Robert McCarthy of Watertown leads the money race, in the state senate special election to succeed Steve Tolman. (My recent article about that race is here.) According to pre-primary campaign-finance reports filed today, McCarthy raised $78,750 through November 25, which was the end of thereporting period. He has reported another $2500 in large donations since then, under state "late contribution" reporting requirements.
McCarthy had spent about half of his funds as of November 25 -- mostly on printing and mailing costs -- leaving him with $38,724 on hand, heading to the December 13 primary that will decide the race.
State representative William Brownsberger of Belmont is not far behind, however. He raised $69,965 since June, most of it since he began campaigning for the senate seat. He had close to $20,000 already in the bank. He has spent $57,717, leaving him with $31,882 at the end of the pre-primary period. He has reported $2000 in late contributions.
State representative Jon Hecht of Watertown (not Belmont, as erroneously listed in my article) raised $52,330, and started the period with $21,890. He has spent $43,773, leaving $30,447 on hand, and has reported $1500 in late contributions.
Tim Schofield of Brighton raised $48,295 and spent $35,062, leaving just $13,517 on hand. He has reported $3500 in late contributions. Schofield's low cash on hand figure for the final two weeks has to be worrisome; without some late fundraising, he won't be able to match the mailings the other candidates will be sending out.
McCarthy also got a boost to start the week, when he received the endorsement of former Congressman Joe Kennedy, who lives in Brighton. Schofield answered with Mayor Tom Menino's endorsement, announced today.