Elizabeth Warren, the former consumer protection leader and Harvard law professor turned Senate candidate, raised $3.15 million over the last quarter, her campaign announced. That’s just more than double the $1.55 million that Republican Senator Scott Brown raised in the same period.
Despite Warren’s strong showing, Brown still holds a significant advantage when it comes to fundraising, with $10.5 million in the bank when the quarter ended Sept. 30. Warren, in her first run for political office, had little money raised coming into the quarter.
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Warren trumpeted her big gain by reposting a Tweet on her website: “$3.15M raised, 96% <$100, & 11k MA donors. Thx! We need strong grassroots support so invite yr friends.” Translated, those numbers mean the vast majority of Warren’s cash came in small donations of less than $100 apiece, with 11,000 coming from Massachusetts donors.
That last bit, about donors from her home state, may become increasingly important, since both Warren and Brown are likely to gain lots of financial support from outsiders. As soon as Warren announced her candidacy this race became one of the most-watched in the nation. Warren enjoys a rare degree of nationwide renown after her year-long job as President Obama’s assistant in charge of setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That job, and her consistent, strident critiques of Wall Street, have won Warren fans—and donors—from across the country.
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For his part, Brown also has cut a national figure. His surprising upset in 2010 to take the Senate seat long held by Democrat Ted Kennedy was widely seen as an early win by conservative Tea Party activists. That relationship has since cooled, as Brown sought to distance himself from the Tea Party and certain members of the movement accused him of throwing Tea Partiers “under the bus” by opposing cuts to social and cultural programs.
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