Coakley sprints to fundraising lead in Mass. special election

Massachusetts Attorney General and special election frontrunner Martha Coakley (D) is off to a fast fundraising start, bringing in more than $2 million in her first month, while Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) raised $300,000 in about two weeks since announcing his candidacy.

Coakley has been eyeing a run at Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) seat for a while now, and her preparation appears to be paying off. The haul in the second quarter could put her on superior financial footing to Capuano, who began with a $1.2 million war chest from his House account but burned more than he raised, and is down to $1.1 million.

Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca (D), who can self-fund his campaign, raised $200,000, according to reports, but he has already spent heavily on a media blitz, so it's likely he has plugged some of his own money into the campaign.

The long-shot Republican in the race, state Sen. Scott Brown, said he raised a little over $150,000 for the quarter.

The primary is Dec. 8, with the general election Jan. 19. That means just two more months of primary fundraising for Coakley, Capuano and Pagliuca.

Third-quarter reports are due for all candidates by Oct. 15.


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