Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown hasn’t even officially kicked off his 2012 campaign yet, and he’s already bringing in the big money. According to David Cantonese at Politico, Brown is announcing that he has raised $3.2 million just in the fourth quarter. Added to the rest of his 2011 fundraising, that puts the freshman Republican at nearly $13 million cash on hand, a huge number that will be daunting for any competitor to compete against.
Brown’s likely opponent, Elizabeth Warren, has just released her own fundraising numbers for the quarter, though, and they’ve even eclipsed Brown’s. According to an email from her campaign, she raised $5.7 million, with an average contribution of just $67 per person. The campaign did not disclose their cash on hand.
Warren has also been busy shoring up support in her own way — in this case, one handshake at a time. Mother Jones reports on a twitter photo of the candidate pressing the flesh. “That’s Elizabeth Warren shaking hands in the cold, at Fenway Park, during a college hockey doubleheader. (Here she is standing outside Fenway, for you sticklers.)”
The reference is an allusion to Brown’s first race, against Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, who said she didn’t like hands on campaigning ”[S]tanding outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?” a quip that epitomized the hands off approach Coakely took to her entire campaign, allowing Brown to win his seat in an upset.
Warren, it appears, has learned from that mistake.
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