State Rep. James Eldridge, both through his political committee and his personal funds, has given several thousands of dollars to the Democratic State Committee, Governor Deval Patrick’s campaign, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s campaign, and many other state legislative efforts. A cursory look suggests that, since 2002, he and his committee have contributed over $3,000 to various Democratic efforts (not including contributions to his own campaign).
State Rep. Barry Finegold, both through his political committee and his personal funds, appears to have given roughly $4,000 to various Democratic efforts since 2002.
State Rep. Jim Miceli seems to have been a bit more stingy, giving only around $700 to Democratic efforts (besides his own campaign) since 2002.
Eileen Donoghue seems to have only given about $1,500 to Democrats, mostly in two $500 contributions, to Deval Patrick in ’06 and Shannon O’Brien in ’02. What troubles me about Donoghue’s contributions, though, is that it appears (and please correct me if I’m wrong) that Donoghue gave $250 to John C. Thibault in 2004 – Thibault being the Republican opponent of State Senator Susan Fargo that year. For partisans like myself, that is a major strike, if true. (And if she was a member of the Democratic State Committee, it would be grounds for removal from the Committee, if true, according to Article II, Section 3, part c of the committee bylaws.)
Niki Tsongas seems to earn the Meehan-miser mantle. Since 2002, OCPF reports only one single contribution from Tsongas to a Democrat in Massachusetts, $250 to State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry in 2005.
Middlesex Sheriff James DiPaola and his campaign committee appears to have been the most generous benefactors to various Democrats, clocking in at a strong $12,000 or so, including a $5,000 contribution to the state Democratic party in October ’06, in time for the general election.
So, while Eldridge, Finegold, and DiPaola have been generous to other Democrats, Tsongas and Miceli seem to have been misers, and Donoghue apparently gave to a Republican.
Food for thought.