Seeking to capitalize on last week’s news that they brought in more money from donors in the closing three months of 2011 than incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, the campaign of Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren detonated a ‘money bomb’ Friday, that will deliver even more.
The fundraising blitz, which according to the campaign staff has already brought in $236,000, is scheduled to coincide with the two-year anniversary of Brown’s surprise victory over Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the 2010 Special Election to complete the term of Sen. Edward M Kennedy, who died in August 2009.
Last Wednesday, the Warren campaign disclosed that during the fourth fundraising quarter of 2011, (or what is the term employed to what us mortal refer to as October, November, and December), Warren raked in $5.7 million, while Brown raised $3.2 million during that same period.
Still Brown now has a campaign account totaling $12.8 million, while Warren who began flirting with a possible Senate run in August and rocketed to the top of the Democratic primary field in September, has $6 million altogether.
Recent polls suggest that Warren maintains has developed a slim lead over Brown in the strongly liberal state. But Brown’s staunch support from Republicans, likability among independents,and image as a bi-partisan problem solver willing to defy partisan orthodoxy, makes Brown a strong candidate.
A possible General Election détente?
The campaigning is in full swing as we slowly inch towards November, but Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and his possible Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren, are said to be seeking an agreement to blunt the blows to dealt to each of them by outside political groups.
Politico as well as other organizations reported on Monday, that officals from both campaigns might meet soon to hash out a deal to limit the power such groups have in the much watched Senate race in November.
The Warren campaign allegedly wants the Democratic National Committee, the Republican National Committee, as well as both the Democratic and Republican Senatorial Campaign Committees; to also be included in any ban on outside groups.
Its unclear though, how their power could be diminished,what consequences their could be for any of the so-called ‘ ‘Super PAC’s’ who don’t abide by such a deal, since under Federal law they are forbidden from either cordinating or communicating with an actual candidate or thier campaign.
Outside groups though have already begun to make their mark in what many political analysts say will be one of the most watched Senate races in the country. ‘The League of Women Voters’ and the ‘League of Conservation Voters’ already have bought TV time and aired ads that criticize Brown on his record on the environment as well as his support of tax breaks for oil companies.
‘American Crossroads’, an organization affiliated with former George W Bush adviser Karl Rove, has also put out two ads against Warren, one for statements of support for the ‘Occupy Wall Street Movement’ and paradoxically, a second that alleges she is too close too Wall Street.