Friday, December 17, 2010

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: Scott Brown's Wall Street Friends

Senator Brown's Friends: CJR's Liz Cox Barrett has tip of the hat to The Boston Globe for piecing together, from reports filed by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., a surge in his donations from interested parties as the fate of the Wall Street regulatory overhaul hung in the balance and Brown used the leverage of his swing vote to win key concessions sought by firms. 

From mid-June until the Fourth of July, according to the Globe analysis , the Massachusetts senator took in $140,000 from banks and investment firms and their executives. That is 400 percent more than the $28,000 received on average by all Republican senators during the same three weeks. No connection between politics and policy, says a Brown spokesperson. 



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