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One Final Accounting of First District Campaign Finances

UPDATED 10:59AM: For clarity on events from this month. As the sharp, bitter and increasingly embellished Democratic primary for the First Congressional district comes to a close, the money is now flowing on both sides. Congressman Richard Neal has never wanted for funds, but Holyoke

Analysis: A Congressional Race Shaken, but Has It Stirred?…

When Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse launched his bid for Congress, he had high ambitions for fundraising: $3 million. For months that effort fell flat. Challenging an incumbent with seniority—and popularity—like Richard Neal did not open a lot of big wallets. The only option was to

College Dems to Morse: Stay Away! Claims of Inappropriateness Surface…

UPDATED 8/9/20 10:38PM: To include UMass-Amherst’s response to this news, a new statement from Mass College Dems and a new statement from Morse. Massachusetts College Democrats and their affiliates at Amherst College and the UMass-Amherst have barred congressional candidate and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse from

Briefings: Early Morse Backers Hit the Airwaves for Him…

UPDATED 11:07AM: To include data of other third-party groups who began spending this week. One of the first groups to endorse Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in his quest to dislodge US Representative Richard Neal is now giving him a boost on the region’s airwaves. The

So It Begins, the Air War for the First Congressional District…

United States Representative Richard Neal had the airwaves mostly to himself for all of June and the start of July. Last week, his Democratic primary opponent Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse went up on cable and broadcast television. However, the candidates for the 1st District’s Democratic

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As a Congressional Race Turns One, a Look at Its Finances…

UPDATED 11:32AM 7/17/20: To note Morse has now bought TV time, but not in the quarter new FEC reports cover. Nearly a year after the faceoff began between Congressman Richard Neal and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the money race is coming into clear relief. Last

Analysis: COVID Could Shift 1st Congressional Calculus…

This post is the first of two assessing how the outbreak has altered top-ticket Bay State races.  Last Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives, US Representative Richard Neal was managing a pending bill. It was not the first time he managed, but

The Coronavirus Looms over Campaigns up & down the Ballot…

The video opened with 90 seconds of tropical elevator music before cutting to a split-screen of US Senator Ed Markey and Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson. “Hello! And I hope you’re all staying safe,” he said opening their discussion about protecting airline workers. “Hope

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How 2019 Lap of the 1st District’s Money Race Concluded…

UPDATED 2/3/20 10:10AM: To clarify and identify the non-donor income to Neal’s campaign finance report. With hours only spare, campaign finance reports for the Democratic primary for the 1st Massachusetts district were filed with the Federal Election Commission. The fundraising and spending numbers for both