Tisei’s campaign coffers growing

by Pols and Politics

Republican Richard Tisei announced Thursday he raised $568,871 in the fundraising quarter that ended on June 30, improving upon his first quarter performance.

Tisei has outraised his opponent in the 6th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent John Tierney, since announcing his candidacy last November.

Tierney, who has represented the district since 1997, has yet to release his fundraising totals for the second quarter of 2012.

Richard Tisei

“I’m simply amazed at the growth in support from individual donors throughout the district,” said Tisei in a statement. “In my wildest dreams, I wouldn’t have imagined that so many people would be supporting our message of change with their pocketbooks – particularly in these very tough economic times.”

A spokesman for Tierney said the campaign is still “accounting” its campaign contributions for the most recent filing period. Candidates must file full reports by Sunday.

The campaigns of Democratic U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and Republicans Tom Weaver and Jon Golnik, who are running in the newly-formed 3rd Congressional District, have also yet to release their fundraising tallies.

Tisei, of Wakefield, raised $354,467 in the first quarter of 2012. Tierney, of Salem, raised $325,125 during the same period.

John Tierney

Tierney had $795,184 cash on hand compared to $454,526 for Tisei at the end of the first quarter.
Tisei recently reserved five weeks of television advertising in October and November, according to his campaign.

A detailed report of how many of the donors were from Massachusetts and how many from outside the state is not expected until later in the month. The 6th District race, which includes the communities of Billerica and Tewksbury, has been one of the most contentious and watched contests in Massachusetts.

Chris Camire

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