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October 27, 2012

Brown far outraises Warren in Valley

But challenger leads statewide by $12M

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s list of contributors and campaign contributions in the Merrimack Valley dwarfs challenger Elizabeth Warren’s tally in an area that is vital to the incumbent’s bid for a full term.

But, the Warren campaign leads the fundraising total statewide by $12 million, and the candidates traded shots over which groups and people are funneling money into the other’s campaign and where those donors come from.

“Look at where they come from, 60 to 65 percent of her’s is out of state and 60 to 65 percent of mine are in-state,” Brown said.

“That is a good indicator of where people’s votes will be,” he added, because people who donate money to a candidate are more likely to be committed to that candidate and motivated to get out and vote.

Warren’s campaign countered that the overwhelming majority of her local donations are smaller than $200, which is the federal threshold that requires a candidate to publicly disclose a donor’s name and residency.

“She is proud of the support she’s gotten from area residents. Nearly 750 (from Merrimack Valley) have contributed to her campaign and over 1,100 have signed up to volunteer,” Warren spokeswoman Julie Edwards said. “This campaign has been fueled from the outset by the strong grassroots support she’s received - more than 80 percent of her donations are less than $50 and more than 50 percent are less than $25.”

According to the Federal Elections Commission, which keeps track of all federal candidates’ contributions and expenditures, Brown has raised $204,202 from 468 donations in Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover from the beginning of 2011 until Aug. 17, 2012. More recent data on individual donors was not available as of yesterday afternoon. Those donations include multiple contributions from a given donor.

That is a total of what are called itemized donors, meaning an individual has given at least $200 to a campaign. Individuals who have given less do not have to be disclosed.

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