In an August 6th press release, the Jim Rubens campaign exposed the connection between Wall Street campaign contributions and how Senators Shaheen and Brown voted to fatten up Wall Street banks. This was done while putting the U.S. economy at further risk of collapse and hurting small businesses in New Hampshire.
Brown, in particular, was rewarded handsomely, receiving over $3 million in campaign contributions from Wall Street, the most of any senator in the nation.
Brown's campaign has largely avoided addressing this, feeling that New Hampshire voters simply didn't care whether Brown is more interested in catering to the special interests that are pouring money into his campaign than the people of our state.
However, over the weekend, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll came out, showing that 73% of New Hampshire Republican voters listed "a candidate committed to fighting crony capitalism" as a strong or very strong reason for voting for him or her. That same poll showed that Rubens has cut Brown's lead in half.
This prompted a letter from Colin Reed, Scott Brown's campaign manager, threatening legal action against Larry Lessig for calling Brown a lobbyist. Larry Lessig's Mayday PAC is supporting Jim Rubens' campaign to oust career politicians who trade campaign money for votes.
As the law requires, we can't get involved with the discussion of whether or not Scott Brown working for a "Law and Lobbying Firm" after leaving the Senate qualifies technically as a lobbyist.
However, this much is clear: Scott Brown's too cozy relationship with special interests is a problem for voters. This hostile reaction from Brown's campaign show he's clearly worried about Tuesday's primary election. Reed himself admitted to the race tightening inhis memo on Thursday, comparing this race to the 2010 Senate race that was decided by less than 2%.
Jim Rubens has pledged not to become a lobbyist after leaving office and raised this as an issue since the beginning of his campaign. Voters who are fed up with crony capitalism and senators more worried about special interests than the people they represent, will have a chance on Tuesday to have their voice heard.