FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2020
Mermell’s Progressive Grassroots Movement Raises More Than $274,000 in Q2
Campaign has raised $834,000 without contributions from corporate PACs or fossil fuel industry; 86 percent of contributions from Massachusetts
BROOKLINE – Jesse Mermell’s campaign today announced that it raised $274,683.78 in the second fundraising quarter of 2020, bringing the total raised for the campaign to $833,985.36. With 86 percent of total contributions coming from within Massachusetts and refusing corporate PAC or fossil fuel money, Mermell is building a strong, grassroots coalition with a mandate from the people, not special interests.
“Jesse is the only progressive candidate in the race who has built the type of broad, grassroots coalition needed to win,” said Campaign Manager Katie Prisco-Buxbaum. “Other candidates know that they can’t match our grassroots organizing power – which is fueled by support from social justice organizations and labor unions – and so they have turned to self-funding and taking contributions from corporate special interests. As the candidate who has led the field in transparency by releasing her tax returns, Jesse has shown her commitment to running a campaign that’s accountable to the voters and we intend to win this election in the field.”
In addition to putting up strong fundraising numbers each quarter, Mermell is leading the field in labor support, with endorsements from the SEIU State Council, Massachusetts Teachers Association, 1199 SEIU, IBEW Local 103 and the Machinists. She also has the broadest support from top progressive leaders and organizations such as Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, former First Lady Diane Patrick, advocate for women’s equality Barbara Lee and the Coalition for Social Justice.