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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Second quarter fundraising data reveals Senator Scott Brown is receiving more support from political action committees than challenger Elizabeth Warren.  Brown collected $410,801 from PACs, nearly three times more than Warren, who has collected $133,074 from political action committees.  

Much Brown's PAC contributions have come big businesses, including pharmaceutical companies, banks, and oil companies were among the many that contributed $410,801 to the Brown campaign, while nearly 70 percent of Warren’s donations came from different union groups.  

In a statement issued Tuesday, Brown campaign press secretary Alleigh Marré sought to play down the difference between the two camps. “Scott Brown's donations from PACs are no different than Elizabeth Warren or the other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation,” she said.

But the Warren campaign seized on Brown’s support from the unpopular oil and financial industries. Press secretary Alethea Harney said in a statement, “While Elizabeth has been standing with working families, Scott Brown has been standing with Wall Street and big oil, working to weaken regulations and continue their subsidies and special deals.”

More than 160 different PACs contributed to the Brown campaign, with leadership committees connected to Congressional Republicans contributing $67,500, or 16.4 percent, of donations. But Brown also received $47,000 in donations from the financial sector, including contributions from PACs representing Goldman Sachs, Capital One, and Wells Fargo.

Union Support

The vast majority of Warren’s PAC donations came from unions, which contributed $90,500 to her campaign. In all, 21 different union PACs supported Warren in the second quarter; unions ranged from postal workers to nurses to painters to longshoremen. The largest donations came from the Service Employees International Union and the Utility Workers of America PACs, each of which contributed $10,000.

Local Republican activist Christopher Pinto said that he was unsurprised by Warren’s union support. “It’s unfortunate that the Democratic Party is the lap-dog of the unions,” he said.

But David Coyne, a member of the Worcester Democratic City Committee, characterized Warren’s union support as representing working and middle class interests. “These folks are lining up with Elizabeth Warren and I think that speaks volumes about who the constituents are.

One previous PAC donor of Warren's that made no contributions to her campaign this quarter was Emily's List, which has already funneled more than $311,000 to the Warren campaign.  

Varied Interests

While the PAC contributions represent a mere fraction of approximately $13.67 million raised between the two campaigns they indicate which interest groups ranging from investment banks to snowmobile enthusiasts focused on the race.

Brown garnered $28,5000 from PACs representing oil companies including Chevron, Halliburton, and ConocoPhillips, $25,000 from the food and beverage industry, $21,500 from telecommunications corporations, and $21,000 from pharmaceutical companies. The largest donation to the Brown campaign came from the non-partisan VoteSane PAC, which kicked in just over $40,000.













In addition to union donations, the Warren campaign also received support from local and national Democratic leadership committees along with $1,000 donations from Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club. The League of Conservation Voters and the Human Rights Campaign were also contributors.


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Liberty Freedom

Warren has been endorsed by Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and the coke-head elites of Hollywood.

Wake up, Massachusetts!


Christopher Pinto

The Emily's List PAC's singular goal is the promotion of Abortion. Unfortunately the author left that out.

Of course they spin it as stopping the War on Women while Under the Obama Economic policies close to 800,000 women e let their jobs. Way to go Barack. I don't think America can handle four more years of your economic polices. At this point in the Reagan recovery we were adding 700,000 jobs per month. Last month we added 69,000 jobs. That isn't enough jobs to employ the new college grads.

Edward Saucier

Elizabeth Warren on the other hand is the best candidate money can't buy.

Isn't it wonderful Chavez and Castro endorsed Liz? I have more respect for them than I do for any republican because they care more about their people than the republican party leaders do the American people.

The funny (strange) part is republicans make fun of and ridicule Castro and Chavez but not their buddy China, why is that? Is it because they make so much money with their corporatist pals for sending our good paying jobs to China? Don't worry about it, the GOoPers say small business creates all the jobs for us. Of course those jobs come with low pay and few if any benefits.

Too bad for all of us if the right wing takes over because they don't know the difference between right and wrong. There's a name for those types of people and I don't think they know what it is.

Harry Huckum

If you run into Elizabeth, don't let her near any forks


Meanwhile, Warren had become a progressive icon. Jon Stewart joked about making out with her. For months, she deflected questions about her political aspirations, telling the Wall Street Journal that she'd rather "stab myself in the eye" than return to Washington. She then jumped into a crowded Democratic field in September. But that was the easy part. In order to beat Brown, she'll have to confront the same forces that sent her packing from DC.

Warren is not for sale? Well to the Hollywood left she is.


While minimum individual donations at the event called "A Massachusetts Evening," were $1,000 to be a guest, the positions of co-host or co-chair were restricted to those contributing at least $2,500 and $5,000 respectively. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the event drew contributions from big names such as Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner, actor Toby Maguire and even Steven Spielberg.

Obama raises money in China AGAIN.


Joe Albanese

Not surprising that business owners want Scott to stay in and continue helping small businesses create jobs. Meanwhile, Warren raises her money out of state from Democratic donors in Hollywood, desperate to reclaim the Kennedy seat from the people.

Liberty Freedom

Edward Saucier, if you have such respect for Marxists you should read The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression.
It is a book authored by several European academics and edited by Stéphane Courtois, which documents a history of repressions, both political and civilian, by Communist states, including genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines. The book was originally published in 1997 in France under the title Le Livre noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur, répression by Éditions Robert Laffont. In the United States it is published by Harvard University Press.

Happy reading!

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