The fundraising numbers from January through March continue to trickle in. Scott Brown has announced that he raised $3.4 million last quarter, and says that about 71% of that amount is from in-state, which according to my handy calculator is a little over $2.4 million. [UPDATE: This may be incorrect – subsequent reports say that the 71% figure refers to number of donors, not number of dollars. As far as I know, Brown has not released in-state dollar figures.] Earlier this week, we heard from Team Warren that they had pulled in $2.5 million from Massachusetts, but they haven’t yet released the total take.
Bottom line: both Brown and Warren have plenty of support in Massachusetts. That’s reflected in these fundraising numbers – impressive on both sides – as well as in the poll numbers. We’ll know soon whether Warren out-raised Brown from out of state – my guess is that she did, and probably by a lot. Team Brown will try to make a lot out of that, but don’t listen to them. For one thing, the vast majority – about 70% – of the funds that put Brown into office (i.e., those raised in January, 2010) were from out of state. For another, money is fungible, and Warren needs a lot to beat Brown. The Brownies are squawking because they’re worried.