The senatorial battle between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown in Massachusetts continues to be a contentious one, yet the Harvard professor is easily outraising the incumbent senator.
Warren, the Democratic nominee, is both a Harvard law professor and an expert in bankruptcy law, and was instrumental in establishing the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Brown, a Republican and the incumbent senator, won his seat in a special election in 2010. He seeks his first full term as a senator.
Warren's campaign announced on Oct. 15 that it had garnered more than $12.1 million in the third quarter, outraising Brown by some $5 million, according to an ABC report citing reports from the two campaigns. Almost all of the contributions to Warren's campaign come from small donors, with 80 percent coming in amounts of $50 or less, and more than half coming in amounts of less than $25.
The candidate raised $7 million in September alone.
"Tens of thousands of people across Massachusetts have joined this campaign because they know that Elizabeth will fight for them in the U.S. Senate," said Michael Pratt, finance director. He characterizes Brown as standing "with billionaires, big oil and Wall Street, (while) Elizabeth Warren has been there for middle class families and small businesses."
Warren pointed out that Brown voted against the American Jobs Act, among other issues critical to the middle class.
"While families across this state were struggling to make ends meet, Scott Brown voted against President Obama's jobs bill because it would have been paid for by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share," she said.
A recent ad from the Warren camp highlights further differences between the candidates:
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