AG Maura Healey reimburses campaign account ahead of governor’s decision

Attorney General Maura Healey has stepped up his fundraising pace this month with at least one event last week and two more scheduled this week as his fall schedule to decide whether or not to run for governor in 2022 is quickly drawing to a close.

Healey, a two-term Democrat who political strategists see as a potential first candidate for governor’s office now that Gov. Charlie Baker has chosen not to run for a third term, recently said she would make a decision on her future policy “soon.”

While all the money she collects can also be used for a re-election campaign, the Attorney General is already sitting on a big campaign account and faces no known opposition to date if she decides to run for a third. mandate instead of running for governor. By tapping into his donor networks at the end of the year, Healey could strengthen his position in the developing Democratic arena.

Fundraisers planned this week on his behalf include events hosted by two major Boston lobbying firms – ML Strategies and Smith, Costello and Crawford. Both events are on the schedule for Thursday, with ML Strategies hosting the Attorney General in the morning at their downtown offices, followed by a noon event at Smith, Costello and Crawford’s office on State Street.

“We have supported her for a long time and are happy to help her in any future projects that she may pursue. It’s not a new business for us, but it could be a new business for her and we want to support her, ”said Michael Costello, former state lawmaker and partner in his lobbying firm Beacon Hill.

Costello said the company typically hosts a year-end fundraiser for Healey, and would have done so this year even if she wasn’t a potential gubernatorial candidate.

Another virtual event took place last Thursday evening, hosted by a group of lawyers who introduced themselves as “Maura’s lawyers”. The invitation to the event featured Healey’s Attorney General’s campaign logo, and hosts included former Justice Supreme Court Justice Margot Botsford, former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, labor attorney and candidate potential to Attorney General Shannon Liss-Riordan; and former Norwegian Ambassador Barry White, who, prior to his overseas assignment under President Barack Obama, was President and Managing Partner of Foley Hoag.

It is not uncommon for elected officials to hold fundraisers during the holidays in an effort to maximize donors before the New Year, when contribution limits are reset and supporters are free to donate again. Individual donors are permitted to give up to $ 1,000 per year to a nominee’s committee.

Advisors close to Healey say many fundraising events on her calendar this month had been booked before Baker’s announcement, but interest in attending the events has “grown dramatically” as the focus s ‘is moved to the Democrat and whether she will seek the governor’s office.

“Maura is taking all the necessary steps to prepare for a race, including closing the year with a strong fundraising month,” said a senior advisor.

Healey said he had $ 3.3 million in the bank at the end of November, which could be used for a gubernatorial run or a third campaign for attorney general.

This is by far the most of all the current gubernatorial contenders, although it is less than the $ 5.1 million that US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh sits on and which he could exploit if he returned to Boston to seek governorship.

Since not reporting any money raised in August, Healey has raised $ 35,406 in September, $ 42,636 in October and $ 59,513 in November.

Of the three Democrats declared in the race, Danielle Allen, professor of political science at Harvard, has the most money with $ 386,270 in her account, followed by Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz who declared $ 198,311 in hand at the end of November. . Former Sen. Ben Downing finished last month with $ 32,742 in his account.

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