WASHINGTON, D.C. – As he mulls running for Senate in New Hampshire, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $200,000 television ad campaign highlighting that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown voted to protect Big Oil’s taxpayer-funded subsidies just weeks after receiving thousands in campaign contributions from oil companies. The ad, “Friends,” begins airing this week across New Hampshire and will run through February 19th.
“It will be a whole lot harder for Scott Brown to hide from his record than it was to change the license plates on his pickup truck. As he shops for a Senate seat in New Hampshire, voters deserve to be reminded of his record of backing Big Oil,” said Navin Nayak, Senior Vice President for Campaigns at the League of Conservation Voters.
The ad reminds viewers that Brown took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from oil companies Chevron, Conoco Phillips, and Exxon just weeks before voting to protect Big Oil’s special subsidies. Documentation for the ad can be found here.
Brown has repeatedly voted against repealing billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies to the nation’s most profitable oil companies, while receiving $451,760 in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies over the course of his political career. In fact, only two Senators received more money than Brown from the oil and gas industry during the 2012 election cycle.
In 2012, LCV launched mail and field programs to help defeat Brown in Massachusetts, spending more than $1.1 million in the race. LCV Action Fund also raised or contributed more than $134,000 for Elizabeth Warren through its GiveGreen program, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
Brown’s voting record earned him a feeble 38% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit https://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters, www.lcv.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.