Democrat Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first three months of 2012, doubling Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and cementing her status as the top Senate fundraiser of the cycle.
Warren's astonishing first-quarter haul put her in line with what many presidential candidates raised, and exceeded what she had raised in any previous quarter — including the last three months of 2011, when she raked in $5.7 million. The campaign said more than 30,000 people from 350 Massachusetts towns had contributed since the start of the campaign.
"Scott Brown still has $4 million more in the bank than we do, and there's a lot of work ahead to do to close the gap. But this proves we're building something special," Warren's campaign manager, Mindy Myers, wrote Monday in an email to supporters.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been working to paint the other party's candidate as bankrolled by out-of-state interests. Brown's campaign said seven in 10 donations had come from within the state during the quarter.
Warren's team had already released partial numbers last week showing that the campaign had raised $2.5 million in Massachusetts in the first quarter. Compared with her total haul, that figure suggests that $4.4 million — or about two out of every three dollars — came from out of state.
Warren first demonstrated her fundraising might in October, six weeks after entering the race, when she posted more than $3 million for a partial quarter. Her steadily increasing numbers suggest that Republican hopes that her fundraising success would be short-lived have fallen flat.
A former Obama administration official and Harvard Law professor, Warren was a major get for Senate Democrats, who are eager to wrest back control of the seat that former Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) held for more than four decades until his death in 2009. Brown is fighting for his first full term after winning a special election in 2010 to replace Kennedy.