Elizabeth Warren, demonstrating a sustained ability to raise massive sums of money in her race against Senator Scott Brown, said Monday that she had pulled in $8.67 million between April and June, a major haul that could cement her position as the top fund-raiser among the nation’s congressional candidates.
The millions Warren has raised month after month underscore how the US Senate race in Massachusetts has become a national battleground in the fight for control of the Senate and reflects the enthusiasm she has generated among wealthy donors and grass-roots activists, inside and outside Massachusetts.
Warren’s fund-raising also suggests that questions about her Native American heritage have not hurt her standing with donors. Indeed, the controversy may have helped her to raise money, by energizing her liberal base.
Brown has not yet released his fund-raising figures for the most recent quarter.
Veteran political operatives said they were stunned by Warren’s fund-raising prowess. She has outraised Brown in each of the three previous quarters, hauling in $15.8 million to his $8.2 million. Her biggest month to date was June, when she took in $3.1 million and received the overwhelming support of the delegates to the state’s Democratic convention.
Rob Gray, a Republican political consultant, said that “probably the closest thing we’ve seen to the Warren wave is the Brown wave in the final three weeks of the special election,” in 2010, when Brown, then a little-known state senator, became a national sensation and quickly pulled in $15 million from Republican donors across the country.
“But his wave was limited to those three weeks,” Gray said, “and she’s been able to sustain it for more like eight or nine months, so it’s pretty remarkable.”