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Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary

A number of high-profile celebrities are pulling out the fundraising stops for incumbent Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine MORE (D-Mass.) ahead of his primary against Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions MORE III (D-Mass.). 

The celebrities include singer Carole King, who campaigned for Markey in 2014; actress and environmental advocate Jane Fonda; and actor Michael Douglas. 

Markey's campaign sent out three separate emails from the celebrities asking supporters to make a donation to the senator ahead of the Federal Election Commission's deadline. 

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The effort comes as Markey lags behind Kennedy in fundraising two months out from the Bay State's Democratic Senate primary. Kennedy had $6.2 million in cash on hand at the end of the last fundraising quarter, while Markey had $4.4 million in the bank. 

However, the financial race between the two candidates is expected to heat up ahead of the race. The Boston Globe first reported last month that the outside group, Environment Massachusetts, would spend $200,000 on print and digital advertisements for Markey, who is the co-author of the Green New Deal. 

Civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend GOP lawyer tells Supreme Court curtailing Sunday voting lawful MORE (D-Ga.) sent out a fundraising email for Kennedy on Friday. 

Markey has trailed Kennedy in a number of public polls conducted ahead of the race. A University of Massachusetts-Lowell survey conducted at the end of April showed Kennedy leading Markey by two points. 

Both candidates are running on progressive platforms, with Markey touting his stances on issues like the Green New Deal, while Kennedy has run on bringing a fresh perspective and change to the Senate. 

Markey has referred to Kennedy as "progressive in name only," while Kennedy has touted endorsements from leading progressives, including the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanDemocrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Progressives grumble but won't sink relief bill over fewer stimulus checks Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Wis.). 

The Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary is slated for Sept. 1.