Dan Mulcare, assistant professor of political science at Salem State University, said it is typical for politicians to continue fundraising immediately after elections.
“People win and then a day or two later, before they are even sworn in, they start raising money. They raise money all the time,” he said. “It is a sad state of affairs in our country where a lot of times Congress members are raising money instead of meeting with their constituents or working on legislation.”
Mulcare said Tierney’s campaign most likely took a fundraising hit because of the gambling scandal.
Tierney started his campaign with $188,235 and raised about $2.1 million starting in January 2011, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Starting in October 2011, Tisei raised about $2.3 million starting from scratch. Tisei’s bank account has been reduced to about $2,648, according to the filings.
Tierney didn’t have to spend as much money when Republican Bill Hudak ran against him, which allowed him to save up the $188,000, Mulcare said.