Despite Raising $42M, Warren Says Her Campaign Is In Debt

U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren raised record amounts in her race against incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, but apparently it wasn’t enough.

In an email to supporters Wednesday, the Democrat said that her get-out-the-vote effort ended up costing more than her campaign anticipated.

She said her campaign knew it would have to buy a lot more coffee and pizza for volunteers, but so many volunteers showed up that the campaign had to buy even more coffee and pizza at the last minute.

Warren also said so many people called for help getting to the polls that her campaign had to rent dozens more vans.

Her campaign said the debt is less than $400,000 — less than 1 percent of the $42 million Warren raised.

Successful campaigns spend every dime they raise. Sometimes, they spend a little more.

The Warren-Brown race was the most expensive political race in Massachusetts history.

This article was originally published on December 05, 2012.

This program aired on December 5, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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