Gov. Charlie Baker Off To A Strong Fundraising Start in 2016 

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Gov. Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker won’t face re-election until 2018, but he’s off to a strong fundraising start this year.

In the first three months of the year, Baker raised more than $800,000, cresting a total of $3 million for the first time since taking office.

Campaign finance records show the relatively frugal Baker spent just $160,000 during the same three-month period.

Baker’s fundraising dwarfs that of the top statewide Democrat on Beacon Hill: Attorney General Maura Healey.

Healey raised just under $17,000 during the first quarter of 2016, leaving her with about just under $322,000 left in her account. That’s about a tenth of Baker’s campaign bankroll.

Healey also won’t face re-election until 2018.

Unlike Baker, Healey has been spending more than she’s been raising.

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