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In September 2013, Scott Brown agreed to join the advisory board of a company in Florida called Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI). During its lifespan, GDSI had gone from a beauty supply company in New Jersey, to a wireless data firm in California, to a firearms manufacturer in Florida. However, there was skepticism as to whether the company had any real product or customers at all. The activity on its [http://www.gdsi.co/index.html website] included a list of officers and board members along with a few press releases, but no specifics as to what the company planned to actually produce. As a reward for joining the advisory board, Brown received "1.5 million shares of company stock, worth about $1.3 million when they were granted, or about $690,000 at today’s prices."<ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/05/31/scott-brown-senate-candidate-got-big-stock-grant-from-tiny-florida-firm/igw9q08npW9vjJAkHyjg7N/story.html ''The Boston Globe'', "Scott Brown got big stake in obscure Florida firm," accessed June 9, 2014]</ref> After various media groups began questioning Brown about the company, Brown cut ties with GDSI on June 4, 2014. He no longer appears on their website, and according to ''The Washington Post'', he probably did not make any money in the deal.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/05/scott-browns-tenure-as-adviser-to-mysterious-company-worked-out-poorly-for-everyone/ ''The Washington Post'', "Scott Brown’s tenure as adviser to mysterious company worked out poorly for everyone," accessed June 9, 2014]</ref>
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In September 2013, Scott Brown agreed to join the advisory board of a company in Florida called Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI). During its lifespan, GDSI had gone from a beauty supply company in New Jersey, to a wireless data firm in California, to a firearms manufacturer in Florida. However, there was skepticism as to whether the company had any real product or customers at all. The activity on its [http://www.gdsi.co/index.html website] included a list of officers and board members along with a few press releases, but no specifics as to what the company planned to actually produce. As a reward for joining the advisory board, Brown received "1.5 million shares of company stock, worth about $1.3 million when they were granted, or about $690,000 at today’s prices."<ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/05/31/scott-brown-senate-candidate-got-big-stock-grant-from-tiny-florida-firm/igw9q08npW9vjJAkHyjg7N/story.html ''The Boston Globe'', "Scott Brown got big stake in obscure Florida firm," accessed June 9, 2014]</ref> After various media groups began questioning Brown about the company, Brown cut ties with GDSI on June 4, 2014. He no longer appeared on their website, and according to ''The Washington Post'', he probably did not make any money in the deal.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/05/scott-browns-tenure-as-adviser-to-mysterious-company-worked-out-poorly-for-everyone/ ''The Washington Post'', "Scott Brown’s tenure as adviser to mysterious company worked out poorly for everyone," accessed June 9, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==

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Scott Brown
Scott Brown.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Retired Senator
In office
February 4, 2010-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 19, 2010
Next primarySeptember 9, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
2004-2010
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1999-2004
Education
High schoolWakefield High School
Bachelor'sTufts University
J.D.Boston College Law School
Military service
Service/branchMassachusetts Army National Guard
Years of service1979-Present
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1959
Place of birthKittery, Maine
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian Reformed Church in North America
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Philip Brown (b. September 12, 1959, in Kittery, Maine) is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire.[1]

In March 2014, Brown announced the launch of his exploratory committee for the Senate seat in New Hampshire.[2]

He was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and served until 2013. Brown ran for re-election in 2012 and lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brown is a "centrist Republican."[5]

Biography

Brown was born in 1959 in Kittery, Maine, and attended public high school in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He earned his B.A. from Tufts University in 1981 and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1985. Brown has also worked as an attorney.[6]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Brown's political career[6]:

  • Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1999-2004
  • Massachusetts State Senate, 2004-2010
  • U.S. Senate, 2010-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012

Brown served on the following Senate committees[7]:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Scott Brown endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Brown voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Lobbying position after leaving office

Brown was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as 1 of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office.[10] Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs.[10] USA Today looked at lawmakers who retired, resigned or lost their seats in the last Congress — along with the handful who left their posts during the first months of the new Congress.[10]

Despite rules in place to prevent the constant rotation of lawmakers into lobbying positions, many former lawmakers are entering into positions with either lobbying firms or trade associations.[10] Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators are barred for two years.[10]

There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation.[10] Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments.[10] Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.[10]

In light of his lobbying and potential run for Senate, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is calling on Brown to release his client list at the Nixon Peabody law firm, even going so far as to start an online petition they are advertising. According to Harrell Kirstein, the New Hampshire Democratic Party communications director, "Shadow lobbyist Scott Brown is so desperate to get back to Washington to represent Wall Street, big banks, and big oil that he doesn’t care what state he runs from. But we don’t know just whose bidding he has been doing since he decided to cash in." Kirstein added, "Before Scott Brown once again slinks across the border trying to pass himself off as a Granite Stater, he should come clean by disclosing a list of the clients he has been advising immediately." Although Brown is not a registered lobbyist, speculation is he's using his clients to raise money for his PAC.[11]

