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January 7, 2014

Grossman leads all in governor's race finances

BOSTON — While Republican Charlie Baker boasted the strongest fundraising effort to close out 2013, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Treasurer Steven Grossman starts the election year with the most robust campaign account among any of the contenders for the State House corner office.

The nine candidates running to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick spent the better part of December making final fundraising pushes to reach donors before the calendar turned to a new year when contributors who reached their donation limits under campaign finance law can open their checkbooks again.

Baker and his running mate, former Rep. Karyn Polito, announced Monday that they had raised a combined $582,177 in December, more than the top two fundraising Democratic campaigns combined for the month. Baker, who has consistently outraised his Democratic opponents in recent months, took in $427,546 in contributions, while Polito raised $154,631, according to the Baker campaign.

“As we head into the new year, Charlie and Karyn’s campaign for job creation, better schools and safer, stronger communities is gaining momentum and resonating with voters across the state,” Mark Fuller, finance director for the Baker campaign, said in a statement. “That so many support this campaign is truly humbling, and every dollar contributed will help us tell voters about Charlie’s proven, hands-on leadership creating jobs, lowering taxes and solving big problems.”

Attorney General Martha Coakley led the way among Democrats for December fundraising after a slow start since her September entrance to the race, which included a whirlwind three-day state swing and an announcement stop in Gloucester.

The Medford Democrat raised $280,422 in December, boosting her campaign account to $455,771 to start the year.

However, Coakley still trails Grossman in the money race after the Newton Democrat raised $212,455 in December, bringing his account total to $984,371, according to Office of Campaign and Political Finance records.

Baker’s campaign finance report showed $547,116 in cash on hand after December. Despite registered Republicans being outnumbered by Democrats three-to-one in Massachusetts, Baker raised more than half as much as all the Democrats in the race combined.

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