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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

KENNEDY RAISES OVER $1.9 MILLION IN TWO MONTHS


KENNEDY RAISES OVER $1.9 MILLION IN TWO MONTHS

Shows continued financial momentum despite pausing fundraising due to COVID-19

Watertown, MA –– During the second fundraising quarter of 2020, Kennedy for Massachusetts announced over $1.9 million raised -- over $1 million of that in June alone -- despite temporarily suspending campaign fundraising operations due to COVID-19. Kennedy heads into the final quarter before the U.S. Senate primary race with $4.7 million cash on hand. 

Due to COVID-19, Kennedy temporarily suspended all political operations, including fundraising, in mid-March. He did not resume digital fundraising or virtual fundraising events until the last days of April. During the campaign suspension, Kennedy used his email list to raise over $100,000 for organizations and workers on the frontlines of COVID response. Additionally, Kennedy raised over $15,000 in grassroots donations for Black-led racial justice organizations in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

“These strong fundraising numbers reflect the energy for Joe and the momentum behind our efforts to bring Massachusetts stronger leadership to the United States Senate,” said Campaign Manager Nick Clemons. “When Joe decided to pause all fundraising in the wake of COVID-19 to help raise money for the hardest hit families, communities, and frontline workers, we fully expected to take a financial hit this quarter. The extraordinary outpouring of support since we resumed fundraising in May indicates the growing excitement around Joe and this campaign. We are proud of the effort this quarter, humbled by the support, and ready for the next two months.”

Kennedy was grateful for the support of many high-profile colleagues and supporters who helped raise money on his behalf, including: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep.Adam Schiff, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Annie Kuster, Rep.Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Beto O’Rourke, Jim Obergefell, and Jason Collins.

Kennedy for Massachusetts began an aggressive digital and television communications effort in the second quarter, investing heavily in communicating Joe’s message to communities across the Commonwealth. 

Meanwhile, Senator Markey has relied on a Super PAC to run his paid media efforts, bringing hundreds of thousands of undisclosed, outside dollars into Massachusetts.

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