Fox News op-ed

Brown wrote an op-ed published on Foxnews.com in December 2013. His op-ed addressed the effects the federal health care law has on New Hampshire. His focus on the effects in New Hampshire is notable. Brown moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts, which he formerly represented in the United States Senate. Brown was defeated in 2012 by Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Speculation was rampant that Brown would be seeking election in 2014 and his increasing political presence in New Hampshire hinted at a future run for office. Speculation proved to be correct, and Brown announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, where he will face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. In his op-ed, he took a veiled shot at Shaheen saying, "Obamacare became the law of the land because every single Democratic senator fell in line with their party bosses and voted for it. For any sitting member of the Senate to somehow now suggest that they are fighting to protect their constituents from this 'trainwreck' is completely hypocritical."[12]

Increasing the debt limit

In a speech to the Nashua Republican City Committee on May 8, 2014, Brown attacked Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen for voting for "every debt ceiling increase." However, his remarks caused some unintended consequences, and the media began going after Brown for being hypocritical, saying that Brown also voted to raise the debt limit on multiple occasions.[13]

Global Digital Solutions Inc.

In September 2013, Scott Brown agreed to join the advisory board of a company in Florida called Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI). During its lifespan, GDSI had gone from a beauty supply company in New Jersey, to a wireless data firm in California, to a firearms manufacturer in Florida. However, there was skepticism as to whether the company had any real product or customers at all. The activity on its website included a list of officers and board members along with a few press releases, but no specifics as to what the company planned to actually produce. As a reward for joining the advisory board, Brown received "1.5 million shares of company stock, worth about $1.3 million when they were granted, or about $690,000 at today’s prices."[14] After various media groups began questioning Brown about the company, Brown cut ties with GDSI on June 4, 2014. He no longer appeared on their website, and according to The Washington Post, he probably did not make any money in the deal.[15]

Elections

2016

During an August 2013 interview with the Boston Herald, Brown disclosed that he was considering a run for president. He stated:

"I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bipartisan problem solver."[16]

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014 and United States Senate elections in New Hampshire, 2014

Brown is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing New Hampshire. Brown is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[17] On March 14, 2014, Brown announced in a speech at a major GOP conference in New Hampshire the launch of his exploratory committee, which allowed him to hire staff and raise money for a Senate run.[2]

Brown skirted the issue in a November 2013 interview with Fox News. He explained they sold their house because it was too big and they wanted to downsize. He downplayed his new PAC explaining, "By law, everybody knows that you need to form a PAC in order to give $1 to anybody. That’s the law. That’s the way it is...With regard to my political future, listen, there’s a role for me. This isn’t about me, it’s about ... letting people know who we are as a party and how we can move forward with a positive message to convince people how to vote for us,” Brown said.[18]

Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Senator said, "I served with Sen. Brown, I have a lot of respect for him. It’s up to him whether he’s going to run. But absolutely he’d be a very strong candidate."[19]

Brown spoke at the New Hampshire GOP holiday party in December 2013, fueling rumors he was still contemplating a run in New Hampshire in 2014.[20] Prior to his speaking engagement, gave the New Hampshire GOP money from his PAC.[11]

On January 7, 2014, a Democratic super PAC-- Senate Majority PAC-- launched an attack ad claiming Brown is a friend of Wall Street and that "he's shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire." The group spent $160,000 to air the ad over a 10 day span. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chair Jennifer Horn argued the ad demonstrates that incumbent Rep. Jeanne Shaheen is "nervous" about her 2014 re-election bid.[21]

Brown was considering a run for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election, but announced August 21, 2013, that he would not enter the race.[22] Brown announced via his Facebook that he has 'been fortunate to have private sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating. These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I want to continue with that process.”[23]

Media

  • On January 7, 2014, the Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, launched an attack ad claiming that Brown is a friend of Wall Street and that "he's shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire." The group is spending $160,000 to air the ad over a 10 day span. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chair Jennifer Horn argued that the ad demonstrates that incumbent Rep. Jeanne Shaheen is "nervous" about her 2014 re-election bid.[24]
  • Brown released his first campaign ad in April 2014.[25]
  • Brown released another campaign ad in May 2014.[26]
  • The Senate Majority PAC released an ad in May 2014 attacking Brown for lobbying against an energy efficiency bill and for running immediately after moving to the district.[27]

Senate Majority PAC ad against Scott Brown

Scott Brown's first 2014 campaign ad

Scott Brown 2014 campaign ad

Senate Majority PAC ad attacking Scott Brown

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Brown ran for re-election in 2012.[28] He ran unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary. Brown lost to Elizabeth Warren (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[29][29] The article noted that Brown had campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[29] might be enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[29]

On July 25, Politico reported that New Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Brown at his Upper East Side townhouse.[30]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Warren 53.3% 1,696,346
     Republican Scott Brown Incumbent 45.8% 1,458,048
     N/A All Others 0.1% 2,159
     N/A Blank Votes 0.9% 27,643
Total Votes 3,184,196
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Polls

Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren
Poll Scott Brown Elizabeth WarrenNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass/Boston Herald (December 1-6, 2011)
42%49%3%6%+/-5.3505
Western NE College (October 17-23, 2011)
47%42%1%10%+/-4.5475
Public Policy Polling (March 16-18, 2012)
46%46%0%8%+/-3.3902
The MassInc Polling Group (July 19-22, 2012)
38%40%1%16%+/-4.4503
Public Policy Polling (August 16-19, 2012)
49%44%0%8%+/-2.91,115
Rasmussen Reports (September 24, 2012)
48%48%1%3%+/-4.5500
AVERAGES 45% 44.83% 1% 8.5% +/-4.15 666.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2010

On January 19, 2010, Brown won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Martha Coakley (D) and Joseph L. Kennedy (L) in the special election.[31]

U.S. Senate Special Election, Massachusetts, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Brown 51.9% 1,168,178
     Democratic Martha Coakley 47.1% 1,060,861
     Libertarian Joseph L. Kennedy 1% 22,388
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 1,155
Total Votes 2,252,582

2008

In 2008, Brown won re-election to the Massachusetts State Senate. He defeated Sara Orozco (D) in the general election.[32]

Massachusetts State Senate District 25 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Brown Incumbent 58.5% 49,795
     Democratic Sara Orozco 41.5% 35,289
Total Votes 85,084

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brown's reports.[33]

Scott Brown (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$0.00$274,728.63$(0.00)$274,728.63
Running totals
$274,728.63$(0)

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Brown lost the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $28,159,602 and spent $35,058,354.[35]

According to an August 2013 Politico report, the race between Brown and Elizabeth Warren was the most expensive Senate race ever. Over $82 million total was spent during the cycle.[36]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Brown's campaign funds before the 2010 special election.

Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $18,272,033 and spent $11,085,821.[37]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts, 2010 - Scott Brown Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $18,272,033
Total Spent $11,085,821
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $9,614,673
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $9,281,311
Top contributors to Scott Brown's campaign committee
FMR Corp$84,150
Liberty Mutual Insurance$36,050
General Electric$26,250
Brait Builders$21,600
Affiliated Managers Group$20,800
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$980,354
Securities & Investment$743,347
Lawyers/Law Firms$422,598
Health Professionals$395,910
Real Estate$368,896

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brown paid his congressional staff a total of $2,554,189 in 2011. He ranks 15th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 51st overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranks 12th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[38]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brown's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $835,106 and $2,250,082. That averages to $1,542,594, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[39]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2012.[40]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Scott Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2011.[41]

Personal

Brown lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Gail. The couple has two daughters.[42]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Washington Post, "Scott Brown is officially running for Senate in New Hampshire," accessed April 2, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 WSBT, "Scott Brown moves closer to Senate run in N.H.," accessed March 17, 2014
  3. iBerkshires, "U.S. Senate Hopeful Warren Stumps in North Adams," accessed February 18, 2012
  4. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  5. GovTrack, "Scott Brown," accessed March 3, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Scott Brown," accessed October 29, 2011
  7. U.S. Senate Official Website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 29, 2011
  8. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  9. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 USA Today "Former lawmakers lobbying jobs" accessed March 27, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Politico, "Democrats want Scott Brown to release client list," accessed December 11, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Scott Brown leans in to New Hampshire Senate run," accessed December 3, 2013
  13. Huffington Post, "Scott Brown Accuses Jeanne Shaheen Of Something He Did, Too," accessed May 13, 2014
  14. The Boston Globe, "Scott Brown got big stake in obscure Florida firm," accessed June 9, 2014
  15. The Washington Post, "Scott Brown’s tenure as adviser to mysterious company worked out poorly for everyone," accessed June 9, 2014
  16. Politico, "Scott Brown on 2016 run: 'I am curious,'" August 19, 2013
  17. USA Today, "Ex-senator Scott Brown thinks about comeback in N.H.," accessed April 5, 2013
  18. Politico, "Brown on political future: There's a role for me," accessed November 4, 2013
  19. Roll Call, "Ayotte: Scott Brown Would Be ‘Very Strong Candidate’ for Senate in N.H.," accessed November 11, 2013
  20. Roll Call, "Scott Brown to Headline New Hampshire GOP Event," accessed December 3, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Senate Majority PAC launches ad hitting Scott Brown" January 8, 2014
  22. Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
  23. Boston Globe, Scott Brown will not run for governor in 2014, August 21, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "Senate Majority PAC launches ad hitting Scott Brown" January 8, 2014
  25. YouTube, "Scott Brown: Listening And Learning," accessed May 8, 2014
  26. YouTube, "Scott Brown: For New Hampshire," accessed May 28, 2014
  27. Roll Call, "Senate Majority PAC Ad Hits Brown on Energy Bill," accessed May 28, 2014
  28. Huffington Post, "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  30. Politico, "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012
  31. Elections Division, State of Massachusetts, "Special Election Results, January 19, 2010"
  32. Massachusetts Elections Division - 2008 General Election Results
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  35. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  36. The Washington Post, "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Scott Brown 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011
  38. LegiStorm, "Scott Brown"
  39. OpenSecrets, "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"
  40. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  42. Official Website, "Biography," accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul G. Kirk
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
2010-2013
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Warren (D)

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