CONCORD — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign announced Monday it raised $2.8 million in the second quarter of the year and has more than $5 million on hand as the Democratic incumbent continues to gear up to defend the seat she won in 2008.
Shaheen’s campaign said the $2.8 million figure was a record for any New Hampshire candidate for the second quarter of an election year.
Going into the second quarter, Shaheen’s campaign had raised $6.9 million since she was elected in 2008. The second quarter fundraising figure pushes her total for the cycle to nearly $10 million.
With $5 million in the bank, Shaheen has a fund-raising advantage over Republican Senate frontrunner Scott Brown, who last week announced he had raised $2 million in the quarter. The Brown campaign has not yet released its cash on hand.
But neither candidate is expected to be short of cash as the election approaches.
Brown, unlike Shaheen, must overcome primary opposition first.
Former state Sen. Jim Rubens loaned his campaign an additional $253,600 in personal funds in the second quarter, bringing his total personal investment in the campaign to more than $506,000.
Rubens reported other donations of $22,085 in the quarter – 93 percent of it from New Hampshire — and reported having $414,184 in cash on hand.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith has not yet released his fund-raising totals.
Brown campaign spokesman Elizabeth Guyton, reacting to the strong Shaheen fundraising total, said, ““It’s clear that both campaigns are going to have the resources they need to get their messages out. That won’t be a problem for anyone in this election. Senator Shaheen’s problem is her message. Voting 99 percent of the time with President Obama is not a winning formula in New Hampshire in 2014.”
Shaheen campaign spokesman Harrell Kirstein told The Hill, “”Senator Shaheen is proud to have such strong grassroots support for her campaign and her work to put New Hampshire first and make a difference for the people who live and work here.”
Shaheen not only relied on her own proven fundraising prowess and email from herself, as well as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others, but she also benefitted from a fund-raiser in New York on June 16 hosted by former President Bill Clinton.
Warren hosted a fundraiser for Shaheen in Boston last week.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney hosted a fundraiser for Brown in Chicago on June 29 and formally endorsed Brown at an event in Stratham on July 2.