The third-quarter fundraising numbers are in, and they are frankly astonishing. Scott Brown had his best quarter yet, raising $7.45 million. But Elizabeth Warren blew him out of the water, raising a staggering $12.1 million in the same three months, including over $7 million just in September. Per the campaign’s press release, “more than 80% of donations were $50 or less and more than half were $25 or less. More than 53,000 residents of Massachusetts have contributed to her campaign and more than 100,000 donations were made in Massachusetts.”
Scott Brown retains a cash-on-hand advantage of about $3 million ($10.2 million to $7.3 million), apparently in part (per the Globe) “because Warren spent just over $3 million to pay for advertisements that will run during the last three weeks of the election. Pre-paying allows a candidate to lock in lower ad rates.”
One of the biggest questions at the beginning of this election cycle was whether the Democrats would be able to find a candidate who could compete financially with Scott Brown, who started the cycle with something like $6 million in the bank. We have clearly done so – hearty congratulations to Warren, her finance team, and the tens of thousands of Massachusetts voters who want to see her in the Senate enough to put their money where their mouths are.
Now it’s time to close the deal. We know the Warren campaign will have the financial resources it needs to win the air war. What is needed now is kicking the ground game into high gear. More of this. Lots more.