Senator Brown ahead in PAC donations

Thursday October 18, 2012

BOSTON -- Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren has raked in more campaign cash than rival Sen. Scott Brown, but the Republican is outpacing Warren in donations from political action committees.

Each candidate’s most recent campaign finance filing with the Federal Election Commission shows Brown collected more than $451,000 from PACs in the six week period between mid-August and the end of September. That compares with nearly $83,000 for Warren during the same period.

The race was already the most expensive Senate contest in the country and has shattered fundraising records for all past Massachusetts elections.

Overall, Brown has collected nearly $3.1 million from the political committees -- more than five times as much Warren’s $559,000.

Brown drew support from PACs representing financial, pharmaceutical and other corporate interests, while Warren drew heavily from union-affiliated committees, according to an Associated Press review of the campaign finance reports.

Among those PACs that have given Brown $10,000 this election cycle were committees associated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Union Pacific Corporation, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Independent Pe-troleum Association of America and Google.

Brown also collected donations totaling $10,000 from PACs representing financial companies and organizations including Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock Capital Management and the National Venture Capital Association, and from PACs representing pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Pfizer.

Brown collected donations of more than $5,000 from the PACs representing Halliburton, State Street Bank, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., the American Petroleum Institute and Ford Motor Co.

Among those PACs that have given Warren $10,000 this election cycle were committees associated with the United Auto Workers, the National Comm-ittee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the union-associated Unite Here Tip Campaign Committee.


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