Terry Murray Fills Campaign, er.. or Maybe Dining Fund Coffers Yesterday

According to the State House News Service retiring Senate President Therese Murray rushed through Senate business yesterday so that people could attend her “Thank Terry” fundraiser.

Murray, despite not running for re-election this fall, had a major fundraiser planned at the UMass Club on Franklin Street in downtown Boston, co-hosted by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

The invitation, a copy of which was obtained by the News Service, had a banner printed across the top that reads “Thank You Madame President” and recommends donations of $200 to $500.

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The fundraiser comes as candidates who are running for re-election or seeking legislative and statewide offices are hitting up donors around the state, including Markey and Coakley, who both plan to be on the ballot this year as one seeks re-election to the U.S. Senate and the other aspires to become the next governor.

Murray ended 2013 with a balance of $59,328 in her campaign account, the lowest year-end total she has recorded since 2010 as she came come off a competitive challenge from Republican Tom Keyes.

Murray is not running but can use the funds to “further her political career.”  That of course is Beacon Hill speak for, “take your friends out to eat as long as you talk politics you can use your campaign funds.”

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