Elizabeth Warren raised $12.1 million in third quarter

October 15, 2012

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) continues to set the fundraising pace this election, pulling in an astounding $12.1 million in the third quarter and outraising Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) by more than $4 million.

Elizabeth Warren (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

The total brings Warren's total haul this election cycle to more than $40 million in about 13 months as a candidate. She has easily outraised Brown -- a very strong fundraiser in his own right -- throughout the cycle.

Brown's campaign announced this morning that it raised nearly $7.5 million for the quarter and had $10.2 million cash on hand. Warren's campaign did not provide a cash on hand number.

The $12.1 million quarterly haul is not quite a record, but Warren has established herself as one of the greatest fundraisers in the history of Senate campaigns -- and now some polls are starting to show her opening up a small lead on Brown.

The biggest fundraising quarters in history include former congressman Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.), who raised $22 million in the third quarter for his 2000 Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton, and 2010 Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who raised $14 million in the third quarter against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Third quarter reports cover July 1 through Sept. 30. 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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