Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren has reported an impressive fundraising haul for the second quarter of 2012.
In a release Monday, Warren announced that she raised $8.67 million in April, May and June. The campaign said it was her best fundraising quarter to date, and beat the year's first-quarter take by $1.7 million.
The Associated Press adds:
The campaign says more than 80 percent of the donations during the second quarter were $50 or less. A full breakdown of the fundraising is not expected until later in the month.
The campaign said it now has $13.5 million cash on hand.
Incumbent Sen. Scott Brown has not yet released his second-quarter fundraising figures. The Boston Globe reports that candidates must file reports by Sunday.
In the first quarter, Warren out-raised Brown, $6.9 million to $3.4 million, but Brown had about $4 million more cash on hand then.
Through the first quarter, the Senate race was the most expensive in the country.
Update at 3 p.m.: Maurice Cunningham, political science chair at the University of Massachusetts Boston, called the amount astounding, especially in light of the controversy over Warren's Native American heritage:
At the time when this heritage issue arose, oddly enough that issue has had no resonance at all in polling numbers, but it appears to have spurred her fundraising efforts, and I think some of this is in response to what Democrats perceive as a smear against her.
In a statement to WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov, Brown's campaign criticized Warren for dependence on out-of-state donations:
Professor Warren’s campaign is largely dependent on out-of-state, extreme special interests and fellow Occupy protestors who share her radical tax, borrow and spend agenda. ...
This program aired on July 9, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.