In the first show of political muscle in a wide open race to replace Ed Markey, Belmont resident and State Sen. Will Brownsberger is showing every potential challenger he knows how to lift some serious fund-raising weight.
On April 15, the "Will Brownsberger for Congress" campaign will report raising $256,462.20 in February and March of this year, according to his campaign. So far, the attorney has spent less than $10,000 in the first quarter of 2013.
“I am very grateful for, and heartened by, the outpouring of support my campaign has received thus far," said Brownsberger, who also represents Watertown.
Brownsberger's total is approximately $100,000 more than State Rep. Carl Sciortino, the House member from Medford and Somerville and favorite of some Democratic progressives in the race, who raised nearly $155,000 in the first quarter of 2013.
“Crossing the quarter-million dollar threshold in our first financial report shows that we’re in a strong position going-forward and that we’ll have the resources we need to win should Ed Markey be elected to the US Senate,” said Brownsberger, who currently represents the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District in the Massachusetts Senate.
The former Belmont Selectman and House member announced in February that he would be running for the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District if current US Rep. Ed Markey is elected to the US Senate in June in a special election to replace John Kerry.
The over quarter-million dollars in contributions came from close to 500 individual contributors, none which came from PACs, said the campaign team.
“Because my campaign is fueled locally by individuals, I will be able to bring a different type of representation to Washington, one that is driven by the needs and concerns of the district.”
By the numbers:
Total raised: $256,462.20
Total expenditures: $9,509.66
Cash on hand as of March 31: $246,952.54
- 533 contributions from 489 individuals.
- 98 percent of contributors live in Massachusetts.
- 85 percent of contributors live in the 5th Congressional District.