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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Scott Brown Watch: campaign finance

Scott Brown ran as an "independent Republican," someone who wouldn't be in lock step with his party's leadership. He record so far is mixed -- a couple of votes to break filibusters but decidedly in lockstep when it comes to the financial reform reform that the GOP says is a Wall Street bailout.

But now we are getting a glimpse at another sources of where the "independent" Brown is getting his direction: Wall Street.

The Herald continues what some in the Twitterverse have called its "bipolar" behavior toward the new senator they helped to elect. The paper notes a report from the Center for Responsive Politics finds Brown has received $354,000 from Wall Street groups, including $5,500 from Goldman Sachs.

That four-month totals dwarfs the $110,000 -- including $10,000 from Goldman Sachs -- that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, whose written a bill Wall Street despises, has received since 2008. And it's also more than senior senator John Kerry has received over the last two years.

It perhaps also helps to explain that inexplicable comments from Brown on Face the Nation last week where he claimed the Senate bill would cost Massachusetts as many as 35,000 jobs, citing sources who claim they said no such thing.

Brown at least showed his independence from the TV political pundits who somehow thought that he would abandon his 2012 bid for a full six-year term in the Senate to run for president instead.

Even then, Brown didn't offer much in the way of independence -- almost offering his support for his mentor Mitt Romney while declaring Sarah Palin qualified.

The week started on Face the Nation and ended on The Today Show. The days in between were hardly great examples of independent leadership.

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Blogger brian said...

This shows that money buys votes in Congress, no matter if the elected person is a Republican, Democrat or Independent. It also shows that the people we elect really do not work for us as they work for the people that gave them the money Finally, it shows that being in the Congress can be a very lucrative business.

April 24, 2010 8:06 AM  

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