Officials Cash in With Top Allowable Donations Set at $1,000

Governor Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker

BOSTON (AP) — A 2014 change in the state’s campaign finance law has delivered a cash windfall for top elected officials in Massachusetts, allowing them to rake in big money donations and quickly rebuild their election coffers.

An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change — which doubled the maximum annual allowable donation from $500 to $1,000 — has helped flood candidates campaign accounts with money.

Gov. Charlie Baker was easily the biggest beneficiary.

More than 45 percent of all the cash the Republican raised in 2015, nearly $2.8 million, came in the form of single $1,000 donations.

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey also benefited.

Healey raised more than $407,000 in her first year. More than 34 percent of that total came from just 140 individual donations of $1,000 each.

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