Republican Charlie Baker raised more money than any another candidate for governor in December, but his haul still fell far short of the amount he pulled in during the same period four years ago, when he was mounting his first run for governor.
Baker raised $427,547 in December, and ended the month with $547,116 in his campaign account, according to state records. Those figures, while strong, pale compared to 2009, when Baker was running for governor against Deval Patrick, and raised $707,371 in December and ended the month with $1.6 million in his campaign account.
The mixed picture suggests that Baker, a former state budget director and onetime health insurance executive, remains a formidable fund-raising force, outgunning even Democratic incumbents who can leverage the clout of their office to raise money.
But the smaller overall fund-raising totals reflect the failure of the governor’s race so far to stir the passions of the political donor class.
Nevertheless, the December fund-raising figures put Baker atop a crowded field, and gave his campaign reason to cheer. Baker’s aides said that his running mate, Karyn Polito, raised $154,631 of her own in December, giving the GOP ticket a total haul $582,177 last month.
“As we head into the New Year, Charlie and Karyn’s campaign for job creation, better schools and safer, stronger communities is gaining momentum and resonating with voters across the state,” Mark Fuller, Baker’s finance director, said in a statement. “That so many support this campaign is truly humbling and every dollar contributed will help us tell voters about Charlie’s proven, hands-on leadership creating jobs, lowering taxes and solving big problems.”
Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, was second in the money race in December, reporting $280,423 in donations and $455,771 in her campaign account. State Treasurer Steven Grossman, a Democrat, was third, with $212,455 raised in December, but has the most of any candidate in his campaign account, $984,371.
Donald M. Berwick, a Democrat and former director of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, raised $149,785 in December, and has $182,187 in his campaign kitty. Joseph C. Avellone, an executive at a bio-pharmaceutical research firm, raised $60,471 in December, and has $132,573 in his account.
Juliette N. Kayyem, a former state and federal homeland security executive and onetime Globe columnist, raised $58,724 in December, and has a total of $142,308.
Baker’s only competitor in the Republican primary, Mark R. Fisher, who is the owner of a metal manufacturing facility, loaned his campaign $55,000 in December, and raised $2,249. He ended the month with $39,399 in his account.
Three independents are also raising money for gubernatorial campaigns.
Evan Falchuk, an attorney and former business executive, loaned his campaign $50,000 last month and raised $109,142. He has a total of $42,239.
Jeffrey S. McCormick, an investor who has yet to officially announce his candidacy, also loaned his campaign $50,000 while raising $23,966.
One of McCormick’s donors included Gabriel E. Gomez, who was the Republican nominee for US Senate against Edward J. Markey last year. That donation is notable because McCormick’s potential candidacy has stirred anxiety among GOP operatives, who worry that he could siphon away critical votes from Baker in what could be a tight race. Gomez did not return a call seeking comment. McCormick has $45,266 in cash on hand. Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor, raised $1,299 in December, and ended the month with $2,806. Michael Levenson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.