GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 24, 2013

Out-of-state backing boosts Markey campaign

The Associated Press
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — BOSTON — Congressman. Edward Markey has raised about $4.8 million since jumping into Massachusetts’ special election for U.S. Senate, with a majority of those dollars coming from outside of the state.

With more than $3 million in his congressional campaign account at the start of the race, Markey had a total of $7.8 million on hand. The congressman spent about $3.2 million, leaving his account with about $4.6 million as of April 10, his campaign reported.

More than 53 percent of the money raised has come from outside of the state, with nearly 47 percent coming from Massachusetts donors, according to the campaign. His campaign said 83 percent of the more than 18,000 individuals who contributed to his campaign gave $100 or less.

Markey’s Democratic rival, fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, reportedly raised $1.5 million since entering the race in late January, adding to the $745,000 left over from his last House race.

The primaries in the special election are slated for next Tuesday, April 30, with the general election set for June 25. The candidates are vying to assume the Senate seat held by John Kerry until his appointment in January to become Secretary of State; the seat is currently held on an interim basis by William “Mo” Cowan.

Lynch reported spending more than $1.7 million through April 10 and had more than $514,000 left in his account for the final stretch. His campaign said 93 percent of the approximately 3,300 individual donors to Lynch’s campaign live in Massachusetts, and 45 percent of those who donated to his campaign gave $100 or less.

Markey’s campaign has benefited from the lion’s share of the approximately $1.8 million in spending by outside groups that are not counted in the candidates’ fund-raising totals.

Three Republicans — former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, state Rep. Daniel Winslow of Norfolk and South Shore businessman Gabriel Gomez — are seeking the GOP nomination in the April 30 primary.

Of the three GOP hopefuls, Gomez reported raising the most, nearly $1.2 million, although that includes $600,000 he loaned his campaign. He reported having $499,743 left in his account heading into the final stretch to primary day.

Sullivan reported raising $174,498, with $96,369 left in his account. Winslow reported raising $394,549, with $158,550 from his own pocket. He had $142,243 left in his account.