Progressives Work Overtime for Warren Ahead of Fundraising Deadline

Posted September 30, 2011 at 3:49pm

Just how much money Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren will raise by midnight tonight in her bid to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) remains unclear. But this much is known: She’ll be getting a lot of help from progressive organizations. announced today that its political action committee had raised at least $345,000 for Warren as of Friday afternoon, all of which will be bundled to Warren’s campaign account.

And on Thursday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced they had raised more than $375,000 for Warren, which will be bundled to her campaign as well.

Brown had raised more than $6.7 million this cycle through the end of June, which he ended with a whopping $9.6 million in cash on hand.

Though Warren, a former member of the Obama administration who helped create the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, has only been in the race since Sept. 14, her fundraising haul will be seen as a key metric of the strength of her support.

Already, the Brown camp has worked to set expectations.

“We expect Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren to have raised millions of dollars from progressive activists when the quarterly reporting period ends September 30,” Brown Campaign Manager Jim Barnett wrote to supporters earlier this week.

In an email to her supporters asking for last minute donations, Warren appealed to those on her email list to make a donation “before tonight’s midnight deadline, and add your voice to this campaign. It’s going to take big grass-roots support to stand up to the big corporate interests.”

“If we show our grass-roots strength with this first public financial report, I know we’ll have great things ahead of us,” Warren wrote.