BOSTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren said in a fundraising letter to supporters on Wednesday that despite raising $42 million, her campaign finished in the red and needs a "little more money" to pay off the debt.
Warren, a Democrat who defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown in one of the nation’s most closely watched races, said the shortfall resulted from the campaign’s massive get-out-the-vote organizing effort on Election Day.
The letter did not give the size of the debt, but a campaign official pegged it at about $400,000, less than 1 percent of the total raised. The official requested anonymity because final campaign finance reports had not yet been filed.
"I know this was the most expensive Senate race in the country. And I know that we’ve sent you a bazillion emails asking for money over the past year. I’m sure you expected them to all end once the voters were counted -- and yes, that’s what I thought too," Warren wrote.
The Harvard Law School professor cited the cost of providing coffee and pizza for the more than 20,000 supporters who volunteered on Election Day, thousands more than had been anticipated. She also said the campaign rented dozens more vans in response to a greater-than-expected volume of calls from voters seeking help in getting to the polls.
The result was an "embarrassment of riches" that left the campaign with the small debt, Warren said.
"Everyone, we need a little more money to pay off our final bills. Can you help one more time?" she wrote.
A mid-October report filed with the Federal Election Commission showed Warren’s campaign had spent $35.7 million at that time.
Brown, who won a special election in 2010 to succeed the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, had spent $29.7 million on his re-election bid through the middle of October, according to the most recent report.