Wolf at bottom of fundraising for guv's race

Cape & Islands State Senator raised $600 so far this year
Democrat Dan Wolf (left) has a wealthy Independent opponent Evan Falchuk (right). SHNS photos.

Personal funds fueling campaigns in early stages of governor's 2014 race

Berwich $100k, Avellone $50k, Wolf $25k, Grossman $0

In the race for money to facilitate political campaigns, personal funds have helped push Don Berwick ahead of the other gubernatorial contenders in receipts collected during the first half of 2013.

Boosted by the $100,000 he has both given and loaned to his campaign, the former acting chief of Medicare and Medicaid has taken in $275,000 this year. Treasurer Steven Grossman has raised more than $206,000 without making any donations to himself, surpassing Berwick by that measure. Berwick raised $175,000 when his own contributions are not included, according to an analysis of submissions to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

"We're doing well. People are being very, very generous," Berwick told reporters Monday. He said he doesn't have a fundraising target, though he hopes to have enough to fund a "robust" campaign staff.

Patrick raised $510k at this point in his first race

By the end of 2005, then-candidate Deval Patrick had amassed nearly $510,000. Like some other self-starter candidates, Patrick helped launch his campaign with a $100,000 donation from himself in January 2005. Grossman loaned his campaign $150,000 in October 2010. Sen. Dan Wolf loaned his campaign $25,000 through 2011.

For Democrats, an earlier contest than the 2014 primary awaits: the early summer state party convention that determines what statewide office seekers will appear on the primary ballot.

Health executive Joe Avellone, the first candidate to declare for the governorship, has spent more campaign cash during the first half of 2013 than any of the other declared candidates, though he trails Grossman and Berwick in fundraising. Through June, Avellone has spent more than $125,000, and has raised $171,000, including $50,000 in loans from himself.

Wolf depending on grassroots support

Wolf, a Harwich Democrat who founded the successful airline company Cape Air, reported raising only $600 in the first six months of the year in his mid-year report, filed last week ahead of the 12 a.m. Tuesday deadline.

"Dan is going to run a true grassroots campaign, traveling to every corner of the state to meet with and listen to voters in their homes, in their small businesses and on their Main Streets. In less than two weeks as a declared candidate, Dan has received tremendous support and encouragement from grassroots activists in every region of Massachusetts. We are very confident we are going to have the resources needed to win this race," said campaign spokesman Matt Fenlon.

Coakley has $90k awaiting her decision

Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has only recently disclosed she might run for governor, took in more than $90,000 in donations between Jan. 1 and June 30. Like Grossman and Wolf, Coakley began the year with money in her state campaign account, which could be put to use in a gubernatorial bid.

Grossman collects $150k in two weeks

Grossman's best two-week period of the year was the end of June, just ahead of when he declared his candidacy, when he pulled in $115,200. No candidate came close to that haul in the same time-period in the first half of 2013 without a substantial contribution from themselves to their own campaign.

Independent loans campaign $150k

Evan Falchuk, an independent who worked for more than a decade with a diagnostic health company, gave his campaign a $150,000 infusion, more than any other declared candidate. Through June, Falchuk raised $18,404 on top of that and is second only to Avellone in spending, reporting $85,624 in expenditures in the first half of the year.

Capuano has $147k in old campaign account

In December, Congressman Michael Capuano, who has also considered entering the field, had $147,000 sitting in his old municipal account from his days as mayor of Somerville. Unlike the funds in his federal account, that city money could be tapped in a run for state office.

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