Markey: Quick, Let’s Outspend This Guy!

by Jim Geraghty

Massachusetts voters go to the polls to pick their next senator on June 25, three weeks from now. Isn’t it a little late for the Democratic nominee, Ed Markey, to be gallivanting across the country to do Hollywood fundraisers? “Markey will be raising money at the Beverly Hills home of Haim and Cheryl Saban on Sunday, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person.”

Apparently money is on the mind of the Democratic favorite; with charisma, a stirring message, or other traditional measures of enthusiasm tepid so far, Markey appears to be relying on overwhelming Republican Gabriel Gomez with a tidal wave of cash:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Edward J. Markey is stepping up his fundraising going into the final weeks of the campaign — coordinating with the state Democratic Party to help cover bills as he ramps up ad buys and voter outreach.

Markey and the party have jointly hired fundraiser Jon Patsavos, who worked for Gov. Deval Patrick and Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to help pump up fundraising before the June 25 election. Patsavos will raise money for the Markey Grassroots Victory Fund to help cover get-out-the-vote and advertising costs in support of Markey.

Markey has spent $3,160,945 as of April 10; Gomez has spent $682,605.

Ed Markey’s campaign is happy to remind you that he was first elected to Congress in 1976.

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