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July 12, 2014

Money race heats up in 6th District campaign

GOP challenger raking in cash in second bid to unseat Tierney

BOSTON -- Republican Richard Tisei is raking in the cash in his second bid to unseat nine-term Democratic Congressman John Tierney in November.

Tisei’s campaign reported Friday raising $468,779 in the most recent fundraising quarter, from April 1 to June 30. The haul gives the former state senator $819,918 cash on hand.

“Our success has been propelled by a groundswell of support from people who are extremely concerned about the country’s direction,” Tisei’s campaign said in a statement. “We face enormous challenges, but our government in Washington has only grown increasingly dysfunctional and disconnected.”

Congressional candidates must submit quarterly financial reports to the Federal Election Commission by July 15, but their campaigns can decide whether or not to release their donation sums earlier.

Tierney’s campaign said it is still compiling the FEC report ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline. In the previous quarter, which ended March 30, Tierney had raised more than $1.3 million and spent $351,958, leaving him with $976,718 in his campaign kitty.

Two years ago Tierney squeaked by with a 4,330-vote victory over Tisei — out of 389,852 ballots cast — despite damaging news about an illegal offshore gambling operation organized by the congressman’s brother-in-laws.

Seth Moulton, an ex-Marine from Salem and one of four Democrats challenging Tierney for the party’s nomination in the Sept. 9 primary, has been keeping pace with the frontrunners in the money race.

While Moulton’s campaign wouldn’t release its most recent fundraising numbers, it expects to announce a big haul by next week’s deadline. As of March 30, Moulton has raised more than $1 million and had $651,122 available.

Marisa DeFranco, a Middleton immigration attorney also seeking the party’s nomination, couldn’t be reached for her most recent fundraising numbers. As of the last quarter, she had raised $66,306.

John Devine, a Woburn Democrat, said he “didn’t raise much money” in the recent quarter, but declined to say how much he collected. As of March 30, he had $40 in contributions, according to FEC filings.

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