Gov. Baker Scores Impressive Fundraising Total in First Year

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Gov. Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker had a boffo fundraising year in 2015.

During his first year in office, Baker reported nearly $2.8 million in receipts.

He ended the year with about $2.4 million left in his account, according to fundraising reports filed with the state. Baker began the year with about $280,000 in his account and spent nearly $680,000.

The Republican easily outstripped past governors, in part due to an increase in the maximum donation allowed, which jumped from $500 to $1,000 in 2015.

During his first year in office, former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick collected about $892,000. Patrick ended 2007 with just over $405,000 left in his account.

Former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney reported more than $1.5 million in receipts in his first year, ending 2003 with about $800,000 left in his account.

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