Republican Scott Brown raises $750k for Massachusetts Senate race; Democrat Martha Coakley raises $100k

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Massachusetts Republican candidate for senator, Scott Brown, raised more than $750,000 from contributors today, according to his Web site. The fundraising is part of the 24-hour “Red Invades Blue” money bomb effort planned by the campaign for Monday.

After raising $500,000, the campaign’s initial goal, Brown’s campaign Web site upped the ante and began aiming for a $750,000 goal by the end of today. As of 6:15 p.m. EST, the campaign claims to have reached that goal.

In a video of Brown posted on the site, he asks for contributions to help with “a final push for advertising,” to help combat negative ads “which are already starting.”

Around 2 p.m. EST, a Democratic party official told The Daily Caller that Democratic candidate Martha Coakley raised more than $100,000 last week.

The election is Jan. 19, a week from Tuesday. Brown and Coakley, along with independent candidate Joe Kennedy (no relation to Camelot), are running in a special election for the Senate seat long held by the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy. Sen. Paul Kirk, appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick, will serve until a new senator is elected.

Representatives for both campaigns did not immediately comment on today’s fundraising numbers.