Brown pulls in $3.4 million for Senate bid, Warren says she raised more
April 6th, 2012
02:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Brown pulls in $3.4 million for Senate bid, Warren says she raised more

(CNN) – As he fights to keep his seat on Capitol Hill, Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts brought in $3.4 million during the first three months of the year, his campaign announced Friday.

The amount marks a slight uptick in fundraising hauls over the previous quarter, in which he raised $3.2 million.

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On Friday, Brown's team also reported a whopping $15 million cash on hand as it gears up for the next six months of campaigning.

Brown and his likely Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Warren, have two of the thickest war chests among Senate candidates. Their high-profile race has gained national attention as Democrats see it as a chance to reclaim the seat previously held by the late Ted Kennedy, and won by Brown in a 2010 special election.

"The people of Massachusetts appreciate the independent, pro-jobs perspective that Senator Brown brings to each issue and they have rewarded him with yet another strong quarter of fundraising," said Brown's campaign finance director John Cook in a statement.

While first quarter figures have yet to come out on Warren's end, her campaign said Friday she had raised more than her opponent. Warren is a former advisor to President Obama.

In the last quarter, she took in $5.7 million alone, a huge sum that early on for a Senate candidate.

But Brown's team points to the high number (nearly 70%) of Warren contributions from outside of Massachusetts in the previous quarter. Drawing a contrast, Brown's campaign on Friday said 29% of first quarter donations came from outside the Bay State.

On Friday, however, Warren's campaign said this quarter had a strong showing from Massachusetts supporters, with $2.5 million pouring in from those living in the state–though the campaign did not give its total fundraising figure.

Recent polls put the two candidates in a statistical tie, with Brown slightly edging his opponent. The latest of which, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, indicated Brown slightly ahead with 37% of support to Warren's 35%. Meanwhile, 26% of voters said they were undecided.

Brown had a big week, however, with the signing into law of the STOCK Act, a law against insider trading among lawmakers, as well as the JOBS Act. The senator initially pushed both bills, adding color to his palette as seeks to paint himself as a moderate with bipartisan appeal.

Meanwhile, Warren has billed herself as the consumer advocate candidate and the one most supportive of middle class workers. Responding to Brown's latest fundraising report, the Massachusetts Democratic Party pointed to Brown's contributions from Wall Street.

“Scott Brown fights for Wall Street, not middle-class families in Massachusetts, so it’s no surprise that big banks and corporations have his back,” the state's party chairman John Walsh said in a statement.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. nolimits3333

    Elizabeth will beat the nude model.

    April 6, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (not the phony rightwing liar one)

    Unless Brown can prove he has the ability to bring sanity back to his GOBP cult, this is probably the high point for him. He chose to lie down with Republican dogs and his fleas are gonna start acting up quite a bit between now and November. Looking at his record, he really hasn't been all that independent from the corporate owners of the GOBP. And that is what will sink him. Heckuva job, Brownie. Now say buh-bye.

    April 6, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Sorensen

    Mr. Brown should really get back in his truck and become an outdoor model for some clothes manufacturer.
    He does not have 20% of the IQ of Elisabeth Warren.

    April 6, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Fred In LA

    Warren is obviously getting a lot of union money.

    April 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Jeetu

    Who cares how much money is raised. Let these candidates talk about issues that are important to people in USA and in Massachusetts. In this election at all levels, we are missing the disucsison about the real issues and getting into petty stuff like who said what and who wore what clothes. Let us understand what these candidates will do before we decide whom we support.

    April 6, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. lili

    Must be nice tho have people from out of state send so much money. But thats how the repos do it . they think they can buy any bid they want. Warren is for women and moving forward. Asside from poseing nude Brown is more interested in going back to the Bush years. Warren/Obama 2012

    April 6, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Socialism is the Future of America

    Elizabeth Warren will bring the socialism we need to Washington and the rest of the country. Government DOES know best and run things like the Post Office and your healthcare. She'll make sure we all get what we need and no more. Onward to DC Comrade!

    April 6, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Brown will have to allow the Republicans to make him their puppet before they will ever support him, if he gets more money then we'll know he has.

    April 6, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He's the favorite of Wall Street, She's the favorite of Massachusetts. Guess we'll see who votes.

    April 6, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. DEcember 2012

    One is liberal and the other one a moderate. Either way, TP Republicans will cry.

    April 6, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. harvey 60

    now that everybody knows Scottie and his wife own 6 homes, the beat up truck routine isn't going to sell. don't worry, Brownie, Uncle Mittsie will campaign for you this Fall. maybe you can pull out some other hacks to campaign for you, like Andy (The Whisperer) Card, Peter (Booze Cruise) Blute, or Joe (Piggy Bank) Malone.

    April 6, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. scott

    Scot Brown is one of a very few that is willingly cross party lines to get things done. Warren on the other hand is nothing more then a rubber stamp for Obama. She has very little political exp. She is a shrill, a hack that is not fit to run for dog catcher. Brown will win be a very large margin when it is over. People are getting tired of the sorry excuse for Democrats, that are doing nothing but running this country into the ground.

    April 6, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Independent Voters

    Brown is moderate liberal just like Romney and I hope warren win the election.

    April 6, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. 2012liberal

    Clinton/Warren 2016

    April 6, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. diridi

    any one who has head votes for Warren....o.k,

    April 6, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. MTATL67

    Well...I'll be sure to double my next contribution to Ms. Warren's campaign.

    April 6, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. AmericanSam

    Elizabeth Warren, keep pointing out who you are fighting for. Keep showing you care. Give some details on what you want to do. We're cheering you on.

    April 6, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |