Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), the man who replaced Ted Kennedy, is locked in a heated battle with Elizabeth Warren (consumer advocate and thorn in the side of Wall Street). One would think that he’d do everything in his power to appeal to the Massachussetts people for re-election, but the opposite is true.
According to Sunlight Foundation’s Political Party Time database, Brown has held 30 D.C. fundraisers and exactly zero Massachusetts town hall meetings. He must need those corporate dollars far more than he needs the support of the people.
In 2011, the D.C. lobbying firm Patton Boggs, whose clients include Wal-Mart, Northrop Grumman, Citigroup, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Goldman Sachs, amongst many others, hosted a fundraiser for Scott Brown. You know, because the Walton family, defense contractors, pharmaceutical companies and banks really need that much more access. Granted, in 2011 Brown was still new to the whole game of bowing to the corporate masters. They taught him well.
Brown must have so enjoyed the fundraising and the access to corporate representatives (for future employment perhaps) that he found the Massachusetts people virtually irrelevant. That Brown hasn’t held a single town hall meeting is astonishing in the extreme.
That’s democracy, folks: invitation-only events, not open access to an elected official for all. If you’ve got enough money, Scott Brown is your man.