Elizabeth Warren Is Sitting on a Whole Lot of Money

Politico sees 2020 implications
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – During her first five years in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren had a heads-down attitude, Democrats close to her tell Politico in a piece about the "conscious break" that has followed. It reports on what it characterizes as "under-the-radar" moves that could be greasing the wheels for 2020. Chief among them is a near record-setting amount of money. She has $12.8 million at her disposal, an amount of campaign cash that exceeds that of almost any other incumbent senator at this stage of the election cycle—and the fight for her Senate seat isn't expected to be a tough one. More on Warren, 2020, and, more pressing, 2018:

  • On the will-she-or-won't-she front: Politico notes that she has turned down invites to appear in Iowa and New Hampshire, but she has been taking some key meetings (think JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Joe Biden, Barack Obama), appeared in battleground states, and has researchers reviewing her background for "political vulnerabilities."
  • As for that cash: MassLive provides some recent context, citing Federal Election Commission data that totals senators' fundraising since 2013. New Alabama Sen. Doug Jones raised $23.6 million since then to Warren's $21 million, with Ted Cruz in third at $14.9 million. But the men currently have about $5 million on hand, to Warren's $12.8 million.

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