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Brown raises more large gifts from Mass. than Warren

By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / July 18, 2012
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In contrast to challenger, Elizabeth Warren, Senator Scott Brown is collecting most of his high-dollar donations in Massachusetts, according to a Globe analysis of his fund-raising figures.

While 40 percent of Warren’s ­donations of more than $200 came from in state between April and June, Brown raised about 60 percent of his large donations in state.

Brown, a Republican, has been pointing to his homegrown fund-

raising to draw a contrast with ­Warren, a Democrat and a Harvard Law School professor who he says is the favorite of the liberal elite in Washington and Hollywood.

Donors from Boston accounted for the most money given to Brown, with $244,775 in itemized contributions. Washington, D.C., was his second-­biggest fund-raising city, with $176,141, followed by New York City, with $145,488, and Wellesley, with $124,520.

Between January and April, New York was Brown’s most ­lucrative source of donations.

The senator raised $4.97 million in the second quarter, compared with $8.67 million for Warren, who has built one of the nation’s most formidable fund-raising operations. Brown has $15.5 million cash on hand, compared with Warren’s $13.5 million.

The race is already among the most expensive in the country, in part because activists and donors in both parties believe it could tip the balance of power in the Senate. Underscoring how the contest has become a national battle, Brown and Warren collected donations from each of the 50 states.

Brown has been trying to ener­gize potential donors by warning that Democrats will have a better chance of retaining control of the Senate if he loses in November.

“Majority control of the ­Senate hinges on the outcome, which is why so many national liberals are pouring so much money into our rival’s race, and it’s why I am the No. 1 target of the national Democrats,” Brown wrote in a recent fund-raising appeal. He predicted that he would be outspent and asked for “every dollar I can get to fend off out-of-state liberals.”

While Brown raised money from a variety of political action committees, some are bound to draw criticism from Warren. After voting March 29 against a bill that would have repealed $24 billion in tax breaks for the five largest oil companies operating in the United States, Brown raised thousands of dollars from political action committees connected to the oil ­industry, including $2,500 from Chevron, $2,000 from the American Petroleum Institute, and $1,000 each from ConocoPhillips and Halliburton.

Brown, who has been ­accused by Warren of protecting Wall Street interests, also raised some large donations from the financial sector, includ­ing $2,500 from Kelly Coffey, a managing director at JPMorgan Chase, and $2,500 from Stephen Berenson, vice chairman of investment banking at JPMorgan’.

Brown filed his fund-raising report Tuesday, two days after Warren submitted hers to the Federal Election Commission.

Brown’s latest report shows that he, like Warren, has been spending heavily on staff, direct mail, telemarketing, digital strategy, advertising, and consultants.

He paid $7,500 each to John P. McConnell and Matthew Scully, former speechwriters for President George W. Bush, and hired Public Opinion Strategies, a Virginia polling firm that Mitt Romney has used, and ­Targeted Victory, an online adver­tising agency that helps Republican candidates exploit social media.

Both candidates have to fund their own advertising campaigns, since they signed an agreement designed to prevent outside special interest groups from spending money on their race.

The geography of Brown’s fund-raising is similar to the previous quarter, when he raised 59 percent of his itemized contributions in state, compared with the 36 percent that Warren raised in Massachusetts in that period.

Each candidate, however, has relied on out-of-state ­donors throughout the campaign.

While Brown collected $2.45 million in itemized contributions from Massachusetts in the latest quarter, he also took in $212,214 from New York and $209,005 from California and more than $100,000 from ­donors in Washington, D.C., Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut. and Texas.

Warren raised about $900,000 in itemized contributions from California and about $550,000 in New York. She also collected more than $100,000 each in Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Maryland.

Another active political figure in Massachusetts was Governor Deval Patrick, who raised $420,511 between April and June for the Together PAC, the federal political action committee he has been using to fund his travel across the country on behalf of Democratic causes, raising his own profile in the process.

Donors to Patrick’s federal PAC can give him $5,000, as ­opposed to the $500 limit he can collect through his state campaign account.

Patrick collected the maximum $5,000 from some donors who have business before the government, including James S. Gordon, president of Cape Wind, William P. McDermott, a Beacon Hill lobbyist whose clients include JPMorgan Chase and Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Gary L. Gottlieb, the chief executive of Partners HealthCare, which owns Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Patrick’s committee now has $674,703 in cash on hand.

Michael Levenson

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