CONCORD – A fund-raiser hosted by 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney helped push Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown’s second-quarter fund-raising total to more than $2 million.
The New Hampshire Journal has learned that Romney hosted an event for Brown in Chicago on Sunday night.
The quarter ended on Monday and a source close to Brown said he raised more than $2 million between April 1 and June 30.
Romney will formally endorse Brown on Wednesday at a rally at the Stratham “Bittersweet Farm” owned by former New Hampshire House speaker Doug Scamman and his wife, former Rep. Stella Scamman.
In addition to Romney and Brown, speakers will include former Gov. John H. Sununu, Senate President Chuck Morse, and Doug Scamman. All previously endorsed Brown.
Brown’s fund-raising figure, while solid, is not expected to be in the same stratosphere as that of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who, at the end of the first quarter, had raised $6.9 million during the current cycle and had $4.3 million on hand.
She has been using not only her own fund-raising list, which is deep, but also Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s list.
Warren, who raised a breath-taking $8.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 on her way to defeating Brown in the Bay State, also hosted a fund-raising event for Shaheen in Boston on Monday.
The proceeds reportedly did not go entirely to the Shaheen campaign, but rather to the Shaheen Victory Fund 2014, a joint political committee that includes Shaheen’s campaign but also the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Brown began his campaign just a few weeks before the close of the first quarter, so his quarterly report in April showed only about $275,000 raised and on hand.
The bottom line is both candidates are expected to have more than enough money in their fund-raising accounts to saturate the airwaves and fund grassroots organizing and other key campaign tools moving into the fall – assuming Brown wins his GOP primary against Jim Rubens and Bob Smith.