Cleveland.com: Sherrod Brown raises hefty $2.4 million in first quarter of 2017

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Cleveland.com: Sherrod Brown raises hefty $2.4 million in first quarter of 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign flexed its financial muscle Wednesday, announcing it raised an impressive $2.4 million in the first three months of 2017.

The sizable haul, the most Brown has ever raised in an election off-year quarter, is almost double the $1.35 million he raised during the same time in 2011, according to campaign spokesman Justin Barasky. The senator now has about $5 million on hand, according to Barasky.

Brown is just one of a number of Democratic Senate incumbents to haul in large amounts of donations in the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency, fueled by angry small donors.

Barasky didn’t agree that Brown’s lucrative first-quarter was due to Trump.

“I think it speaks to Sherrod’s strength in Ohio more than anything else,” he said. “And I think people know not only that he’s fighting for them – they also know what he’s up against.”

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