Scott Brown on Government Reform

Republican Jr Senator


Motor Voter registration "outrageous"; it helps Democrats

The National Voter Registration Act requires states to offer people the chance to register to vote when they get a driver's license, which is why the law is usually called "Motor Voter." But since not everyone gets a driver's license--especially the disabled, elderly, and urban poor--the same law required states to invite people to register to vote when they applied for social services, such as veteran's benefits, food stamps, or Medicaid. That's where Massachusetts had dropped the ball.

Massachusetts was finally mailing out half a million voter registration cards. In early August, Scott Brown issued a furious statement calling the state's mailing "outrageous."

Okay, people can laugh and say I'm hopelessly naive, but this issue is a direct shot at democracy. In many states, the Republicans have made voter suppression a regular part of their arsenal, chipping away at early voting. African American voting, Latino voting, immigrant voting, student voting, you-name-it voting.

Source: A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren, p.251 , Apr 22, 2014

No pledge to limit outside PAC contributions

Scott Brown blasted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's challenge to limit outside spending in the New Hampshire Senate race as "self-serving and hypocritical." Brown said Shaheen and other Democratic outside groups have already been running ads against him for months

Brown made clear he thought the offer was a stunt. "It's hard to view Jeanne Shaheen's actions as anything other than hypocritical and self-serving," he said in a statement. "The people of New Hampshire can see through the Washington-style game she is playing."

Shaheen on Saturday sent a letter to Brown asking him to sign the "People's Pledge," an identical document to the one he agreed to while running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2012. Shaheen says outside Republican-aligned groups have outspent Democrats in the state by three to one, totaling $1.5 million. The pledge aims to take away the incentive for independent expenditure groups, individuals and Super-PACs from spending in the race to either oppose or support a candidate.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race , Mar 15, 2014

Leader on addressing waste, fraud, and abuse

Q. What are your views on reform issues?

A. Government needs to be reformed so that it is more transparent and effective for the American people. Senator Brown led an effort to provide Americans with a "taxpayer receipt" that would give them more information about where their tax dollars are spent. He is also the lead sponsor of a bill that bans "insider trading" among Members of Congress and their staffs because he believes that Congress should have to operate under the same rules as the rest of the country. Senator Brown has also been a leader in the Senate on addressing waste, fraud, and abuse. He has conducted thorough oversight of government agencies that have not acted as proper stewards of the taxpayer's money.

Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire with Scott Brown's staff , Nov 22, 2011

Let president decide on nominees

Q: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said over the weekend that the president should not nominate Ben Bernanke to another four year term [as Federal Reserve chair]; because it's on Ben Bernanke's watch that all this bad stuff that's happened to the economy. What do you think?

A: I think it's up to the president to determine who's behind him and working with him. And I'll leave that decision [to the president].

Source: NECN Good Morning Live interviews on 2009 MA Senate race , Nov 30, 2009

Campaign disclosure but no donation limits

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates: Individual?

A: No.


A: No.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Q: Political Parties?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support using state tax revenue to fund the Clean Elections public financing law?

A: Undecided.

Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks.

Brown signed H.R.5258& S.3335

    The website shall be comprised of a database including the following information, in searchable format, for each earmark:
  1. The fiscal year in which the item would be funded.
  2. The number of the bill or joint resolution for which the request is made, if available.
  3. The amount of the initial request made by the Member of Congress.
  4. The amount approved by the committee of jurisdiction.
  5. The amount carried in the bill or joint resolution (or accompanying report) as passed.
  6. The name of the department or agency, and the account or program, through which the item will be funded.
  7. The name and the State or district of the Member of Congress who made the request.
  8. The name and address of the intended recipient.
  9. The type of organization (public, private nonprofit, or private for profit entity) of the intended recipient.
  10. The project name, description, and estimated completion date.
  11. A justification of the benefit to taxpayers.
  12. Whether the request is for a continuing project and if so, when funds were first appropriated for such project.
  13. A description, if applicable, of all non-Federal sources of funding.
  14. Its current status in the legislative process
Source: Earmark Transparency Act 10-HR5258 on May 11, 2010

Sponsored banning stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge.

Brown sponsored STOCK Act

Congressional Summary:Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act): Amends the Securities Exchange Act and the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit purchase or sale of either securities or commodities by a person in possession of material nonpublic information regarding pending or prospective legislative action.

Bill explanation (ProCon.org, "Insider Trading by Congress", Feb. 3, 2012):

Source: H1148/S1871 11-S1871 on Nov 15, 2011

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