The Boston Globe’s (it’s a newspaper that used to be delivered to people’s houses) Frank Philips has an interesting story on Governor Charlie “Mr. Fix-it” Baker’s massive fundraising haul during his first full year as Governor.
Governor Charlie Baker has smashed fundraising records for a first-year governor, hauling in $2.79 million for his campaign committee since his inauguration a year ago.
His committee’s filing this week with Office of Campaign and Political Finance show it has a balance of $2.39 million after the aggressive fundraising in 2015 by Baker and the GOP state committee he controls.
His reports all year show that Baker has used the full leverage of his office to hit up contributors who depend on state government contracts, have interests in legislation on Beacon Hill, or are heavily regulated by state agencies controlled the Baker administration.
His total take easily outpaced his former boss, Governor Paul Cellucci, who broke all records in 1999, his first full year in office, when he raised about $1.75 million. That record held until Baker came to office. Deval Patrick raised only $1.23 million in his first year as governor 2007.
Baker’s incredibly impressive haul sends a clear message to the state’s Democrat Establishment. Charlie’s 2014 victory wasn’t a fluke, and he will remain a political force to be reckoned with over the next 3-12 years. Mexico and Canada can have someone else as their Ambassador. Charlie Baker wants to be the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now and into the future.
Perhaps with his newly flexed political muscle he’ll follow some of the advice of leaders of his own Republican Party, and spread his wings more on conservative public policy positions. He has the beginnings of the political backing he’ll need to make such flights possible. Only time will tell.