Brown raised $715,707 just since October, according campaign finance documents obtained by the Herald, due to be filed today. That’s on top of $2 million he raised after his improbable victory for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat a year ago, for a total of $7,176,245 cash on hand.
“He’s gonna need it,” said former GOP congressional candidate Sean Bielat about Brown’s hefty campaign wallet. Bielat, who lost a hard-fought race to unseat U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton) last fall, added, “He’s not just a Massachusetts target, he’s a national target.”
That $7.1 million, Bielat said, “is going to give some candidates on the Democratic side pause, as well as building the buffer he’ll need to take on the Democratic machine in a largely liberal state.”