Senate Democratic PAC Attacks Republican for Vote PAC-Backed Democrats Cast

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, at the U.S. Capitol.

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, at the U.S. Capitol.

The Senate Majority PAC is up in New Hampshire with a new 30-second commercial calling out Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown for his ties to the oil and gas industry.

It’s pretty standard fare, except this: The ad, funded by a group aligned with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, hits Brown for a vote that some of the most vulnerable members of Reid’s caucus also took.

In the commercial, a narrator accuses Brown of “carrying some Big Oil baggage” and says Brown is “out for himself and Big Oil, at our expense.”

Those claims are supported by Brown’s vote against the “Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act.” It was a mostly party line tally on a procedural motion.

But look who else voted with Brown and with “Big Oil”: Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska. Both face difficult re-elections and are getting support from the Senate Majority PAC even though they are carrying the exact same “Big Oil baggage.”

The Senate Majority PAC has put $1.5 million behind Landrieu — despite her vote, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Landrieu, from an oil-producing state, defended her position at the time telling the New York Times: ”Why are we harming an industry — five large oil and gas companies that work internationally, that employ 9.2 million people in the United States directly?”

Ty Matsdorf, a spokesman for the Senate Majority PAC, declined to answer questions about why the PAC is attacking Brown for a vote that two other senators it supports took.

They’ve supported Begich a little less directly. The Senate Majority PAC is the largest contributor to Put Alaska First, a superPAC run by political consultant Jim Lottsfeldt that supports Begich.

Perhaps Brown will get a check next.


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