How is my donation used?

People who have never gotten into the nitty gritty of a political campaign are always surprised when they find out exactly how much it costs to run for office — even at the local level. In the spirit of transparency, I want to give you an idea of how your money is spent when I ask for your support.

As a first-time candidate in 2015 I spent just over $50,000 to win a seat. There we no “open” seats in 2015 (all 9 incumbents were running for re-election), and I was the only new candidate elected. In 2017 I again spent about $50,000 and was re-elected in a field of 26 candidates (3 incumbents chose not to seek re-election, so this attracted more new candidates to the field, 3 of whom won).

The money I raise goes toward:

Payroll (full-time campaign manager and part-time help during the summer/fall of the election year)

Printing campaign literature (brochures and mailings)

Software to create voter canvassing lists (essential for an efficient field operation)

Web & email hosting fees (note: these expenses continue in the “off-year”)

Office space (co-working desk for my campaign manager during the 6-mo. election season)

Yard signs

Advertising (social media ads primarily)

Stationary & office supplies

Credit card processing (please donate by check, if possible)

Postage (to mail brochures and thank you letters)

Events (for fundraising and volunteer recruitment)

Please consider making a donation today. Your donation will help finance an efficient, professional campaign that allows me to spend the majority of my time doing the job the people of Cambridge elected me to do.

 

* A full list of expenditures and donations can be found on the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance website.