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Charlie Baker’s Cape Cod fundraiser back on the books for September

A high-profile Cape Cod fundraiser for Governor Charlie Baker is back on the books, the Herald has learned, with the campaign rescheduled for September to be canceled after a false invitation.

Campaign consultant Jim Conroy confirmed that the soiree for both Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karin Polito at the Mashpee estate of public relations executive George Regan is now scheduled for September 2.

News of a fundraiser involving well-known names in Massachusetts politics fueled speculation that the Republican governor may be seeking a third term.

But two days after the invitation, donors were notified that the event had been canceled and contributions would be refunded via an email from Baker Campaign Finance Director Tim O’Leary.

The cancellation stemmed from an error on the invitation stating that UMass President Marty Meehan was on the host committee for the event.

Baker has yet to disclose his plans for re-election in 2022, but has promised voters a decision “soon”.

Moderate Republicans had backed fundraising efforts amid the pandemic, and their campaign cash was lagging behind other declared and potential gubernatorial contenders. According to state campaign finance data, $524,500 in his campaign account at the end of June is 10 times less than in the same month before his 2018 election.

Baker’s June fundraising numbers came back as his campaign advisers confirmed he had resumed hosting events, raising $90,854 — almost as much as he had raised in the five prior months combined.

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