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slides: MA’s Next Governor: Which Hopefuls Have the Most Cash?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


A number of high-profile Bay State politicians are rumored to be considering a run for Governor in 2014. GoLocalWorcester takes a look at who has the most cash.

All data was drawn from reports filed with the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance and the Federal Election Commission. 

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Deval Patrick


While the Governor has said he will not seek reelection, November 2014 is still a long way off and plenty of events (like a special election to fill John Kerry's Senate seat) could shift the Bay State's political landscape in the interim. Either way, Patrick serves as an instructive example for any would-be successors.
In 2010, the Democrat dropped $4,440,045 on his reelection effort, and picked up $2,540,811 worth of inkind contributions along the way. As of November 15, Governor Patrick had just $123,666 in his coffers, but that number could jump if he makes his intentions for another term or a run for higher office known.
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Charlie Baker


The Republican candidate spent $6,138,952 in 2010 during his failed run against Deval Patrick, with an additional $2,319,403 on inkind contributions.
But as of October 31, 2012, Baker's campaign account was sitting at $76,521, down from the $110,548 he opened the year with. Aside from $6,000 in receipts from small business IT firm ACS Services Inc., the former gubernatorial candidate seemed to be spending, mostly on donations and charitable contributions, more than he was bringing in.
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Tim Murray


The Lieutenant Governor and former Mayor of Worcester recently made his desire to succeed Governor Deval Patrick known, although he stopped short of formally announcing his candidacy. Murray had $232,447 on the books at the end of November. 
Murray also spent $309,752 from January 1 through November 30 of this year and seemed to have the most active campaign finances of the potential candidates in the field at this point.
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Martha Coakley


The Commonwealth's Attorney General was not too far behind Murray, with $209,145.37 in her war chest as of November 15, and the Martha Coakley for Senate Committee still had $31,629 in cash on hand as of September 30.
Coakley hasn't ruled out a run for Governor, a redemptive try at the Senate or another term in the Attorney General's Office. However, the fact that contributions have virtually doubled the balance in her campaign account since January 1 means she has support regardless of which office she decides to pursue.
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Steve Grossman


The state's Treasurer has said he is currently discussing a run for Governor with family, friends and supporters. Meanwhile, he has quietly added over $100,000 to his campaign account for a balance of $337,047 as of November 15.
Grossman spent $1,684,970 on his winning campaign for Treasurer in 2010, with $728,427 worth of inkind contributions adding to his effort. There's still plenty of time to far surpass that total if he makes up his mind to make a play for the Governor's office.
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Scott Brown


The Republican Senator still had $3,696,480 in cash on hand as of October 17, but that number likely took a big hit in the final weeks of his failed reelection campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Warren. 
But the millions Brown was able to raise for his Senate effort, only two years after his first campaign for the seat, speak to his fundraising potential if he sets his sights on Patrick's office.
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Richard Tisei

The moderate Republican was unable to unseat Democratic Congressman John Tierney, but he may prove more successful if he makes a play for Governor. Tisei dropped $1,695,956 in that contest this year, but he still has $340,684 in cash on hand.

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Tom Menino


Boston's Mayor-for-life has been mum about what's next for his career when his current term expires, but he has said he will finish that term out despite his recent stint in the hospital.
If he does decide to aim higher, Menino would likely have the cash to take him there. The Democrat had $617,023 in the bank as of November 15, a net increase of $80,000 since the first of the year.

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