Schumer: I Offered Scott Brown a Deal on Political Donor Bill

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Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 03:35 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer says he tried to strike a deal with former Sen. Scott Brown in 2012, promising not to "go after" the Massachusetts Republican if he supported the Disclose Act to require companies and interest groups to reveal their political contributions.

House Democrats passed the legislation in 2010 after the Supreme Court eased limits on corporate donations in its Citizens United decision, but the bill fell one vote short in the Senate.

"I went to Scott Brown and said, 'If you give us the 60th vote for the Citizens United rollback, we won't go after you,'" Schumer, of New York, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005 to 2009, told The New Republic.

"I spent a lot of time lobbying him, and met some of his friends and had them lobby him. He said yes. Then he said no. So I wanted to recruit the strongest candidate against him, and I thought that was Elizabeth Warren," he said.

As it turned out, Warren beat Brown by 7 percentage points in November 2012.

Brown, who is considering a 2014 run for the Senate in New Hampshire, dismissed Schumer's remarks, telling the Washington Post, "As the most partisan person in Washington, it's difficult to take anything that Chuck Schumer says seriously."

"With people like Chuck Schumer running the Senate, it's no wonder the American people hold Congress in such low regard. He and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate are the problem," he said.

"Fortunately for voters, next year we get a chance to replace these Schumer acolytes with fresh, new leadership," Brown said.

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