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January 2, 2013

Tierney looks to rebuild coffers

Says bitter campaign left huge dent in war chest


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.

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