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Shaheen breaks her own fundraising record, has $5 million in bank before September primary

CONCORD – U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., raised a record-setting, $2.8 million over the last three months and has more than twice the campaign war chest as leading Republican candidate Scott Brown.

The Shaheen campaign on Monday released a partial summary of her fundraising for the quarter that ended June 30. ...

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CONCORD – U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., raised a record-setting, $2.8 million over the last three months and has more than twice the campaign war chest as leading Republican candidate Scott Brown.

The Shaheen campaign on Monday released a partial summary of her fundraising for the quarter that ended June 30.

The money raised is the most in a second quarter for any candidate for federal office in New Hampshire history.

“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,” said Harrell Kirstein, Shaheen’s communications director.

Shaheen actually broke her own record for fundraising, which she set in spring 2008 when she raised $1.8 million. Four months later, Shaheen went on to unseat Sen. John E. Sununu, R-N.H.

Shaheen’s camp has raised just over $10 million for her 2014 re-
election campaign and as of June 30 had $5.1 million in the bank.

This means over the last three months, she spent more than $2 million to ramp up her re-election campaign staff and to air her first television and radio ads of this cycle.

Meanwhile, Brown geared up his fundraising machine and raised $2 million during the most recent quarter including a fund-raiser in Chicago starring 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, sources close to the campaign confirmed last week.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, also spoke to a crowd of a few hundred Brown supporters last week at the home of former New Hampshire House Speaker Doug Scamman in Stratham.

Though Brown’s campaign has provided no further details on the latest quarter, he’s raised no more than $2.3 million thus far.

Brown’s campaign has hired staff and aired its own TV commercials so there’s no doubt it has significantly less than half Shaheen’s war chest.

For nearly two years, Shaheen has ramped up fundraising for her re-election while Brown only entered the race in March after having moved to the state last November.

In recent months, Brown has repeatedly assured GOP activists here that he’ll be able to compete with Shaheen not just for votes but for campaign donations.

“It’s clear that both campaigns are going to have the resources they need to get their messages out,” said Elizabeth Guyton, Brown’s communications director.

“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.”

During his brief Capitol Hill career in Massachusetts, Brown shattered his own campaign finance records.

In 2012, then-Sen. Brown raised more than $28 million in his loss to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. The pair spent a record $68 million during the campaign.

Two years earlier, he won the seat in a special election over Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Brown and Coakley spent $20.6 million in that abbreviated race.

In other Senate race developments, GOP candidate and former-Sen. Bob Smith won a straw poll at the holiday picnic of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.

Smith won with 76 votes to 44 for former state Sen. Jim Rubens; Brown got 34 votes.

The New Hampshire PAC to Save America said it would have a “major announcement” today on the race.

Founded last spring, the Super PAC’s only expenses have been $41,000 in support of Rubens’ candidacy.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).