Concord, NH – Scott Brown’s announcement on WMUR’s CloseUp that he made a decision to run for the Senate on Valentine’s Day—February 14th, 2014 – raises potential legal questions. The revelation on this morning’s program suggests that he decided to run for office a full five days before he renewed his contract with FOX News and continued cashing in on his lucrative deal as a political pundit.
If Brown did in fact make a decision on February 14th, reports also show that he spent almost a full month dishonestly claiming that he had not in fact made a decision, and skirting FEC regulations that would have triggered filing requirements.
“If Scott Brown really decided to run for New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate seat on Valentine’s Day, that means that he spent the next five weeks not being truthful with New Hampshire voters, and possibly skirted FEC regulations,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “This revelation raises serious questions that Brown must answer—from Day One, Brown hasn’t been straight with the people of New Hampshire, and this latest news suggests that Brown’s self-serving interests could have resulted in the violation of federal regulations. Scott Brown should come clean.”
Below is a timeline of events:
February 14, 2014: Brown decided to run for New Hampshire’s Senate seat on Valentine’s Day [WMUR, 4/27/14]
February 19, 2014: Scott Brown’s contract with Fox News was renewed [Politico, 2/19/14]. And Fox News typically suspends contracts with contributors after they decide to run for office. [Politico, 4/27/14]
March 3, 2014: Brown claimed he “will make a decision in due time.” [Union Leader, 3/3/14]
March 3, 2014: Brown claimed Democratic ads attacking him have made him think about getting in the New Hampshire Senate race [Politico, 3/3/14]
March 3, 2014: Brown told Politico that Democrats “keep running these negative ads and crushing my integrity and distorting my votes and the like — almost antagonizing me, challenging me to get in,’ Brown told POLITICO. ‘Had they left me alone, I may feel a bit different. But they didn’t.’” [Politico, 3/3/14]
March 4, 2014: Greta Van Susteren tweeted that Scott Brown was running in New Hampshire, which Brown immediately called untrue [Politico, 3/4/14]
March 10, 2014: Brown told a guest of his at an upcoming GOP dinner that he was "leaning" towards running. [The Hill, 3/10/14]
March 14, 2014: Brown Launches Senate Bid and his contract with Fox News is terminated. [Washington Post, “Post Politics” Blog, 3/14/14] [Fox News,3/14/14]
March 21, 2014: Brown filed his statement of candidacy with the FEC. [FEC, Scott Brown Statement of Candidacy, Filed 3/21/14]