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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The best senator money can buy

What's the price of a U.S. Senator? Apparently $46,667 a week.

The Globe reports this morning that Scott Brown took in that amount of cash from the financial services industry over a three-week period last summer when he was doing their bidding to kill or weaken the financial service reform bill.

For point of reference, House Financial Services Committee Chairman -- and bill author -- Barney Frank managed only $4,000 a week over that same time period. And, the Globe notes, Brown's haul:
... is 400 percent more than the $28,000 received on average by all Republican senators during the same three weeks.
Brown was everywhere during the summer earning his money, telling anyone who would listen to the bankers' talking points that restraining the industry that caused the Great Recession and triggered massive unemployment was actually a jobs killer.

Again, the Globe:
As the money poured in, Brown and his Senate staff were working both publicly and behind the scenes to scuttle $19 billion in fees on the financial industry that would have paid for part of the regulatory overhaul, and to weaken a provision intended to curb certain types of investment activities by banks and insurance companies.
The usually mute Brown trotted out a spokeswoman to issue a written statement that declared:
“The changes Senator Brown pushed for in the legislation were designed to protect jobs in Massachusetts and keep taxes low. “There is absolutely zero connection between policy and fund-raising. To insinuate otherwise is just plain wrong.’’
People who don't earn a living on Brown's payroll disagree:
“It definitely raises one, if not two, eyebrows,’’ said David Levinthal of the independent Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance.
It's been clear since Day One that the man with the truck and the barn coat was independent only in his campaign literature. He continues to "distinguish" himself today with straight party line votes such as flip-flopping on don't ask, don't tell and denying health assistance to 9-11 emergency responders.

Brown's rhetoric has never matched his actions. It's nice to finally get an idea of how much it takes to buy his vote.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the money at stake, it didn't take much to ensure his support. A bargain at any price. An independent Republican.

December 12, 2010 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is a joke- votes for welfare (tax breaks) for big oil- votes against unemployment benifits for working familys. This goofball has to go!

April 09, 2012 4:04 AM  

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