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March 27, 2013

Outside donations up Cole's coffers

Republican candidate for state rep out-raised her two opponents in last month


“They know that if I’m elected, it will send a message to Beacon Hill that supporting the governor’s tax hikes comes with political consequences,” Cole said.

About 15 percent of Cole’s contributions came from Tanner City donors, according to a chart with her state campaign finance report. Cole garnered a total of 16 contributions for $2,920 from Peabody residents, including the $1,900 loan Cole gave to her bid.

Notable donors to Cole include $500 from the Citizens for Limited Taxation 21/2 PAC; $100 from the campaign of state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, R-Taunton, who has been outspoken on EBT debit card system abuses; $500 from the Massachusetts Republican Municipal Coalition PAC; and $500 from Republican state Rep. Dan Winslow, a former judge from Norfolk who is running for U.S. Senate.

Yesterday, Cole’s campaign announced that Charlie Baker, a Swampscott businessman and 2010 Republican challenger for governor, endorsed Cole. Baker also cut a check for $500.

Unlike either Gravel’s or Griffin Dunne’s campaigns, Cole’s committee lists $9,600 in-kind contributions, mainly from the Marlborough Republican City Committee for things such as canvassing, “voter ID phone calls” and a $1,350 stipend for Cole’s campaign manager.

“The Marlborough Republican City Committee has long endeavored to support quality, hardworking Republican Party candidates, regardless of geography,” Chairman Paul Ferro said in an email, “especially in special elections like the one in Peabody.”

“I’m delighted her message is resonating not only in the city of Peabody, but throughout the state of Massachusetts,” said her campaign manager, Ryan Chamberland.

Most of the money that Griffin Dunne and Gravel’s respective campaigns have received in the last month has come from Peabody voters.

“My campaign has a lot of heart and a lot of sweat equity,” Griffin Dunne said. “Buying an election is not the way we do things in Peabody.”

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