The campaign contributions of Democratic Framingham state House of Representatives hopefuls Pam Richardson and Chris Walsh paint different stories about where the candidates are receiving the bulk of their financial support.
The state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance requires candidates to itemize contributions greater than $50, and the pre-primary reports were just released.
Though incumbent Richardson has raised almost twice as much as Walsh since the beginning of the year--$16,275 to his $8,650—more than half of her donations have come from unions and state committees. She has raised $9,400 from trade, public safety, and teachers’ unions from across the state.
Walsh, on the other hand, has raised all of his money from individual contributors.
The hometowns of contributors also vary. Of Walsh’s 33 contributors who have given more than $50, 24 live in Framingham and have given a total of $5,345 to his campaign.
Meanwhile, 14 people who live in Framingham have contributed more than $50 for a total of $2,125 to Richardson’s campaign. She has received a total of 72 itemized contributions.
Among the 31 unions and committees contributing to Richardson were the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Massachusetts Building Trades Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and the Insurance Agents and Brokers of Massachusetts.
Walsh said in an interview several weeks ago that fundraising during this election cycle has been more difficult than in 2008, when he first challenged Richardson and lost by 138 votes with a third candidate on the ballot. He said that people who may have given $100 to his last campaign can now give only $25.
The primary election is Sept. 14 and the winner will face unenrolled candidates Jim Pillsbury and Jim Rizoli in the November general election.
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