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LCV Launches Major Ad Buy Showing Scott Brown Has “Gone Washington”

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

October 25, 2011  

MASSACHUSETTS – Today, the League of Conservation Voters launched a new television ad in Massachusetts highlighting Senator Scott Brown’s record in Washington of putting corporate polluters ahead of public health. The television ad will run on broadcast and cable in the Boston media market.

“Scott Brown came to Washington portraying himself as a moderate, but his zero percent LCV environmental score proves he’s been anything but as a Senator,” said Gene Karpinski, LCV President. “It’s past time that Senator Brown started voting to protect public health, instead of polluters.”

Senator Brown scored an abysmal zero percent on the League of Conservation Voters 2010 National Environmental Scorecard. The TV ad points out that he has repeatedly voted against protecting the environment and public health, this year supporting efforts to gut the Clean Water Act and weaken the Clean Air Act as well as prevent the EPA from addressing dangerous global warming pollution. [HR1,Senate Vote 36, 3/9/11; S493, Senate Votes 53,54, 4/6/11]

In May, Brown voted against a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate to repeal billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the nation’s most profitable oil companies.[S940, Senate Vote 72, 5/17/11] Repealing these special tax breaks is again under consideration, potentially as part of the supercommittee’s efforts to address the deficit.  The ad urges Senator Brown’s constituents to contact the Senator to tell him to vote the right way on this critical issue.

Brown has received $152,100 in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies over the course of his career.  [Center for Responsive Politics] Two weeks before his May vote to protect oil industry taxpayer subsidies, Brown received contributions from Chevron for $5000 (5/3/11) and Conoco Phillips for $1000 (5/3/11), with Exxon contributing $2500 less than a week before.  [FEC]

View the ad here:


Audio Visual

Footage shot from behind of a Scott Brown look-alike, in barn jacket.  Takes off barn jacket puts in trunk, to reveal suit. Tailgate slams to reveal DC license plate that says, “Brown.”  Throughout the spot, Brown’s truck then drives through various scenes of Washington, DC.  Super: Senator Scott Brown.  Gone Washington.

Truck drives by U.S. Capitol, corporate building.  As passes by, oil leaks out of truck to reveal
Super: Senator Scott Brown: $152,100 from Big Oil.  Voted to Keep Special Oil Company Tax Breaks. [S940, Senate Vote 72, 5/17/11; Center for Responsive Politics; FEC]

Truck passes by wildlife setting to reveal in oily letters.
Super: Senator Scott Brown: Voted Against Protecting Environment and Public Health.  [HR1,Senate Vote 36, 3/9/11; S493, Senate Votes 53,54, 4/6/11]

Truck drives by Washington scenes, drives by river as arm throws trash out window into river.
Super: Senator Scott Brown: 0% from the League of Conservation Voters.  [League of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard]

Truck drives by Washington highway sign.  Jump cut to tight shot of highway sign with still of Scott Brown next to the following words
Call Senator Scott Brown (202) 224-4543.  Ask him to support The Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act.
Paid for by The League of Conservation Voters

Scott Brown’s gone to Washington.

And something’s gone horribly wrong.

Brown sided with big oil -- taking thousands from oil companies just weeks before he voted to keep their special tax breaks.

…And Brown voted repeatedly against protecting our environment and public health.

No wonder Brown got a zero rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

Tell Senator Brown enough’s enough. Ask him to support the “Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act.”

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