Running a campaign isn’t cheap.
Baker, for instance, spent $160,567 in November as he continued to ramp up his campaign. Those expenses are typical for gubernatorial candidacies, including rent, payroll, website costs and phone bills.
Baker only announced his decision to run in September.
Candidates, especially newcomers to elected politics in Massachusetts, also use early demonstration of fundraising prowess to help lend legitimacy to their campaigns in the hopes of building momentum.
In early November, Kayyem boasted of raising more than $333,000 in the first 72 days of her campaign, saying that “not only has the initial support been overwhelming, but it continues to grow by leaps and bounds.”
The candidates are vying for the seat currently held by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, who has said he won’t seek re-election next year after serving two terms.