Small donors power Warren fundraising

Elizabeth Warren, the Senate’s most prolific fundraiser, closed out 2017 with another strong fundraising haul — $2.88 million over the final three months of the year.

Once again, the Massachusetts Democrat padded her campaign war chest — now at $14.1 million — with small-dollar donations. Ninety-eight percent of Warren’s donations from October through the end of December were made up of $100 or less, while 80 percent of the donations were $25 or less, according to new numbers provided to POLITICO by Warren’s campaign.

The first-term senator, who faces reelection in November, raked in donations from 9,199 individuals in Massachusetts during the quarter.

Despite Warren’s potent fundraising, the last three months of 2017 actually represented her weakest fundraising performance of 2017. In the first quarter, Warren raised $5.2 million (which doubled her campaign account at the time) followed by $3.45 million in Q2, and $2.98 Continue reading “Small donors power Warren fundraising”

How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America

BOSTON — Donald Trump got crushed by Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts. And after his first year in office, polls show the president is now even less popular here.

Trump’s rock-bottom ratings should be dragging Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to defeat in 2018. Instead, the opposite is occurring. Baker is not only more popular than any other politician in solidly Democratic Massachusetts, he’s the most popular governor in the nation.

His defiance of the laws of political gravity is proving maddening to opponents who once viewed him as a certain one-termer. And it offers a ray of hope to the handful of other Republican governors facing blue-state electorates in November with the prospect of an unpopular president in the background.

“Charlie Baker is the Flying Wallendas of Massachusetts politics,” said Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, referencing the famed stunt performers who execute daring high-wire acts without a safety net. “None of Continue reading “How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America”

Warren delivers strong fundraising haul

BOSTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democratic Party’s most prolific fundraisers, delivered another strong fundraising haul for the second quarter of 2017.

According to new numbers provided by her campaign to POLITICO, Warren raised $3.45 million between April and June, bringing her total cash on hand to $11.03 million. It’s the highest second-quarter fundraising haul announced so far, and follows a record-breaking first quarter which saw Warren bring in more money than any other Democratic Senate candidate.

Warren’s campaign notes a significant number of donations, 9,377 to be exact, came from Massachusetts residents — a statistic Warren touted on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, and similarly promoted after her first quarter numbers were released. The strong in-state representation could help parry Republican criticism that Warren is more interested in out-of-state activities than her constituents.

During the latest fundraising window, the senior senator also crisscrossed the country promoting her Continue reading “Warren delivers strong fundraising haul”

Conservative PAC takes aim at Warren during book tour

BOSTON — America Rising PAC, a conservative group that hounded Hillary Clinton following the release of her book, "Hard Choices," in 2014, is about to do the same to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren’s latest book, "This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class," will be released on Tuesday. She’ll set out on a book tour with stops in New York and Massachusetts this week.

“We view book launch as the soft launch of her presidential campaign. We’ll do the same to her as we did with Hillary Clinton in 2014,” said America Rising executive director Colin Reed.

In 2014, the group maintained a "war room" that monitored Clinton’s media appearances in conjunction with her book.

The group plans a similar strategy with Warren. It will build and maintain opposition research, use video tracking, FOIA and public records, and deploy rapid response communications to “make Warren’s life difficult” Continue reading “Conservative PAC takes aim at Warren during book tour”

Baker side-steps Trump claims about state’s role in NH ‘voter fraud’

BOSTON — Asked Monday about President Donald Trump’s assertion that Massachusetts residents were bused into New Hampshire last November to cast illegal ballots, Gov. Charlie Baker chose to side-step the issue, saying he wasn’t "in a position to speak to that one."

“I don’t know much about what goes on in New Hampshire," Baker told reporters following a weekly leadership meeting at the State House. “Obviously people have concerns up there and I’m sure there’s a process of redress people can pursue to determine if in fact there were any issues.”

Trump told senators last week that he and Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if it weren’t for the “thousands” of Massachusetts residents “brought in on buses” to vote “illegally.”

Baker did say that he opposes same-day voter registration, which is legal in New Hampshire but illegal in Massachusetts, noting the Continue reading “Baker side-steps Trump claims about state’s role in NH ‘voter fraud’”

Baker side-steps Trump claims about state’s role in NH ‘voter fraud’

BOSTON — Asked Monday about President Donald Trump’s assertion that Massachusetts residents were bused into New Hampshire last November to cast illegal ballots, Gov. Charlie Baker chose to side-step the issue, saying he wasn’t "in a position to speak to that one."

“I don’t know much about what goes on in New Hampshire," Baker told reporters following a weekly leadership meeting at the State House. “Obviously people have concerns up there and I’m sure there’s a process of redress people can pursue to determine if in fact there were any issues.”

Trump told senators last week that he and Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if it weren’t for the “thousands” of Massachusetts residents “brought in on buses” to vote “illegally.”

Baker did say that he opposes same-day voter registration, which is legal in New Hampshire but illegal in Massachusetts, noting the Continue reading “Baker side-steps Trump claims about state’s role in NH ‘voter fraud’”

Lawrence, Chelsea file suit to block Trump sanctuary cities order

BOSTON – Two Massachusetts sanctuary cities are challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order against funding for sanctuary cities in federal court, seeking to block enforcement and to define the order as unconstitutional.

The suit was filed on behalf of Chelsea and Lawrence in Massachusetts District Court on Wednesday by the Boston-based Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Goodwin law firm.

“Rather than sit back and wait for the feds to act punitively, we felt we should take the offensive against this order,” said Chelsea city manager Tom Ambrosino.

Though Chelsea and Lawrence are both sanctuary cities, Ambrosino said the lawsuit also seeks to clarify that despite the executive order’s phrasing, they are still in line with the law because they do not prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with immigration officials.

As of 2010, 74 percent of Lawrence’s 76,377 residents were Hispanic or Latino according to US census Continue reading “Lawrence, Chelsea file suit to block Trump sanctuary cities order”