Mass. Sen.-elect Warren says campaign in debt


BOSTON (FOX 25 / – U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren says despite raising $42 million her campaign finished in the red and she's asking supporters for a "little more money" to pay off the debt.

Pizza, coffee and some rental vans are apparently what broke the bank for Warren. She says the last days of her "get out the vote" push pushed them over budget.

>>Let it Rip: Elizabeth Warren says her campaign is in debt

Warren, a Democrat, sent out an e-mail that says "everyone, we need a little more money to pay off our final bills. Can you help one more time?"
This gets attention because Warren raised record money in the campaign, $42 million against Scott Brown's $32 million, shattering records in the state. And now, they are about $400,000 short.
Warren didn't include that sum in the e-mail, instead thanking everyone for their support already and explaining that an influx of last-minute volunteers equaled unexpected money dropped on food and van rentals to help them get to the polls.
Warren is considered an expert scholar on bankruptcy with books published on managing household finances and the American middle class, so what happened?
Candidates often struggle to stay within budget even if the campaign is well managed. For example, last month, former President Bill Clinton sent a fundraising e-mail asking for donations to help Hillary Clinton, who still owes money from her 2008 presidential campaign – $73,000 as of the end of September.
To put the money Warren needs into perspective, $400,000 in the hole is less than one percent of the total money she raised during the campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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