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CAMPAIGN 2010 | RACE FOR GOVERNOR

Stein says she’s raised enough for state match

By David Abel
Globe Staff / September 26, 2010

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Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein said yesterday that she has raised enough money to be included in future debates and to receive matching funds from the state.

Her campaign said in a prepared statement that she has raised at least $130,000 in qualifying donations. The threshold for public funds is $125,000 in donations of $250 or less.

“It’s exciting to see so many people willing to open up their checkbooks and take a stand for change in Massachusetts,’’ Stein said.

She said nearly $40,000 was donated in the three days before Friday’s deadline to apply for public campaign financing.

Officials at the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance did not return calls to confirm her campaign’s statement.

Stein said her supporters were energized by the threat of the Boston Media Consortium to exclude her from its Oct. 26 debate unless she raised at least $100,000.

“People were upset at the idea that a money barrier was being erected around the debates, and that I might be excluded just because I’m committed to the lower budget associated with a clean money campaign,’’ she said.

David Abel can be reached at dabel@globe.com.