in return for their agreeing to limits on spending. That money comes from taxpayers who decided to direct $1 of their tax liability on their annual income tax returns to the system.


The state matches money that eligible candidates raise in increments of up to $250. So, for example, the state would match $250 of a $500 check someone cut to Gonzalez.

The system is set up so that gubernatorial candidates get public funds first, with surplus money going to other statewide candidates until it runs out.

Baker chose not to participate in the public finance program.

If Gonzalez and Palfrey raise more money, they are eligible to receive up to $173,258 more in matching funds from the state, the campaign finance office said.

A poll released Wednesday found Baker leading Gonzalez 66 percent to 27 percent among likely voters.

The election is Nov. 6.

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