- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has cracked the $5 million fundraising mark for the first time as he gears up for a potential re-election campaign.

The Republican reported $5.2 million in his campaign account as of March 31.

During just the last two weeks of the month, Baker raised more than $352,000. Nearly one in four donations during that period came in $1,000 donations.

Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito have yet to declare their intention to seek a second term as a Republican ticket.

Polito also had a strong fundraising haul, closing March with $2.4 million in her account.

A campaign finance law signed by former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick in 2014 doubled the maximum annual donation from $500 to $1,000. The change took effect as Baker took office in 2015.

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