In 17 days, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s campaign raised nearly $275,000 for his effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Brown announced an exploratory committee on March 14, even though the committee on file with the Federal Election Commission was a full-fledged campaign committee.
The first quarter ended 17 days later, and figures released by the campaign today show that Brown raised $274,728 and had no expenditures, since he had no staff, leaving an end-of-quarter cash-on-hand figure of the same $274,728.
Shaheen, meanwhile, raised $1.54 million in the first quarter and $7.3 million since the beginning of the current cycle in November 2008, when she was first elected. She reported $4.35 million on hand.
Brown supporters, however, say money will not be a problem in the race.
And in fact, much, if not most, of the funds spent in the campaign will not be by the campaigns but by third party advocacy groups.
Brown’s campaign says the 17-day fund-raising was impressive given that he had no fund-raising operation during that time.
It points out that broken down by week, Brown raised about $137,364-a-week, while Shaheen raised $128,167-a-week.
Campaign manager Colin Reed said in a statement: “Even before he was officially a candidate in the race, Scott Brown’s message was clearly resonating with voters. The people of New Hampshire don’t want a senator who votes 99 percent of the time with President Obama and who cast the tie-breaking vote for Obamacare. They want new leadership, and that’s why you’re seeing the kind of support Scott received during the first two weeks of his listening tour.” Earlier campaign accused Shaheen of voting to “impose $500 million in new or higher taxes” when she backed the Affordable Care Act.”
Earlier Reed wrote in a “memo” that as the U.S. tax burden rises, and as Americans work longer to pay the government their taxes, Shaheen has “not only imposed a flawed health care system on New Hampshire, she also imposed $500 billion in new or higher taxes that will affect individuals and businesses, hurting jobs and the economy. Among the Obamacare tax hikes are higher Medicare and investment income taxes, a new medical device tax, and higher taxes on brand name drugs and premium health care plans. Jeanne Shaheen even voted to impose a new tax on tanning salons.”
“Obamacare is not only bad for New Hampshire’s health care system; its slew of tax hikes are also a major drag on the state’s economy,” he wrote.
The campaign says Obamacare, supported by Shaheen, has included a surtax on investment income, a hike in the Medicare payroll tax, a new tax on health insurers, an excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans, among others.
There was no immediate response from the Shaheen campaign to the “memo” by the Brown campaign.
Also Monday, former state Rep. Maureen Mooney of Merrimack, a key conservative activist in the state for many years, endorsed Brown in an opinion piece on Merrimack.Patch.com. And as she did for John McCain’s run in the 2008 presidential primary, Mooney will help with “conservative outreach” for Brown, according to Brown campaign sources.
Mooney in her piece noted the Democratic victories of 2012 and wrote that “I think that 2014 can be different, and Scott Brown is the reason why I still believe (the GOP) we can turn things around.”
She wrote that Shaheen’s votes” are partisan and consistently in line with Harry Reid and President Obama 99 percent of the time.
“Candidly, as a long-term Republican activist and a former elected official, there are votes he made as a U.S. Senator which I would have made differently. However, in that case and every other case, he will talk with any constituent, any time, for as long as it takes, and fully explain what he did, why he did it, and admit it if he made a mistake,” Mooney wrote. As a Massachusetts senator, he “demonstrated his commitment to prohibiting earmarks, reducing taxes, repealing Obamacare, and protecting religious liberty. In my view, he is best situated to defeat Senator Shaheen.”
Brown Monday was scheduled to tour the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton with former state Department of Employment Security Commissioner Richard Brothers.
Meanwhile, we’ve learned that the Brown campaign has secured campaign office space at 379 Elm St. in Manchester. The space has often been political campaign headquarters in the past. In 2010, the space was used by former U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes’ U.S. Senate campaign and has also been a Democratic Party office.
It is adjacent to office space used by Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
The campaign will be moving into the site soon, a spokesman said.