Senate Republicans Send $2.4 Million to Massachusetts in Aid of Brown

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Sen. Scott Brown speaks at a rally in Cumnock Hall at the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus.

The campaign arm of the Senate Republicans sent $2.4 million to the Massachusetts Republican Party to help Sen. Scott Brown fend off a serious from Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Nov. 6.

The transfer by the National Republican Senatorial Committee accounted for 60 percent of the $4.1 million it sent to state parties during that period, according to a Political Capital analysis of campaign finance documents on file with the Senate’s public records office.

The NRSC sent $370,000 to Montana, where Rep. Denny Rehberg is trying to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, and $360,000 to North Dakota to help Rep. Rick Berg in his race against Heidi Heitkamp, a former state attorney general.

The NRSC sent $325,000 to Wisconsin, $305,000 to Nevada, $180,680 to New Mexico and $102,500 to Indiana. Those four states also have Senate races.

Senate campaign committees and candidates file reports on paper because they’re exempt from the electronic filing requirements that have applied to other federal committees and candidates for more than a decade.

Following are some other noteworthy disclosures from Senate candidates in the past few days:

Montana, Wisconsin: Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chairman and chief executive officer of Blackstone Group LP, and his wife donated in the past week to Rehberg in Montana and to former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, who’s running against Representative Tammy Baldwin for an open Senate seat.

Nebraska: Chuck Hagel’s endorsement of Democrat Bob Kerrey today followed  a donation Oct. 30 to Kerrey’s campaign by Hagel’s wife Lilibet.

Actors Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson and Annette Bening donated to Kerrey’s campaign on Oct. 29. Louis Freeh, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, gave $1,000 to Kerrey’s campaign on Oct. 25.

North Dakota: Like Kerrey, Heitkamp is getting from some Hollywood luminaries. Director Judd Apatow, actress Rita Wilson and Barry Meyer, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO, donated to her campaign in the past week.

Nevada: Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp., donated $2,000 yesterday to the campaign of Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican running for a full term against Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.

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