Former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Joseph Kennedy III raised over $1.3 million for his congressional campaign during the first quarter -- more than many Senate candidates took in over the last three months and more than all but two sitting members of the House raised during the fourth quarter.
Kennedy's family name and connections were certainly helpful in his strong haul. Caroline Kennedy threw a fundraiser for him in March. Actress Lauren Bacall was among the guests at an April event at the New York Yacht Club hosted by Jean Kennedy Smith, Ted Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy. He raised money in Los Angeles at Bob Shriver's house, at an event where Maria Shriver and Vicki Kennedy were among the hosts.
Only House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., took in more in the previous quarter than Kennedy raised this latest quarter.
Kennedy is heavily favored to win the Democratic primary for retiring Rep. Barney Frank's seat.