Campaign Donations Pour in for Top Massachusetts Lawmakers 

massachusetts state houseBOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo collected more than $415,000 in campaign donations during the first half of the year — far more than during any six-month period for the powerful Democrat.

The contributions poured in despite the fact that DeLeo won’t face re-election until next year.

DeLeo’s fundraising prowess dwarfed that of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, a fellow Democrat who pulled in $264,000 during the same period.

It was easily the strongest fundraising period for Rosenberg, who stepped into the top Senate post this year.

DeLeo and Rosenberg are being helped by a new law that kicked in this year allowing supporters of state candidates to donate up to $1,000 a year, double the previous $500 cap.

Gov. Charlie Baker Baker raised nearly $940,000 in campaign donations during the same period.

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