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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Money talks...

The double talk coming out of the Scott Brown campaign suggests the junior senator is definitely getting concerned about the challenge he faces from Elizabeth Warren.

Wall Street's favorite senator is in a tizzy that Warren apparently counts reformers from the financial sector among those who contributed $5.7 million to her campaign in the last quarter of 2011.

While the Warren campaign says the average contribution she received from 23,000 Massachusetts contributors was $64, the Brown campaign continued the Karl Rove-financed assault claiming she is a tool of the same Wall Street folks she has taken up arms against. Says Nate Hodson, a spokesman for American Crossroads:
“Professor Warren’s double-talk on Wall Street campaign funds is brazen hypocrisy — she decries campaign cash from Wall Street while simultaneously asking them to contribute to her campaign. Professor Warren’s Wall Street hypocrisy is stunning.”
And the candidate is not shying away from the fact there may be some Wall Street money in her coffers:

“There are people on Wall Street who actually believe we need better rules, fairer rules. That’s what I stand for. I’ve gone toe-to-toe with these financial institutions. A lot of people understand if you don’t have tough rules and a tough cop on the beat, the whole system is going to come down around us.”
While the actual list of contributors will tell the tale when it is released, the two-quarter Warren fund-raising numbers of $8.8 million are eye-popping, particularly since she has come out of virtually nowhere as a candidate to out raise Brown, who set his own fund-raising records thanks to Wall Street and out-of-state contributors two years ago.

Democrats are quick to offer their own spin. According to John Sasso, the man behind Michael Dukakis:

“This has to do with her embodiment of that message of standing up for the middle class and fairness. She says it in such a compelling and authentic way that she is getting an overwhelming response,’’ he said. “She doesn’t sound threatening or angry. She comes across as very committed and at a time when people are looking to somebody who embodies that commitment to fairness.’’

One interesting triviality. While the Brown campaign was unavailable to the Globe, offering up only blather from the state GOP about "extreme liberal special interests " from outside Massachusetts, they did find time to respond directly to the Herald, using the "professor" meme to raise latent Tea Party hackles about elites.

A case can be made that Warren is taking Brown to school right now in terms of fund-raising, even though the incumbent continues to hold a sizable lead not only in actual dollars but in the support of super PACs like Rove's, which ponied up $1.1 million alone last fall to attack Warren.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So both sides will sell out to the highest bidder, more than 50% of the funds for both sides will come from out of state. Sad commentary on the state of our politics.

January 12, 2012 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad you need money to compete, but that's citizens untied for you.

Blueact and others have been pushing for national support of Warren, which isn't a bad thing. It wouldn't surprise me if the bulk of out of state contributions were also small donations.

Anyways, this just proves once again that "It's the candidates stupid". Followed by "Do you stand for something".

People are excited about Warren, and her message is apologetically hitting home. She reminds me of Dean, and the 50 state plan.

The beltway Dem leaders better smarten up. These candidates keep showing them the way to building a strong national party that can compete in all 50 states, but they refuse to listen.

January 12, 2012 10:07 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Anon 9:28, you aren't far off the mark. Money has thoroughly corrupted our political system. But in the absence of any rationality, it doesn't make sense to unilaterally disarm.

January 12, 2012 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Brad Kramer said...

No way in hell will Elizabeth Warren ever "sell out to the highest bidder." Sorry, ain't gonna happen.

January 13, 2012 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The average voter will be swayed by who can buy the catchiest 30 second attack add in the month before the election. The distortion of facts will matter little because MSNBC and FOX can spin things for either party and it gives the illusion of a legit investigation. And Brad just because it's a liberal cause,ex. national teachers assoc, doesn't mean it's not selling out.

January 13, 2012 4:56 AM  

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