Election 2018: Senate Candidate Finegold Lapping The Field When It Comes To Fundraising
Aug 28, 2018 05:10AM
By Bill Gilman
If Atty. Barry Finegold doesn't win the 2nd Essex-Middlesex Senate Seat, It won't be for lack of campaign funding.
The Andover Democrat is not only far outspending the other two candidates in the 2nd Essex-Middlesex (Andover, North Andover, Dracut, Tewksbury, Lawrence), but according to figures released Monday by the Massachusetts Office of Political and Campaign Financing, Finegold has raised more money and spent more money, at this point in the campaign, than any other State Senate candidate anywhere in Massachusetts.
According to the figures Finegold filed with the OCPF, he started his campaign with a war chest of just $3,994.63. But in the months since, he has raised a whopping $355,055.28 and has spent $180,570.86. He lists a present balance of $178,452.25 in his campaign coffers but also lists liabilities of $150,000. That liability represents an outstanding $150,000 loan Finegold took in 2014, during his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer.
According to the OCPF records, Finegold's opponent in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Essex-Middlesex District, Michael Armano, of Dracut, missed the deadline of Monday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m., to submit his Pre-primary Period campaign finance forms.
The lone republican in the race, Joe Espinola, of Dracut, submitted his financial paperwork on time. He reported raising $5,815.00 and spending $4,763.20 for a balance of $1,051.80. He reports liabilities in the amount of $500.
In the race for State Rep. from the 36th Middlesex District (Dracut and Tyngsboro), incumbent State Rep. Colleen Garry, D-Dracut) reported she began her campaign with a war chest of $9,709.90. She has raised $25,565.00 and spent $22,876.35, leaving her with a balance of $12,398.54.
Democratic Challenger Sabrina Heisey began the race with $222.30 in her war chest. But she has raised $21,569.32. Heisey lists expenditures of $19,282.47, leaving her with $2,509.15 for the final week of the primary campaign.
The lone Republican running for the seat, Ray Leczynski, reported raising $7,525.42. He has spent $2846.86 for a balance of $4,678.56.