Scott Brown is not the only Republican Senate candidate who can raise over $1,000,000 in a short time. In the sixty days since Carly Fiorina announced her bid to unseat Barbara Boxer, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, she cleared that amount in donations, pulling in $232,000 online alone. It took Chuck DeVore, her rival for the GOP nomination, nearly a year to raise a million.
The campaign reports that “Eighty three percent of all donations are in amounts of less than $250 and the overall average donation amount to Carly’s campaign is less than $350.” Given the loan that she and her husband made to the campaign, Carly starts the year with $2.7 million cash on hand. She’ll need more to remind voters of Boxer’s arrogance and her record, but she’s off to a good start.
Expect fundraising to pick up as Golden State voters focus on this race and as Republicans realize that Boxer can be beaten. Scott Brown’s success in the Bay State can help. He’ll show that what appears a quixotic quest may, in the current environment, become a winnable race for a Republican.
So, for the next week, let’s focus on helping Scott Brown, then, next week, we’ll have his example to inspire us as we work to elect Republicans across the nation, even in states like California where our fellows have not fared well in recent years.