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In Massachusetts Brown, Warren release competing heritage ads (+videos)

The Senate race in Massachusetts has returned to an old theme, the question of challenger Elizabeth Warren's claim to Native American ancestry. Warren and Senator Scott Brown both released competing ads on the issue.

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That compares with less than 2 percent for Warren. Those donors accounted for about $248,000 of the more than $16 million Warren collected in donations over $200. Campaigns do not have to give itemized lists of donors who give less than $200.

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The story was first reported by the Patriot Ledger.

Brown's campaign said it has followed all FEC requirements, including sending letters to those donors asking them for information about their employers and occupations.

"Scott Brown is in full compliance with all rules and regulations," said Brown campaign manager Jim Barnett, noting that other elected officials including President Barack Obama have similar rates of compliance.

Barnett said Democrats are trying to distract attention from "the swirling controversy Warren caused by forging her identity in pursuit of professional advancement."

Democrats, however, said that the employers and occupations of many of those on Brown's campaign finance records, including former presidential nominee Bob Dole, could easily be verified by a simple Internet search.

"What else is Scott Brown hiding?" Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said.

Warren also weighed in on two high-profile ballot questions on Massachusetts' November ballot.

Asked if she supports a question that would legalize the medical use of marijuana, she said she held her father's hand when he was dying of cancer and there was talk at the time if marijuana could have eased the pain.

"If there's something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who's suffering, I'm in favor of that," she said.

Warren, asked about a ballot question that would allow terminally ill adults to self-administer life-ending drugs, said she would lean toward giving dying patients more freedom.

Brown has said he's opposed to the marijuana question but is still weighing the life-ending drugs question.

The new Brown ad could mark a shift in the tone of the campaign. Warren previously released an ad that said Brown is on the "big money guys."

The lack of sharper political ads until now has been the result in part of the People's Pledge, signed by both candidates, to discourage outside groups and political action committees from launching attack ads.

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