Democrats John Tierney and Seth Moulton each raised more money for their campaigns for 6th Congressional District seat last quarter than Republican candidate Richard Tisei, and newcomer Moulton raised more than incumbent Tierney for the third quarter in a row.
Moulton, a Salem resident hoping to unseat Tierney in the Democratic primary this year, raised $469,457 between January and March; whereas, Tierney raised $348,386, according to information released by the Federal Election Commission this week. Tisei reported raising $301,343 during the same period. Figures for Marisa DeFranco and John Devine, the other two Democrats in the race, haven’t been made available yet.
Not only did Moulton raise more, he increased the percentage by which he is raising more than Tierney. In the last quarter of 2013, Moulton raised $253,070 to Tierney’s $228,408, almost 11 percent more. Last quarter, he raised 34 percent more than Tierney.
Also interesting, Moulton increased his fundraising by 85 percent between the two quarters, and Tierney brought his up 52 percent. Tisei was the only one of the three leading candidates to raise less than during the previous quarter; his fundraising declined by more than 30 percent.
When reached for comment, Moulton emphasized that his fundraising had been almost entirely dependent on “grass-roots independent donors.” His team also said that nearly 400 of the 534 donors who gave to his campaign last quarter were doing so for the first time.
“Fundraising is the biggest challenge for a first-time candidate, and historically, it’s been the biggest challenge for veterans, because we come from a life of public service,” said Moulton, an Iraq War veteran. “I don’t have a big business network, so the fact that I’m outraising the congressman, and he’s had 18 years to develop his fundraising network, shows how eager people are for change.”