BOSTON (AP) — Top Massachusetts politicians are sitting on large amounts of campaign cash heading into the 2018 election cycle.
One of the largest belongs to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker who had $4.6 million as of mid-December.
That’s well ahead of what former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick or Republican Gov. Mitt Romney accumulated during their first two years.
A big reason for Baker’s surge is a 2014 law that doubled the maximum annual donation from $500 to $1,000.
Baker has received nearly $2.8 million in individual donations of $1,000 each.
He’s isn’t the only politician stockpiling cash.
As of mid-December, Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey had $650,000. About a third of the money she raised came in $1,000 donations.
Baker and Healey also have tailored their fundraising pitches to loyal supporters.