Shaheen, Brown fundraising reports detail donors, spending
The number of people and political action committees who gave to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from April to July vastly outnumbered those that gave to her top Republican opponent, Scott Brown, recently released campaign finance reports show.
Shaheen and Brown’s second-quarter fundraising reports became available on the Federal Election Commission’s website this week, offering a glimpse into who gave money to both candidates as well as what they spent their money on between April 1 and June 30. Shaheen’s 4,209-page filing was five times the size of Brown’s, giving at least some indication of the difference in contributions and expenditures between the two. During the second quarter, Shaheen raised $2.8 million and spent $2 million, while Brown raised $2.3 million and spent $1.12 million.
Both totals dwarfed the amount raised by Brown’s Republican primary rivals, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith. Rubens raised $22,000, not counting the $250,000 he loaned himself, and Smith raised $140,000. The primary is Sept. 9.
Another notable difference in Shaheen’s report and Brown’s report is the percentage of small-dollar donors. Under FEC rules, anyone who donates more than $200 must have their name recorded, while total donations less than $200 are not itemized. Thirty-four percent of Shaheen’s donations from individuals came from these small-dollar donors, compared with 16 percent of Brown’s contributions. Shaheen brought in $292,000 from political action committees while Brown raised $139,500 from committees.
Both candidates benefited from large fundraising through outside groups. The Brown Victory Committee, a joint fundraising effort between Brown’s campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has sent at least $86,000 Brown’s way this election cycle, according to his report. He also brought in money from the GOP Victory Fund and the Founders Senate Candidate Committee. Under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, major donors can write a single check to one joint fundraising committee that doles out the money to candidates.
Shaheen, for her part, raised $1.07 million through ActBlue Express, an online fundraising portal that takes the money and sends it to the candidate earmarked by the donor. Her campaign has also raised more than $25,000 this cycle through a committee called Women on the Road to the Senate – 16 and Counting. Other political committees benefiting Shaheen include EMILY’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women, as well as JStreetPAC, a pro-Israel committee. The committee for O’Neill and Associates, a Boston-based lobbying firm Shaheen visited earlier this spring, gave her $1,000 this past quarter, according to the report.
David Koch, one half of the billionaire oil baron Koch brothers, gave the maximum $5,200 to donation to Brown ($2,600 for both the primary and the general), as did his wife, Julia. Koch PAC, the brothers’ political action committee, recorded a $5,000 donation to Brown on its own report, but the June donation was not included in Brown’s report.
A look at the candidates’ spending reports reveals Shaheen spent far more money than Brown on media, including television advertisements and direct mail.
Shaheen, for instance, spent nearly $500,000 on direct mailing, while Brown spent $185,000 on the same services, according to both reports. For television advertising, Shaheen spent at least $84,000 on production and $700,000 on the media buys, her report shows. Brown, by comparison, spent at least $470,000 on media buys, his report shows. Both campaigns released four television ads during the second quarter.
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the threshold for itemizing contributions. Campaigns must record contributions from individuals that total more than $200 during the election cycle.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne. Monitor reporter Allie Morris contributed to this story.)