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Shaheen raises $2.8 million in second quarter

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D-N.H. talks about her plans if she wins re-election fter filing her campaign paperwork to seek re-election Monday June 9, 2014 at the Secretary of State's office in Concord, N.H. The Republican fieldtrying to unseat her includes former U.S. Sens. Scott Brown and Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D-N.H. talks about her plans if she wins re-election fter filing her campaign paperwork to seek re-election Monday June 9, 2014 at the Secretary of State's office in Concord, N.H. The Republican fieldtrying to unseat her includes former U.S. Sens. Scott Brown and Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Since April 1, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has raised more than $2.8 million in her bid for re-election, campaign staff said yesterday. That’s the highest total ever raised in a single quarter for a U.S. Senate candidate in New Hampshire.

The Shaheen campaign reports it has $5.1 million on hand. More than 30,000 donors contributed to Shaheen’s campaign this past quarter, her campaign said. It did not say how much she spent during the quarter.

“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,” campaign spokesman Harrell Kirstein said in a statement.

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown raised roughly $2 million in the same time period, his campaign said last week.

Detailed reports from the second fundraising quarter, lasting from April to June, aren’t due to the Federal Election Commission until next Tuesday.

Including this quarter, Shaheen has now raised more than $10 million in total, Kirstein said. Last quarter, Shaheen brought in $1.53 million.

This year’s second quarter sum far exceeds what Shaheen raised during the same quarter of her 2008 campaign, when she pulled in $1.63 million and reported $2.2 million cash on hand.

The $2.8 million second quarter fundraising total includes money Shaheen raised at several big-ticket fundraising events, including one in New York City hosted by former president Bill Clinton and another in Boston headlined by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat. Warren beat Brown, then an incumbent U.S. senator from Massachusetts, in the 2012 election.

The April to June quarter is the first in which Brown has officially been in the race. Beyond the $2 million figure reported last month, Brown’s campaign has not shared how much cash he has on hand or how much money he’s spent.

“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,” Elizabeth Guyton, the Brown campaign spokesperson, said in a statement yesterday. “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.”

Neither of Brown’s Republican primary opponents, Bob Smith and Jim Rubens, have released their second quarter totals.

The numbers posted by Shaheen and Brown show both candidates have the money to get out their messages.

“We all should expect a lot of TV ads, flyers in mailboxes, radio ads between now and Election Day,” said Wayne Lesperance, a professor of political science at New England College.

Shaheen’s fundraising numbers are also indicative of a healthy campaign, he said. “This defies the conventional wisdom that it is going to be a strong Republican year.”

(“Monitor” reporter Kathleen Ronayne contributed to this report. Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)

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