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Elizabeth Warren had a massive fundraising quarter in the Massachusetts Senate race, taking in more than $12.1 million to Scott Brown's $7.45 million during the same period. Warren hauled in almost that much just in September alone. But the real story is in where their donations are coming from.
Warren's team has touted the grassroots support her campaign has received throughout the cycle, and in the third quarter, over 80 percent of the $12.1 million came from donations of $50 or less, and over half came from donations of $25 or less.
Brown's campaign hasn't released information about donation size for the quarter. But analysis from the previous quarters of fundraising, Warren swamps Brown when it comes to small donors. As of the end of June, Warren had received about 44 percent of her money from donations of less than $200, while Brown raised about 18 percent from smaller donors.

Here's the most telling part of the fundraising story, though.

On the eve of the release of the next round of fund-raising numbers, the analysis of filings to the Federal Elections Commission shows that, so far, employees of the Boston mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments are, together, Brown’s biggest source of support. They have given $264,675, according to the FEC data, which was compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. After Fidelity are the employees of EMC Corp., the Hopkinton computer-storage company; Springfield’s Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.; and Goldman Sachs & Co. [...]

[...] Brown’s support from the financial industry—about $5.5 million, or 28 percent of the $19.5 million he has raised in total—also appears to reflect how much the sector does not want Warren in the Senate.

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Note that the employees of financial industry giants are not likely to be donating in the $200-and-less category. But they're donating where their interests lie, and that says an awful lot about Brown's interests.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 09:40:45 AM PDT

  •  For shame, you Wall Streeters (3+ / 0-)
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    Gemina13, futilitismo, pademocrat

    you've really gotta do better than that!!

    (heh ehhehe hehe he ha ah)

  •  Sharp contrast. (1+ / 0-)
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    Gemina13

    We win on those.

  •  Just now I got an email from the Warren Campaign (5+ / 0-)

    saying that line of 82% of donations to Warren were for $50 or less

    Also that 57% of donations were $25 or less!

    So really she's getting support from the people.

    I of course want Obama and Warren to be elected. I also relish the side effect of the (temporary) defeat of what Citizens United tried to do to our democracy, overwhelmed by the efforts of people who care.

  •  outsider involvement (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, it's not just Wall Street bankers who are getting involved in the Warren-Brown contest.  Many PACs and other organizations are flooding mailboxes with sleazy "information" about Warren, particularly on the Native American question.  My hope is that most of my fellow MA citizens will ignore these materials and see them for the noise they are.  But make no mistake: this race is expensive, has been nasty on Scott Brown's part and on the part of his supporters, and will get nastier yet.  Warren's messaging and ads have improved since the Democratic convention and I'm hopeful that she will be elected.  But big money and many wealthy coalitions and PACs are doing everything in their power to bring down the tenor of the discussion--with Brown's approval I'm sure--and to sway voters.

  •  I contributed (2+ / 0-)
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    abs0628, cany

    Every time Brown or his surrogates made fun of Mrs. Warren's ethnicity I sent her campaign $25. At last count I had sent a total of $200.  I had to cap it when it reached $200, we try to spread what little we can contribute around.

    Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

    by Pinto Pony on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 10:10:29 AM PDT

  •  I am one of those small donors (1+ / 0-)
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    cany

    I am on a monthly donation plan with the Warren campaign and have been for many months (same with the Obama campaign). But I've tossed in extra donations here and there, as well. And I've volunteered.

    All of us together, doing our own small parts, make up a vibrant and ever expanding campaign. There's a lot of power in that!

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 10:24:47 AM PDT

  •  Everytime her campaign does something good, I send (0+ / 0-)

    her $4.70 (now approaching $150).
    Elizabeth Warren at Act Blue
    I'm now starting to fund CA House races. We'll need the House to get anything done.

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin

    by chuck utzman on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:20:34 PM PDT

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