Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11.8 million he has to spend is nearly twice as much as his campaign had at this point in 2012.
Brown’s campaign says his fundraising sets an Ohio record for a campaign in the first quarter of an election year. By contrast, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, raised roughly $2.4 million during that same period in 2016, a year when much of the fundraising was aimed the presidential race.