During one of the final debates before his election, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) told Massachusetts voters that the seat he was running for was “not the Kennedy’s seat, it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.” Watch it:
Yet while he’s avoided taking open meetings with his constituents, there’s one sort of event he has never shied away from: Washington, D.C. fundraisers.
Since he’s been elected Brown has had at least thirty fundraisers in the city (including two today), according to the Sunlight Foundation’s Political Party Time database. Many of these fundraisers feature elite lobbyists from various lobbying firms and corporations. Here’s a sampling:
- Patton Boggs: Brown was in office for less than a month before he appeared at Patton Boggs, a massive D.C. lobbying firm with around 600 employees. Its clients range from weapons makers like Northrop Grumman to oil companies like Shell Oil to for-profit colleges.
- The Washington Tax Group: When corporations want special favors and tax treatment, they go to this lobbying outfit, which brags on its website that it specializes “in the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory solutions” for corporations. In May of last year, Brown attended a fundraiser hosted in part by Jan Fowler, its director. The lobbying group has powerful clients including Pfizer and Monsanto.
- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB): The NAB — a notoriously powerful lobby of broadcasters that has worked to crush small media outlets like low-power radio stations — hosted a fundraiser in D.C. for Brown this past June. For $2,500 a piece, political action committees were invited to co-host the event.
These are just three examples from the thirty D.C. fundraisers Scott Brown held while he consistently avoided holding even a single open town hall for any of his constituents to come to.
It appears that there’s one way to get Brown’s attention: be a lobbyist for a powerful corporation and offer him some campaign cash.