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Central MA Candidates with the Most Campaign Cash

Friday, March 28, 2014

 

How much have the Central Massachusetts House and Senate candidates raised for this year's elections to date -- and how much does it matter?

GoLocal took a look at the potential candidates who filed papers with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance (OCPF) for the Senate and House races in Central Massachusetts to date -- and if they filed the latest campaign finance reports prior to the end of the last reporting period

See Which Candidates Have Raised How Much BELOW

How important is the role of money in statewide legislative campaigns?

"While money is important, it is not the only factor. State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell won despite being out spent. State Rep. Jim Lyons was outspent and he still won," said Chris Pinto, Vice chairman of the Worcester Republican City Committee. "You need adequate money -- not more money."

"Regarding local campaigns, there is no substitute for sweat, shoe leather, and likeability," said former Speaker of the House Tom Finneran.

Role of Money in Statewide Races

"Last I checked - elections were decided by votes, not money spent on a campaign. Money helps deliver the message, but it's just part of a campaign," said Republican activist and 12th Worcester District candidate Brad Wyatt.

As of December 31, 2013, Wyatt had and ending campaign balance of $40,894.62, with $20,000 listed as "outstanding liabilities." Incumbent State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. had and ending balance of $26,369.83 for the same time period.

"You need money to run -- no question. The candidate that spends the most the most may win frequently," said Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot. "There's a saturation level, especially statewide, but it's a different dynamic for legislative races."

Echoing Finneran's sentiment, Wilmost said, "Especially at the House lever, you can pretty much walk the district. If you expend a lot of shoe leather, you can run a cheap race."

Wilmot added, "Like many races, if there are incumbents, they have to really mess up or be out of step. The public prefers people they know -- they don't always get the nuances, they don't feel like taking risks -- unless there's a good reason."

Finneran, who weighed in further, said, "The impact of money on local legislative races is always exaggerated and rarely meaningful. It's different for statewide candidates due to the cost of broadcast media. For those races early money, a good poll or two, and a sense of possibility help create important momentum. One other critical element is a message that meshes with the mood of the electorate. "

Looking at '14 Elections -- and Disclosure

Earlier this month, Common Cause reprinted a Commonwealth reports which said "the Massachusetts legislature may fail to pass the Massachusetts Disclosure Act in time for the 2014 state elections. That means corporations can spend unlimited money to influence elections without disclosing their spending, and Super PACs can spend unlimited money without disclosing their donors in real time. That is unacceptable! It's the voters right to know which special interests are trying to influence their votes."

"We're pushing for transparency on outside money," said MA Common Cause's Wilmot. "We'd like to see more frequent campaign finance reporting in general, but that's not the top of our list, transparency is." Common Cause is urging voters to contact their legislators to "shine the light on dark money."

As for candidates declaring early, with the primary and general elections months away - but fast approaching, candidate Wyatt said, "It depends on the race, but in general, having more time to prepare and get your message to the voters is usually good. Showing strong fundraising support out of the gate can send a positive message to other potential donors that "I'm a credible candidate." 

 

Related Slideshow: Central MA State Legislature Candidates’ Campaign Finances

The candidates listed below represent the Massachusetts candidates who filed papers with the Board of Elections as of March 27, 2014.  Since Campaign Finance Reports are filed bi-annually, reports are not available for those who filed after December 31, 2013.  

The slides below list the candidates ending balance for the most recent filing period. Full reports are available through the The Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance by following the links provided 

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Senate

First Worcester District

Harriette L. Chandler (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $182,870.00

2013 Year End Report

 

Paul J. Franco (R)

Ending Balance: $1,161.18

2013 Year End Report

 

Sean M. Maher (D)

No report available

 

William Feegbah (D)

No report available

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Senate

Second Worcester District

Michael O. Moore (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $73,948.85

2013 Year End Report

 

Todd Williams (R)

No report available

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Senate

Worcester & Norfolk

Richard T. Moore (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $131,471.62

2013 Year End Report

 

Ryan C. Fattman (R)

Ending Balance: $106,179.81

2013 Year End Report

 

Andrew Pontbriand (U)

No report available

 

Shella Fitzpatrick (U)

No report available

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Senate

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Middlesex

James P. Ehrhard (R)

Ending Balance: $14,173.93

2013 Year End Report

 

