Brown’s war chest is up to $6.5m

It grew by $1m in last 3 months

By Brian C. Mooney
Globe Staff / July 15, 2010

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Senator Scott P. Brown raised more than $1 million in the last three months and has more than $6.5 million cash on hand, two years ahead of his reelection cycle.

In a report released yesterday, the freshman Republican’s campaign committee listed contributions totaling $1,064,154 and expenses of $323,725 for the period April 1 to June 30, adding to the hefty surplus in the campaign account after his special election victory six months ago.

It is a huge sum for a new senator. By contrast, the state’s senior senator, Democrat John F. Kerry, had $3.09 million in his account at the start of the second quarter.

Brown’s report, which is due to be filed with the Federal Election Commission today, listed itemized contributions of more than $200 totalling $651,739 and a total of $218,690 in unitemized donations of smaller amounts. Brown is also enjoying one of the benefits of incumbency — checks from scores of political action committees, mostly based in Washington and representing business interests. In the past three months, PACs pumped $202,275 into his campaign kitty.

By contrast, during his special election campaign, Brown raised $15.2 million, but only $325,000 from PACs. Most of his total came from unitemized contributions of $200 or less totalling $8.2 million from individuals.

In the stretch run to his victory on Jan. 19, about 70 percent of Brown’s contributors were from outside Massachusetts, a Globe analysis showed. For the most recent quarter, however, the Globe reviewed a large sample of his contributions and more than 60 percent were from Bay State residents.

The PACs represent a range of business interests, including banking, insurance, and financial services, telecommunications, defense contractors, and health care, pharmaceutical, and biomedical firms. Some of those whose interests Brown has championed as a candidate and senator chipped in. The PACs of medical device makers Covidien and Boston Scientific Corp. donated $1,000 and $5,000, respectively. During the campaign, when Brown vowed to vote against the pending national health care overhaul legislation, one of the reasons he cited was a tax it imposed on device makers in Massachusetts.

Similarly, as senator, Brown lobbied on behalf of changes in the financial services reform bill now pending before Congress that would allow some of the largest companies in Massachusetts to continue some of their investment practices. In the past three months, the political action committees of Springfield-based Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. ($6,000), State Street Bank & Trust Co. of Boston ($1,000), and Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. ($5,000) have contributed to Brown’s committee.

Gail Gitcho, his Senate spokeswoman said, “There is a lot of support for Scott Brown’s view that we should lower taxes and create more jobs in Massachusetts.’’

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