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New Yorkers open their wallets for Brown

First-quarter tally from city tops Boston’s

Senator Scott Brown’s campaign had $15 million as of March 31.

US Senator Scott Brown collected more itemized campaign donations from New York City than from any other city in America, including Boston and others in Massachusetts, during the first three months of this year, a Globe analysis of federal campaign records shows.

Brown raised $141,520 in itemized contributions from New York in the first three months, compared with $138,640 from Boston, his second-biggest fund-raising city for the quarter, according to the federal records.

Two other cities outside of Massachusetts, Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Fla., rank number four ($56,550) and five ($50,550) on Brown’s list of top fund-raising hubs during the first three months of 2012, the most recent fund-raising period.


The rankings cover only contributions of at least $200, which must be reported in more detail - including the donor’s occupation and address - to the Federal Election Commission than smaller contributions.

The elections commission has made Brown’s contributions available online in a searchable spreadsheet, but has not yet done so with those of his leading Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law School professor.

In previous fund-raising quarters, Warren has raised the majority of her contributions from outside Massachusetts, a much larger proportion than Brown, a Republican.

Warren raised $4.4 million from out of state in the first three months of this year, and $2.5 million, or about 36 percent, within Massachusetts, according to her campaign.

Brown raised 59 percent of his itemized contributions in state during the first quarter, compared with 41 percent out of state. (Direct comparisons between the campaigns were not available, as Brown did not provide a complete breakdown, and Warren’s itemized contributions are not posted on public spreadsheets.)

Brown’s campaign also noted that 71 percent of the people who gave money to him during that period live in state.

“Scott Brown is proud that 71 percent of his contributors come from Massachusetts,’’ said his spokesman, Colin Reed. “This is a strong endorsement of Scott Brown from the people who know him best. They admire him for his independence and his focus on jobs and the economy.’’


Brown and his campaign have criticized Warren saying she depends on wealthy communities in other states to raise money. When fund-raising totals for the first quarter of 2012 were announced last month, his campaign finance director, John Cook, said, “We will once again be outraised by the Hollywood elites and out-of-state liberals that are backing our opponent.’’

But Brown, too, is depending on wealthy communities, as both candidates build war chests that are expected to exceed all Massachusetts political fund-raising records. Brown had about $15 million in his campaign account as of March 31. Warren had $11 million on hand.

Brown’s other top fund-raising communities include Wellesley ($67,555), Newton ($49,958), Weston ($45,920), Sudbury ($42,838), Concord ($37,665), and Westwood ($35,608).

Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.