Congress members stockpiling campaign cash


BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — Members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are stockpiling campaign cash as they head into another election year, with many relying heavily on contributions from political action committees.

The fundraising comes as Republicans hope to win back U.S. House seats after a 16-year drought and try to recapture one of the state’s two Senate seats.

Two of the most closely-watched contests are in the 6th and 9th congressional districts.

In the 6th, incumbent John Tierney of Salem is again facing a challenge from Republican Richard Tisei. Tierney raised nearly $958,000 in contributions last year. About 46 percent came from political committees.

In the 9th, incumbent William Keating will face the winner of a four-way Republican primary. Keating raised about $334,000 in contributions last year, with 69 percent coming from PACs.

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