Scott Brown Mining Granite in Search of ‘People’s Seat’

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Offices of Sen. Scott Brown in Washington, DC in this 2011 file photo.

Massachusetts’s one-time (and one third of a term) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has registered his People’s Seat political action committee in New Hampshire, unleashing another round of speculation that he plans to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014.

Filing PAC papers in New Hampshire means that Brown, who turned 54 last month, will be able to spend money politicking in the Granite State.

His account contains $187,089.75, according to the latest Federal Election Commission reports. About $20,000 of the money he raised during the past three months came from renting his supporter list to political outfits, including one organization based in Dublin, New Hampshire, called Granite Lists. The group, in turn, rents political lists to other groups, according to its website.

The New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial board argued in September that every time Brown puts his toes in the New Hampshire waters, Shaheen is able to raise more money for her own re-election effort — while the state’s Republican Party sits on its hands waiting for his signal. The editorial board instructed him to “make his intentions clear or turn his big, brown eyes elsewhere.”

And, true to form, the disclosure that Brown has registered the PAC prompted a fundraising email from Shaheen.

“We just learned that he has now registered his Political Action Committee in New Hampshire. His next step? Yet another campaign tour of our state?” Shaheen e-mailed, according to the State News Service in Massachusetts. “Brown is sending us a $187,000 signal that he’s ready to run against us. Will you be there to help me fight back?”


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