According to Saturday’s New York Times, the prodigious fundraising of U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown (R-$19.9 million) and Elizabeth Warren (D-$24.5 million) “could make the Massachusetts contest the most expensive Senate race in the country this year.”
Two fun facts to know and tell:
Ms. Warren’s haul . . . has already catapulted her to No. 15 on the list of most successful Senate money-raisers in history, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics done for The New York Times. [Helpful chart here.] With more than three months to go before Election Day, she is likely to climb higher.
And, given that “[a]bout 60 percent of Ms. Warren’s contributions of more than $200 in the second quarter came from out of state” . . .
“It’s easy for the Hollywood elites to support Warren,” Mr. Brown wrote in a fund-raising appeal on Thursday, because they would not be affected by what he argued were her detrimental policies.
“That’s why I need your help again,” Mr. Brown added. “Even if you can’t contribute $5,000 like Susan Sarandon or Oliver Stone, your online contribution for $10 or $20 or $30 or $40 will sure be appreciated.”
Call it the shucks and aw gambit.
Whatever you call this race, of course, you’ll eventually call it ugly.