Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced today she raised $3.15 million in the opening weeks of her bid to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
Brown raised $1.55 million in the third quarter, his campaign said, and had a very substantial $10.5 million on hand at the end of September. Warren’s campaign did not release how much it had in the bank, but her haul shows the depth of support from progressive activists across the Bay State and the country and appears to put her on track to have sufficient resources to take on Brown.
Roll Call rates the Massachusetts race, expected to be one of the most competitive Senate contests in the country next year, as a Tossup.
Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, officially entered the race on Sept. 14, so her fundraising is particularly impressive. Warren’s campaign said 96 percent of contributions were $100 or less and that more than 11,000 people in Massachusetts contributed to her Senate effort.
“With the big banks and special interests lining up against us, we know it’s going to take a strong, grassroots campaign to win,” Warren said in an email to supporters, setting up a narrative that she appears likely to emphasize in the race.
Warren is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination with substantial support from the Democratic establishment in Boston and Washington, D.C. She will still have to win a primary against City Year co-founder Alan Khazei and others before she can face Brown.
Khazei raised just $365,000 in the quarter, according to the Boston Globe.
”Scott Brown had another strong fundraising quarter, and he will have the resources he needs to get out his strong pro-jobs message and run against whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee,” Brown finance director John Cook said.
Recent polling has shown the race to be quite close, but it doesn’t appear either Brown or Warren will be wanting for money.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.