New campaign finance reports detail the sources of cash that poured into Bay State congressional races in the first three months of the year. Incumbents began the year stockpiling cash as they prepared to run in new districts and fend off challengers, the Federal Election Commission filings show. Some of their opponents raked in thousands of dollars, too.
New campaign finance reports detail the sources of cash that poured into Bay State congressional races in the first three months of the year.
Incumbents began the year stockpiling cash as they prepared to run in new districts and fend off challengers, the Federal Election Commission filings show. Some of their opponents raked in thousands of dollars, too.
“Fundraising activities are hot and heavy right now,” said Kenneth Manning, a political science professor at UMass-Dartmouth. “This is the time to raise money and they spend money in the fall.”
Sometimes buoyed by cash from political action committees, most incumbents outpaced their challengers in fundraising from January to March.
However, incumbents may not want to get too comfortable.
It’s important to raise enough money to run a credible campaign, Manning said. Yet contrary to popular belief, the candidate with the most money does not always win, he said.
“That is demonstrably false,” he said.
There is still a long way to go before Election Day, and this is no ordinary election year.
State lawmakers last year whittled Massachusetts’ 10 congressional districts down to nine last year, reflecting population changes recorded in the 2010 Census.
Incumbents are running in the redrawn districts for the first time now, and in some cases they are trying to get to know swaths of unfamiliar territory and woo new voters.
Here's how local donors are shaping fundraising in the new districts:
2nd Congressional District
Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern is the only candidate to report any fundraising in the new 2nd Congressional District so far this year.
Still, he stepped up fundraising since last year, pulling in nearly $210,000 in the first three months of 2012. That brought McGovern’s fundraising total for his re-election bid to about $816,000.
The congressman is getting to know different territory after redistricting last year. Of the 63 communities in the reshaped 2nd district, 52 are new, said Michael Mershon, a spokesman for McGovern.
“We’ve got 400,000 new constituents in this district, people who have never had Jim McGovern on a ballot,” Mershon said.
That in part is driving the campaign’s fundraising push, according to Mershon. With so-called super PACs wielding new influence in this year’s election, McGovern also wants to be prepared, Mershon said.
“A group calling themselves Americans for Hot Dogs and Apple Pie could decide to drop $2 million on us in advertising,” he said.
Mershon said 70 percent of individual donations to McGovern were in increments of $100 or less, and 80 percent came from Massachusetts residents.
PACs also delivered about $97,000 for McGovern last quarter, or about 46 percent of his contributions so far this year.
His biggest PAC supporters included committees for rail companies CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, each donating $5,000, and Laborers’ Political League PAC, $4,000.
Individual donors gave nearly $112,500, including $23,000 that donors delivered through ActBlue, an online Democratic fundraising PAC.
McGovern’s hometown, Worcester, delivered the most with more than $8,700, followed by Boston, $5,575; Shrewsbury, $4,850; and Cambridge, $4,500.
Top donors included Jay M. Cashman of Quincy, president of Cashman Constructors, and James Lousararian of Mansfield, CEO of Verax Biomedical, Inc., both from outside the 2nd district.
After spending on campaign events and other expenses, McGovern ended the quarter with more than $501,000 in cash on hand.
3rd Congressional District
Fundraising heated up in the race between Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas, an incumbent since 2007, and Republican Jonathan Golnik, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010.
Tsongas brought in more than $158,000 in the first three months of the year, including $29,500 from committees. That brought her overall fundraising for this election to about $860,000.
Golnik, who began fundraising for the race earlier this year, pulled in more than $80,000.
The congresswoman wrapped up March with $316,473 left in her campaign war chest. After some spending, her opponent ended the quarter with $65,703 in his account.
While Tsongas clearly held a fundraising edge, Golnik in a recent statement said he had “a strong showing and significant support from a large amount of individual donors.”
Tsongas' finance director, Carol Kanin, said in an email the congresswoman raised more than $2 million in each of her last races in 2007 and 2010 and expects support to continue to grow in the next seven months.
Indeed, all but $750 of Golnik’s donations came from individuals. Residents of Carlisle, his hometown, delivered the biggest haul, with just over $15,000 in donations, followed by Westford, $10,500, and Cambridge, $7,500.
Among Golnik’s biggest contributors were Robert Walker of Westford, an executive with Ryan Development LLC, who gave $5,000.
A significant chunk of the money Golnik raised – $65,800 – came from individual contributions of more than $250. About 85 percent of that amount came from Massachusetts residents.
The New England Police Benevolent Association Local 9000 in Chelmsford and the Shirley Republican Town Committee delivered a combined $750 for Gonik, the only money he received from committees.
Tsongas raised about $123,800, the vast majority of her haul from individuals.
Her campaign itemized more than $98,000 of that total, showing most of it came from Massachusetts residents. Of that amount, roughly $42,000 came from donors who contributed through ActBlue, an online Democratic fundraising PAC.
Her biggest individual donors last quarter included Concord attorney James Smith of Foley Hoag, LLP and Weston resident Judith Krupp, each of whom gave $2,500.
Concord proved Tsongas’ biggest supporter in the state, with residents delivering a little more than $11,000, followed by Boston, $9,850, and Weston, $5,600.
Tsongas also raised $29,500 from about 22 PACs, most of them from out of state. The largest single PAC contributor, however, was an Arlington-based PAC for defense contractor Raytheon, which donated $3,500.
Other significant committee supporters for Tsongas included the International Union of Operating Engineers, $2,500, and pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s campaign committee and the Sheet Metal Workers International, each donating $2,000.
4th Congressional District
Fundraising is off to a breakneck pace in the contest to claim retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s seat in the 4th Congressional District.
Democrat Joseph Kennedy III raised more than four times as much as any incumbent congressman in the state, pulling in a whopping $1.3 million. All but about $98,600 of that total came from individual donors; the rest came from some 50 PACs.
Republican Sean Bielat, who unsuccessfully took on Frank in 2010, raised more than $176,000 in the first quarter, the second-best total reported for a non-incumbent seeking a House seat in the state.
Almost all Bielat’s money came from individual donors; $10,000 came from a single PAC, the Washington, D.C.-based Citizens United Political Victory Fund.
Brookline Republican Elizabeth Childs, also seeking the seat, raised $43,000, slightly more than doubling her fundraising total. About a quarter of that amount, or $10,000, came from two professional PACs for psychiatrists and anesthesiologists, the Republican Majority for Choice PAC and the Women’s Campaign Forum PAC.
Kennedy’s reports show money flowed into his campaign from across the U.S. In fact, only about 37 percent of his money, or $446,000, came from Massachusetts donors.
Boston contributors led the in-state pack with more than $108,000 in donations, followed by Brookline, where Kennedy moved earlier this year, with about $35,000.
New York contributors donated nearly $234,000 to Kennedy, while Californians delivered about $171,900 and Floridians gave $58,560.
Within Massachusetts, Kennedy's top supporters included Gilda and Alfred Slifka, president of Waltham-based energy firm Global Partners LP, of Boston. The Slifkas gave a total of $10,000.
Other major donors within the 4th district included Charles Baker III of Brookline, an attorney with DLA Piper; Andrew and Shannon Hayden of Newton; and Arthur Segel of Brookline, a professor at Harvard Business School. Each gave $5,000.
Among the top PACs that supported Kennedy were United Food and Commercial Workers International, giving $10,000; PACs for the Utility Workers Union of America, UPS and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union.
More than 80 percent of Bielat’s itemized individual donations came from Bay State residents. Newton residents donated nearly $16,900, more than any other town in the state, followed by Dover, $8,025, and Wellesley, $7,750.
His top donors included Newton retiree Clare Villari and Newton attorney David C. Weinstein, each of whom donated $5,000.
Of the roughly $26,500 individual donations Childs’ campaign itemized, about $19,500 came from in-state contributors. Patricia Flatley of Braintree, owner of M and B Realty, topped donors with a $5,000 contribution.
Other top donors included Marion Clouse of Brookline, $1,250; Robert Anthony of Wellesley, executive director of Adolescent Wellness, Inc., $1,000; and John Chapman of Brookline, an attorney at Joslin Diabetes Center, $1,000.
