Congressional Candidates Set Fundraising Record
By: Michael C. Bailey
The first leg of the race for US Representative of the 10th Congressional District is already proving to be the most expensive in that seat’s history, with seven candidates dropping a combined $1.8 million on their campaigns as they head into Primary Election Day.
As of August 25, the end of the most recent quarterly reporting period, the Federal Election Commission that the two Democrats, four Republicans, and one unenrolled candidate hoping to succeed the retiring Congressman William D. Delahunt had raised in total $1,877,103 over the course of their respective campaigns.
Most of that money had already been spent as of the reporting deadline; the seven reporting candidates claimed between them $593,466 in cash remaining in their campaign accounts.
Democrat William R. Keating, Norfolk County’s district attorney, led the pack, claiming $655,500 in donations -- although some of that money was in effect transferred from his DA campaign account. After declaring his candidacy for Congress, Mr. Keating’s campaign committee returned donations to his DA campaign and asked supporters to re-donate that money to his Congressional campaign.
State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry (R – Sandwich) claimed the second largest war chest overall, and the largest among the field of four Republican contenders, raising $517,118.
Republican Joseph D. Malone has proven the big spender of the race to date. He raised $402,121 and spent $350,773.
State Senator Robert A. O’Leary (D – Barnstable) raised $256,428, not even half the amount raised by his primary rival, Mr. Keating. Republican Raymond Kasperowicz raised $19,686; Republican Robert E. Hayden III – a late entry in the race – raised $17,750, $6,000 of which came from the candidate’s personal funds; and unenrolled candidate James Sheets raised $8,500 – none of which had been spent as of the reporting deadline.
Mr. Kasperowicz, Mr. Hayden, and Mr. Sheets have not accepted any donations from a political action committee.
Two other unenrolled candidates, MaryAnne Lewis and Joseph van Nes, had not filed reports. Candidates do not have to report donations totaling less than $5,000.
In the last contest for the 10th district seat in 2006, four candidates – Rep. Delahunt, two Republican challengers, and an unenrolled candidate – raised collectively $1,262,821, with Rep. Delahunt’s war chest contributing $1.1 million toward that total.