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Brown And Warren In Tight Money Race For U.S. Senate

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BOSTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown raised $3.4 million during the first three months of the year, adding to his already hefty campaign fund.

The campaign said Friday it now has about $15 million in Brown’s re-election account. The campaign said about 71 percent of the donations it received between Jan. 1 and the end of March came from inside Massachusetts.

Brown’s chief Democratic rival, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, hasn’t yet released her campaign total from the first three months of the year, but Warren’s campaign has said that it’s received $2.5 million from in-state donors during that time.

Brown’s campaign said the 71 percent refers to the percentage of individual donations from inside Massachusetts, not the percentage of the $3.4 million total. They wouldn’t say what dollar amount of donations they received from Massachusetts during that time.

Warren, who had more than $6 million in her account at the end of 2011, has been criticized by Brown for accepting a larger percent of her donations from supporters outside of Massachusetts.

About 69 percent of the money Warren raised during last three months of 2011 came from out-of-state supporters, while Brown raised about 75 percent of his money during the same three-month period from inside Massachusetts.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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