Kennedy ended March with $1.1 million in cash on hand; Bielat, $126,793; and Childs, $36,017.
While other candidates are in the race, they reported little or no money raised so far this year. Democrat Herb Robinson of Newton Highlands raised $3,373 last quarter, but that included $3,088 of his own money.
Candidates Paul Heroux and Michael P. Ross sent letters to the FEC last quarter, terminating their congressional campaign accounts.
5th Congressional District
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey raised more than $102,000 in the first three months of the year, more than half of it from PACs.
Overall, he has raised about $563,500 toward this race. Markey ended March with the biggest campaign war chest of any Massachusetts member of Congress, $3.1 million.
Only one potential challenger to Markey reported any fundraising last quarter: Jeffrey Semon, a Lexington Republican.
Semon raised a little more than $5,000 last quarter, bringing his net contributions for the election to $15,616.
A 36-year congressman, Markey itemized $20,250 individual donations, including just two from Bay State residents: Arthur Segel of Brookline, a lecturer at Harvard Business School, and Boston attorney Richard D. Glovsky.
More than half the rest of his itemized donations, or $12,900, came from Washington, D.C., residents.
Meanwhile, more than 30 PACs lined up behind Markey, donating $54,000 to his campaign. Leading them was the Laborers International Union of North America PAC with a $5,000 donation.
Other top committee donors included the DirecTV Group Inc. Fund, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, News America Holdings/Fox PAC, Sprint Nextel Corp. and XO Communications, each delivering $2,500.
Semon's donations included $1,000 from S.P. Kothari of Lexington, an MIT professor, $500 from Ensemble Therapeutics executive Michael Taylor of Lexington and $300 from Frank Kaszynski of Belmont.
Semon ended the quarter with less than $3,000 in cash on hand.
6th Congressional District
Campaign fundraising is moving at a fast clip in the 6th Congressional District.
For the second quarter in a row, Republican Richard Tisei outpaced incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney. It was the only case last quarter where a challenger received more money than an incumbent.
Tisei pulled in more than $354,000 in the first three months of this year. While Tierney significantly stepped up fundraising since late last year, he raised $326,000.
However, Tierney continues to hold an advantage with $795,000 built up in his campaign account. Tisei ended March with about $454,500 in cash on hand.
Matt Robison, Tierney’s campaign manager, stressed that disparity.
“We’re really pleased with how much support John has been getting from people in Massachusetts and it’s clear we’re going to have the support and the resources to run a great campaign,” he said recently.
Tisei’s campaign manager, Paul Moore, could not be reached for comment.
Tisei raised about $321,000 from individuals and $33,000 from PACs and other committees, including $5,000 each from Abiomed Inc. in Danvers, House Majority Leader John Boehner’s Freedom Project PAC and the People for Enterprise and Growth..
Of about $277,500 in itemized individual donations to Tisei, nearly $240,000 came from Massachusetts residents.
Beyond Boston, Tisei found some of his biggest supporters in Beverly, where residents gave $21,200; Wakefield, $14,500; and Manchester, $9,250.
Top donors included John Cabot of Manchester; Joseph Carlucci, CEO of American Renal Associates, and Mary Carlucci, admissions coordinator for St. John the Evangelist School, both of Beverly; and David Rosenberg of Swampscott, each donating $5,000.
Tierney raised about $208,000 in individual contributions and nearly $117,000 from PACs. Top committees that supported him included the American Federal of Teachers, Maryland U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer’s AmeriPAC, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the National Association of Postal Supervisors, giving $5,000 each.
Out of about $182,000 in itemized individual donations, Tierney raised roughly $177,000 in-state. He found a stronghold in Salem, where residents donated $23,000.
Other North Shore towns that showed some significant support for Tierney included Swampscott, $12,600, and Beverly, $9,850. Top donors included Dorothy Leahy Harrington of Beverly and Abby Rockefeller of Cambridge, each giving $5,000.
7th Congressional District
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano raised about $133,000 in the first three months of the year, almost split evenly between individual donors and PACs. That brings his fundraising total for this election just shy of $600,000.
