Scott Brown on Corporations

Republican Jr Senator


Dubbed one of Wall Street's Favorite Congressmen

Unlike me, Scott Brown had grown up in MA. He was a longtime member of the National Guard, and over the years he had risen to the rank of colonel. He was well-liked and handsome. He had developed a reputation as a moderate and bipartisan Republican, he had high approval ratings, and he already had nearly $10 million in the bank. He has been dubbed one of "Wall Street's Favorite Congressmen," with all the promise of future fund-raising that the title implied.

When MA held its special election shortly after Senator Kennedy's death, Brown had beaten Martha Coakley, a popular attorney general who was well known and had strong support across the state. A lot of people were downright nasty in their criticism of Martha after her loss, but even her critics acknowledged the exceptionally strong political skills of Scott Brown. After years of quiet backbenching in the state legislature, he had swept through MA politics like a gale-force wind.

Source: A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren, p.209 , Apr 22, 2014

AdWatch: Loosened financial reform regulations

Scott Brown isn't running for Senate in New Hampshire--so far--but an ad against him is. The Senate Majority PAC, supporting incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, begins airing an ad today portraying Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, as a friend of Wall Street and big banks.

The ad, which the PAC says will run for 10 days, hits Brown for successfully supporting the elimination of fees on banks in the Dodd-Frank financial reform regulation of 2010 and for supporting exceptions to the "Volcker rule," which prohibits banks from making certain investments with their capital.

Brown "delivered for Wall Street, saving big banks $19 billion in taxes,'' the ad says, and "wrote legislation that would help big banks make risky investments. That's good for Wall Street and great for Scott Brown, but it doesn't make sense for New Hampshire.''

The ad also calls Brown "the senator from Massachusetts'' three times, just in case anyone in New Hampshire has forgotten.

Source: USA Today AdWatch on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race , Jan 8, 2014

Voted NO on Defeating corporate tax disclosure

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part IV: Economic Growth:A Healthy Business Environment. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Would study corporate tax disclosure, defeating measure to implement it. The vote is to amend Section 470 of the FY04 budget (New Section 457a) to establish a special commission on taxation, consisting of 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans. The Commission will make its recommendations in January 2004 [hence postponing the disclosure rule until the next fiscal year].

Relevant section of platform:PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: A Healthy Business Environment: "We support monitoring the costs of doing business in the Commonwealth, so that companies can grow and compete while still meeting their obligations to workers and the community."

Source citation: Bill H.4000 Section 470 ; vote number 69

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org , May 1, 2003

Voted YES on Extending corporate tax credit 5 years

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part IV: Economic Growth:A Healthy Business Environment. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

Would extend corporate tax credit 5 years. Vote was on an amendment to the FY04 Budget, Outside Section 165, changing the limit on corporate tax credits from 14 years to 19 years. The corporate tax credit is in MGL 63-31a, which allows an excise tax credit for manufacturing companies on leased equipment.

Relevant section of platform:PART IV: ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS & SECURITY: A Healthy Business Environment: "We support tax incentives for business when accompanied by commitments to good corporate citizenship and enforceable terms assuring continued investment in Massachusetts."

Source citation: Bill H.4000 Section 165 ; vote number 71

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org , May 1, 2003

Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record.

Brown scores 14% by UFCW on labor-management issues

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is North America's Neighborhood Union--1.3 million members with UFCW locals in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Our members work in supermarkets, drug stores, retail stores, meatpacking and meat processing plants, food processing plants, and manufacturing workers who make everything from fertilizer to shoes. We number over 60,000 strong with 25,000 workers in chemical production and 20,000 who work in garment and textile industries.

    The UFCW Senate scorecard is based on these key votes:
  1. American Jobs Act (+)
  2. Balanced Budget Amendment (-)
  3. Rejecting Cut, Cap, and Balance (+)
  4. Repeal Health Care Law (-)
  5. Sen. Am. 14 Wicker Am. to S 223, excluding unionization at TSA (-)
  6. Sen. Am. 740 McCain Am. to HR 2112, defunding TAA (-)
  7. Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act (TAA) (+)
Source: UFCW website 12-UFCW-S on May 2, 2012

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