BOSTON, (Reuters) - Democrat Elizabeth Warren raised
$3.15 million in the first stage of her bid for the U.S. Senate
from Massachusetts, the former Obama administration official's
campaign said Monday.
More than 11,000 individuals in Massachusetts alone gave to
Warren's campaign, and the vast majority of the contributions
were $100 or less.
The fundraising haul, which only covers a portion of the
third quarter, is a strong start for Warren, who would face
Republican Scott Brown in November 2012 if she wins the
Democratic primary in September.
The only other Democratic candidate in the primary to
announce fundraising totals so far, community organizer Alan
Khazei, said on Friday he raised $365,000 in the third quarter
and had $750,000 available.
Brown's campaign has raised at least $3.7 million so far
this year and has $9.6 million on hand. He has not released
The moderate Republican won a special election in January
2010 to fill the remainder of the late Senator Edward Kennedy's
term. Kennedy died of a brain tumor in August 2009.
Republicans are eager to hold Brown's seat, and Democrats
see it as perhaps their best chance to pick up a seat in 2012.
Warren, a Harvard University law professor, announced her
Senate run on Sept. 14, but started raising money in August,
when she formed an exploratory committee.
Progressive groups, including MoveOn.org, have thrown
fund-raising muscle behind Warren, a consumer advocate and Wall
Warren created the Obama administration's Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau and led a panel created by Congress
to examine how bank bailout money was being spent.
(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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