The current Cash on Hand figures for top two races (Gov. and LG) have been widely reported here. Yesterday was the deadline for the 2005 year end reporting and while there are no surprises, they do provide a bigger context for the capabilities of the campaigns and signs of possible problems. So by office and by alphabetical order, below are some results of the Democratic contenders.
Deval Patrick was able to raise $1,485,000 from standing start in one year (not including the $300,000 he loaned his campaign) and spent most of it — $1, 270,000. The Patrick campaign did reach their goal of having $500,000 Cash on Hand by the end of the year ($514,763 to be exact) but they had $31,000 in December expenses deferred into 2006 to reach the goal.
Reilly started 2005 with $2,218,000 in the bank and raised another $2,056,209 last year (besting Patrick by more than $500,000) and spent $609,371 in â05 (under spending Patrick by about $600,000). Reillyâs Cash on Hand stands at $3.6 million.
As for the LG race, Deb Goldberg started 2005 with $47,000 already in the bank and raised another $297,799 (not including the $150,000 she loaned the campaign, which would bring it to $427,799 raised). Goldberg spent $338,000, leaving her with $136,000 Cash on Hand.
Tim Murray started the year with $32,974 and raised an additional $354,000 in â05. He spent $160,000 in â05, pretty impressive given that he funded a reelection campaign with it. He ended the year with $226,000 Cash on Hand, which ebbed to $212,000 by the mid January reports.
Andrea Silbert raised $407,000 since March of â05 (not including the $5,000 she gave her campaign) and spent $109,000, leaving her with a Cash on Hand of $302,000 at the end of year, which increased to $332,000 by mid January.
Iâve inferred a lot from these figures, but Iâll just put them out there and let folks arrive at there own conclusions.