Michael J. Valanzola (R)

Ending Balance: $13,782.46

2013 Year End Report

 

Anne M. Gobi (D)

Ending Balance: $4,366.63

2013 Year End Report

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Senate

Worcester & Middlesex

Jennifer L. Flanagan (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $22,428.30

2013 Year End Report

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Senate

Middlesex & Worcester

James B. Eldridge (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $5,013.82

2013 Year End Report

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Senate

Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester

Stanley C. Rosenberg (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $64,012.74

2013 Year End Report

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House

1st Worcester District

Kimberly N. Ferguson (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $4,158.69

2013 Year End Report

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House

2nd Worcester District

Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $16,250.34

2013 Year End Report

 

Richard Bastien (R)

Ending Balance: $282.17

2013 Year End Report

 

Dustin Colby Cabral (D)

No report available

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House

3rd Worcester District

Stephen Louis DiNatale (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $48,581.10

2013 Year End Report

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House

4th Worcester District

Dennis A. Rosa (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $8,657.31

2013 Year End Report

 

Daniel M. Phillipo (R)

No report available

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House

5th Worcester District

Stephen J. Comtois, II (R)

Ending Balance: $324.17

2013 Year End Report

 

Jennifer J. Gaucher (R)

No report available

 

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr. (R)

No report available

 

Jason M. Petraitis (R)

No report available

 

James Cooke (R)

No report available

 

George Yiantsidis (D)

No report available

 

Matthew Castriotta (D)

No report available

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House

6th Worcester District

Peter J. Durant (R)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $10,159.73

2013 Year End Report

 

Karen A. Spiewak (D)

Ending Balance: $2,396.18

2013 Year End Report

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House

7th Worcester District

Paul K. Frost (R)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $13,671.78

2013 Year End Report

 

Terry Burke Dotson (D)

No report available

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House

8th Worcester District

Kevin J. Kuros (R)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $8,169.42

2013 Year End Report

 

Joseph M. Hall (D)

Ending Balance: $1,802.04

2013 Year End Report

 

Joe F. Guertin (U)

No report available

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House

9th Worcester District

David K. Muradian, Jr. (R)

No report available

 

Robert Shawn Craig (R)

No report available

 

Martin Green (D)

No report available

 

Eric Denison (U)

No report available

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House

10th Worcester District

John V. Fernandes (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $6,473.93

2013 Year End Report

 

Christopher T. Kivier (R)

No report available

 

James Teed (R)

No report available

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House

11th Worcester District

Matthew A. Beaton (R)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $13,731.09

2013 Year End Report

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House

12th Worcester District

Brad P. Wyatt (R)

Ending Balance: $40,894.64

2013 Year End Report

 

Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $26,369.83

2013 Year End Report

 

Bill Connolly (U)

No report available

 

Mary J. Richards (D)

No report available

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House

13th Worcester District

John J. Mahoney (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $28,127.53

2013 Year End Report

 

Jacqueline Gisela Kostas (R)

No report available

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House

14th Worcester District

James J. O'Day (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $20,278.12

2013 Year End Report

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House

15th Worcester District

Philip Palmieri (D)

Ending Balance: $51,817.36

2013 Year End Report

 

Mary S. Keefe (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $20,925.95

2013 Year End Report

 

Ralph Perez (D)

No report available

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House

16th Worcester District

John Fresolo (D)

Ending Balance: $11,453.39

2013 Year End Report

 

Daniel M. Donahue (D)

Incumbent

Ending Balance: $7,626.88

2013 Year End Report

 

Martin J. Cariglia, Jr. (U)

No report available

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House

17th Worcester District

Michael Germain (D)

Ending Balance: $4,814.69

2013 Year End Report

 

Douglas Belanger (D)

Ending Balance: $453.44

2013 Year End Report

 

Michael Harper (D)

No report available

 

Moses S. Dixon (D)

No report available

 

Kate D. Campanale (D)

No report available

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House

18th Worcester District

David P. Cortese (D)

Ending Balance: $2,383.31

2013 Year End Report

 

Brenda Ennis (D)

Ending Balance: $166.16

2013 Year End Report

 

Mark G. Dowgiewicz (D)

No report available

 

Joseph D. McKenna (R)

No report available

 

Jesse Limanek (R)

No report available

 
 

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