Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) is hoping to raise $25 million toward his 2012 campaign for re-election, National Journal reports.
The current media tour of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., is about more than hawking a book. It’s a launching point for his goal of raising an eye-popping $25 million for his 2012 reelection bid, more than twice what Massachusetts Democrats have figured he would have on hand.
A war chest that size would likely dwarf the fundraising capabilities of the nascent Democratic field, which has been slow-forming in the face of poll numbers showing Brown as the state’s most popular political figure. Democrats have been further intimidated by Brown’s expected haul so far—estimated at around $10 million— still nowhere near the benchmark he set on Tuesday.
During a launch event for his reelection steering committee at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Brown said he has appearances planned on 60 Minutes and CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. He will also pair a book signing with a Reagan Library address on February 25, according to one person in attendance and another familiar with Brown’s intentions.
Brown’s book, Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances, goes on sale February 21, a little more than a year after he was sworn in following an out-of-nowhere campaign to win the seat held by Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy from 1962 until his death in August 2009. Brown, who had been a back-bench state senator known more for his American Idol contestant daughter, became one of the country’s biggest political celebrities.