BOSTON – Despite raising over $42 million and running one of the most expensive Senate races in the country, U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren says her campaign is in debt.
The reason? Too much pizza and coffee. Warren, in a fundraising appeal to supporters, wrote yesterday that the get-out-the vote effort fueled by thousands of volunteers was larger than her campaign had anticipated and helped make the difference in her defeat of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in November.
The “grassroots army” also cost more than she expected. “This extraordinary effort was wonderful and it’s how we won, but it created some planning challenges. For example, we knew we would have to buy a LOT of coffee and pizza all across the Commonwealth for our volunteers. After all, we’ve been proud beyond words to have one of the scrappiest, toughest grassroots armies ever assembled in Massachusetts or even the country — and a grassroots army moves on coffee and pizza,” Warren wrote.
In addition to feeding and keeping her staff caffeinated, Warren said her campaign had to rent dozens of additional vans to bring voters to the polls on election day. “I know this was the most expensive Senate race in the country. And I know that we’ve sent you a bazillion emails asking for money over the past year.
“I’m sure you expected them to all end once the votes were counted — and yes, that’s what I thought too. Right now, I’d rather be writing about filibuster reform and banking regulation,” Warren wrote.
A spokesman for Warren was not immediately available to comment on the size of the debt.