WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren struck gold when her campaign decided to simply forward a fundraising solicitation from Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) that characterized her donors as the "Hollywood Crowd" and the "Far Left Juggernaut."
According to the Warren U.S. Senate campaign, the email solicitation, which was sent out on Tuesday night, brought in more than $50,000 in contributions.
"This has been one of our most successful fundraising emails to date because Elizabeth's supporters are sick of all Scott Brown's negative attacks," said a Warren adviser. "It's really a shame that he's chosen to take the low road like this."
The Warren campaign took an unusual approach with its fundraising email, forwarding her opponent's solicitation in the hopes that it would outrage progressives enough to get them to donate even more money to the former Harvard Law professor's campaign.
"Scott Brown just sent out an email about you -- and it's not very nice," said the Warren email, signed by campaign manager Mindy Myers. "The Senator isn't being a good sport about being outraised two-to-one in the last fundraising quarter. As you can read below, he's labeling our supporters 'insiders, celebrities, elites, occupiers, leftists' -- and then makes some ridiculous excuses about why Elizabeth's grassroots support is so strong."
"This email isn't just an attack on Elizabeth -- it's an attack on all of us who are fighting for middle class families," Myers added.
As proof, Warren's campaign included Brown's original email, which read: "She is a far-left ideologue and her liberal friends from across the country are helping her: She has the Harry Reid Democrats, the Hollywood Crowd, the Far Left Juggernaut, the Occupy Wall Street Bunch, and the Massachusetts Machine raising money hand-over-clenched fist."
On Monday, Warren announced she had raised $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 in her bid to unseat Brown. Myers said that more than 30,000 people from 350 Massachusetts cities and towns contributed and that 83 percent of the donations since January have been for $50 or less. Those points were aimed at countering GOP charges that Warren, a former Harvard professor, is primarily an outsider backed by Washington forces.
Brown raised $3.4 million, but he has about $15 million in the bank -- $4 million more than Warren does.
The two are running neck-and-neck in the latest polls.
Read the full email here.
This article was updated to reflect the fact that Warren received more than $50,000 in donations in response to the email solicitation.