Gubernatorial candidates scramble for money
Most are targeting Mass., but some focus out of state
Very real differences are emerging between the candidates for governor in terms of their ability to raise money from voters in Massachusetts who could actually vote for them in November.
Looking at the fundraising totals from 2013 for the gubernatorial candidates, six of the candidates are drawing more of their total amount from within the Commonwealth than without (Figure 1). That group includes Republican Charlie Baker, the two more established Democratic candidates Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, Democrat Joseph Avellone, and independent candidates Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick.
Charlie Baker, in the meantime, benefits from being the leading Republican in the race, and is raking in large sums from Massachusetts voters. Given that he only entered the race and started collecting donations in September, his annual total is particularly noteworthy. The Democratic convention in June will narrow the field, but for the next several months Democratic donors will have more choices of where to send their money, potentially allowing Baker to build a lead in total fundraising. Tea Party member Mark Fisher jumped into the Republican race in December, so his fundraising, 96 percent of which has come out of his own pocket, is hard to analyze at this point.