Facing a potential challenge from Scott Brown, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire raised $1.54 million in the first three months of 2014 and ended March with $4.35 million in the bank, according to her campaign spokesman, Harrell Kirstein.
He said that money came from more than 26,600 donors.
“Our campaign is proud of all the grassroots support our campaign has generated to date and we’re confident we’ll have the resources we’ll need to win this November, regardless of whom Republicans nominate to run against Jeanne Shaheen,” he said in a statement.
Official fund-raising figures for the first quarter of the year are due to the Federal Election Commission by April 15.
Brown, the former US senator from Massachusetts who was unseated by Elizabeth Warren in 2012, is set to make his bid for the US Senate seat from New Hampshire official tonight at a rally in Portsmouth. He announced last month he was exploring the race.
“I worked with Senator Shaheen in the US Senate for three years. She is a nice person, but wrong on the issues facing the people of New Hampshire,” according to portions of prepared remarks released by his campaign.
“She made that clear when she cast the deciding vote that forced Obamacare on this state and our country,” Brown stated in the prepared remarks, referring to the Affordable Care Act.
“A lot of people aren’t aware of that vote to pass Obamacare. But it’s important to know if we are ever going to get past Obamacare and get America moving in the right direction. I am running to be a true independent voice for New Hampshire – I am running to hold Senator Shaheen accountable,” according to the statement.
Brown will have to win a GOP primary before he can he go head-to-head with Shaheen in November.