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Flynn getting labor support

By Adrian Walker, Globe Staff, 07/16/98

ront-runner Raymond L. Flynn is drawing on a little help from his friends in organized labor to bankroll his congressional campaign, according to campaign finance reports submitted yesterday.

Flynn, the former Boston mayor, has collected $92,913 - not a lot for a congressional race, but more than some might have expected in the wake of years of scandal over his campaign finances as mayor and published reports detailing excessive drinking in public.

He distantly trails two wealthy first-time candidates, Christopher Gabrieli and John O'Connor, in fund-raising, as well as most of the other Democrats in the 10-candidate field. Gabrieli is a successful venture capitalist, and O'Connor is married to Carolyn Mugar, whose family owns the Star Market chain of grocery stores among other ventures.

Of the money Flynn has raised, slightly more than $35,000 came directly from labor unions, also a big part of Flynn's core constituency.

''There's no question that Ray Flynn is the candidate of working men and women, and that's reflected in where he's getting his support,'' said Suffolk Register of Probate John A. Nucci, who is advising the Flynn campaign. ''Ray Flynn hasn't spent his career making lots of money for himself and he didn't marry money either. But that makes him identical to 99 percent of the district and I think it explains why he's going to win.''

Former state senator George Bachrach reported raising an eye-popping $451,000, while Somerville Mayor Michael Capuano raised $251,000.

Former state representative Susan Tracy of Brighton, whose campaign was believed to be torpedoed by Flynn's entry, reported a healthy $207,000 in receipts.

Boston City Councilor Thomas M. Keane has raised $264,000, according to his report. He has also loaned his campaign $150,000. Alex Rodriguez, former head of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, has raised just under $33,000.

Former state representative Marjorie Clapprood raised $250,799, including a $100,000 loan to her campaign. She has spent $89,076, leaving $161,723 on hand.

Reports were not available for some candidates.

Candidates for all federal offices were required to report their campaign receipts and expenditures through June 30 to the Federal Elections Commission yesterday.

This story ran on page B04 of the Boston Globe on 07/16/98.
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