Elizabeth Warren Is Killing It In Fundraising, And It’s Not Because Of Celeb Support
11:46 am, July 9th | by Laura Donovan
The ongoing Senate battle between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren just got more interesting. Warren, who has been the subject of frivolous heritage talk this election season and is well-loved among the Hollywood elite, has raised more than $8.6 million for her campaign in the second quarter of 2012, exceeding her first quarter fundraising by $1.7 million.
When I first saw the press release revealing this news, I assumed the Democratic candidate’s financial success was due to her highly-publicized fundraising gatherings with the likes of “The Office” star John Krasinski, “Good Will Hunting” actor Matt Damon, “The Town” cast member Ben Affleck, and comedian Danny DeVito, among many others, but the numbers showed me I was off the mark:
“[T]he campaign experienced a surge in grassroots donations, as 81% of the donations were $50 or less and more than half were $25 or less. More than 40,500 residents of Massachusetts have contributed to her campaign.”
Celebrities can and do contribute well over $50 to their contender of choice, so we know they didn’t make up the majority of Warren’s donations, although they may have influenced state residents to stand by the law professor. Even so, that is a great deal of little contributions. In June alone, she raked in $3.1 million, and she currently has more than $13 million cash in hand. If Brown wants to win this thing, he can start by reporting his second quarter fundraising amounts and also step up his game. She doubled his campaign donations in the first quarter and they often poll close to each other. Personal appeal and charm can only get a person so far in such a tight race.