No other candidates reported any fundraising in the same district so far this year.
Last quarter, Capuano brought in nearly $60,000 in itemized individual donations of $100 or more and another $6,900 from donors who gave smaller amounts.
Of the itemized contributions, the majority, or $49,450, came from in-state donors. Boston residents led the pack, giving $10,550.
Far less came from Somerville, where a lone resident donated to the campaign. Jonah Jacob, president of Science Research Laboratory, gave $2,500.
Cantabrigians Kristin E. Blount, Robert Coughlin and Enid Beal gave a combined $1,750. In Milton, newly added to the district, one resident donated $2,100: Dennis A. Smith, a principal at Smith & Rauschenbach.
More than 45 PACs lined up behind Capuano’s campaign.
Capuano’s top three PAC supporters were the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Liberty Mutual Insurance and the American Crystal Sugar Co., each giving $5,000. PACS for National Beer Wholesalers and Fidelity Investments gave $2,500 each.
In Cambridge, the Massachusetts Biotech Council PAC donated $500.
After campaign expenses, Capuano finished March with $428,677 in cash on hand, up from $346,096 in the last three months of 2011.
8th Congressoinal District
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch raised nearly $93,000 in the first three months of the year in his bid for a seventh term.
About 59 percent of that amount, or $53,400, came from individual donors and the rest from PACs. Overall, Lynch has raised a little more than $379,000 toward his re-election campaign.
A lone challenger reported fundraising in the new 8th Congressional District last quarter: Republican Joseph Selvaggi, who collected just over $14,000.
Matias “Matt” Temperley, an Iraq war veteran from Quincy, also has announced plans to challenge Lynch, but reported no fundraising to the FEC.
The vast majority of individual donations to Lynch came from Bay State residents, with Milton residents delivering the most, or $7,500. Canton residents pumped another $4,500 into Lynch’s coffers, followed by Quincy, which gave $3,500.
Top donors included Michael J. Corcoran of Milton, an executive with Corcoran Jennison Companies, who gave $2,000, and Jonathan E. Adams of Milton, president of Wizard Computer Services, who gave $1,000.
The Quincy-based Campaign for Change PAC, affiliated with former U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt, was Lynch’s top committee donor, giving $6,000.
PACs for the International Longshoremen’s Association and Utility Workers Union of America each gave Lynch $5,000.
Selvaggi received about $10,800 in individual contributions. His campaign is carrying about $3,222 in debt, including about $2,600 loaned by the candidate himself.
Selvaggi ended March with $7,769 in cash on hand compared to Lynch’s $677,467.
9th Congressional District
Incumbent U.S. Rep. William Keating, a Democrat, raised about $135,800 in the first three months of this year, bringing his fundraising total in his bid for the new 9th Congressional District to about $624,000.
About 56 percent of his take so far this year is from PACs.
In the fundraising contest, that put him ahead of Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter, who also is vying for the Democratic nomination.
Sutter raised about $55,400 in the same period, all but $450 from individual donors.
Republican Christopher Sheldon, who also is running for the seat, raised nearly $12,800, including about $5,600 he loaned the campaign himself.
Another Republican Adam Chaprales, has announced plans to run in the 9th district, but has yet to report any fundraising.
Keating received more than $52,000 in itemized individual donations, the vast majority from Massachusetts residents.
Brookline and Milton residents donated the most, or $7,500 and $6,500, respectively.
Within the new district, Keating found a top donor in Dennis, where James Cashman, president of Cashman Construction, donated $3,500. Shelley Hoon of Milton, president of Hoon Companies, donated $2,750.
Sutter raised all but a handful of $43,500 in itemized individual donations from Bay State residents. He found a center of support in Fall River, where residents donated $15,650. East Bridgewater residents gave another $7,500.
Top donors included Walter Bronhard of Fall River, Kathleen Messina of Marion and Fall River attorney Donald Berube, each giving $2,500.
For Keating, 49 PACs delivered $76,000. The biggest donors included Maryland U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer’s AmeriPAC, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, defense contractor Raytheon and the Utility Workers of America, each giving $5,000.