The filing deadline for State Rep and State Senate races was today, and I’ve been having some fun perusing the details. Latest filings here
(UPDATE: Apparently the pages aren’t permalinkable. I’ve removed all the dead links, so if you want proof, you have to go look them up yourself here.)
Highlights and notable accomplishments include:
– State Representative John Rogers, looking to defend his seat, paid $28,000 to Bay State Consulting. That’s more than most state rep races are spending for the entire election. But what’s weirder is that it’s a pittance compared to the $105,000 he paid them in 2005, when there was no election!
– Helen Sharron, candidate for State Senate in the Berkshire Hampshire & Franklin district has raised an impressive $102,000… impressive, that is until you realize that she loaned herself $80,000
– Angelo Puppolo, candidate for State Rep in the 12th Hampden district paid $350 for this web page.
– Nick Bernier, state Rep candidate in the 4th Bristol district, had $5,390 on hand on September 1st. Of course, that’s only because he loaned himself $4,200 on August 30th.
– William Celester, State Rep candidate in the 6th Suffolk district, raised a modest $10,619. Then he spent $600 on cleaning and painting his campaign office.
– Samiyah Diaz, republican candidate (and Democratic write-in) in the 2nd Suffolk State Senate district, has only raised $14,700. (And that includes $3,000 from the Republican state committee!.)
– Ed Curran, candidate for the 15th Essex State Rep seat, has spent about $22,000. That includes $2,416 on a golf tournament and $783 on golf shirts!
– Congressman Richard Neal has a PAC. His PAC received $100 and spent $96 in bank fees. That’s money well spent, Congressman.
– UPDATE: See? This is why filings are fun. Our own StemCellular has uncovered these juicy tidbits about Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. For the disclosure, this explains why I’m with Sonia Chang-Diaz.
Those are the tidbits I’ve come across so far. I’ll update this diary as more filings are posted. If anyone else comes across worthwhile dirt, put it in the comments!