As donors await decision, Charlie Baker enjoys best fundraising month in years

As time is running out for a potential re-election decision, Gov. Charlie Baker raised more than $ 173,300 in September, marking his best campaign fundraising month in two years.

The loot, reported in campaign fundraising records on Tuesday, was supported in part by a rescheduled Cape Cod fundraiser that drew both high-profile donors and a small group of outside opponents .

The second-term Republican received maximum donations from a slew of top business leaders – some, including restaurateur Steve DiFillippo, openly encouraged Baker to run for a third term. Contributions pushed his campaign account to nearly $ 667,000.

The amount has nothing to do with the $ 6.5 million Baker was in at that time before his 2018 re-election bid. But it is proof of Baker’s ability to quickly fill his account. if he does show up in 2022, a decision that should significantly shape a race that goes on quietly.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who often teams up with Baker at fundraising events and is seen as likely to seek the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination if Baker does not, has raised $ 63,955, a she reported. The Republican of Shrewsbury had $ 2.26 million in his campaign account.

Major Massachusetts Democratic donors, meanwhile, still seem to be waiting to see how the field is shaping up.

Danielle Allen, the Harvard University professor and author who launched her candidacy in June, relied in part on a network of donors within universities and across the country to fund her account at the start of her campaign.

The Cambridge Democrat said he raised more than $ 113,000 last month, including $ 34,700 from addresses outside of Massachusetts. In fact, since Allen announced she was considering a run last December, about 60% of the $ 879,000 she raised has come from donors with out-of-state addresses, fundraising records show. in the countryside. Approximately $ 220,000 of this amount came from donors who mention “professor” as a profession.

Allen had $ 412,616 to spend at the end of the month, the most in the Democratic arena.

State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a Democrat from the Jamaican plains, raised $ 46,354, according to her campaign, and spent more than she collected, leaving her with $ 222,104, according to her campaign. campaign records.

Former State Senator Benjamin Downing also spent more than $ 29,000 he raised in September, marking the third consecutive month he did so. The East Boston Democrat had $ 69,189 in his account to start October.

Attorney General Maura Healey, who has said she expects to make a decision this fall on her plans for 2022, continues to hover on Democratic ground. She had $ 3.2 million at her disposal after a quiet month in which she raised and spent around $ 35,000.

Geoff Diehl, a former state representative running for the Republican primary, said he received $ 11,500 in donations. Since the Whitman Republican publicly launched its campaign on July 4, it has raised around $ 36,000.

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