Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is off to a quick start when it comes to raising money for her Senate campaign in Massachusetts, with a debut total -- $3.15 million -- that may even out-perform some of the Republican candidates for president.
Warren, who helped set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is a favorite candidate among progressives, announced the impressive third-quarter haul in an email to her supporters Monday. She said that 96% of the contributions came in donations of $100 or less.
According to numbers compiled by the National Journal's Hotline, no other Senate candidate -- not even incumbents -- raised as much money in the second quarter as Warren did for the third. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was closest, piling up nearly $3.1 million.
"With the big banks and special interests lining up against us, we know it's going to take a strong, grass-roots campaign to win," Warren wrote.