Scott Brown defends Big Oil

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Sen. Brown asking for money from David Koch, billionaire owner of energy giant Koch Industries
At a town hall meeting Monday night, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass) would not take cuts to Medicare or Social Security off the table in the ongoing battle over deficit reduction--but he had no problem defending wasteful subsidies for oil companies. From the Boston Globe:

"Would you be willing to support closing tax loopholes on big oil? …Would you be willing to raise revenue on the wealthiest 1 percent?”

Brown said he had voted to close some loopholes, such as a tax subsidy for ethanol. But he said he was not inclined to support any more taxes. “We’re in a 2 ½- to 3-year recession right now, and raising taxes is an absolute job killer,” he said.

In the first six months of this year, Sen. Brown received $21,000 from the political action committees of oil companies, according to our analysis of Federal Elections Commission data. That includes $10,000 from Koch Industries PAC, $5,000 from Chevron, $5,000 from ExxonMobil, and $1,000 from ConocoPhillips. Those numbers don't include contributions from individual oil company executives or their lobbyists. During his short time in Congress, Brown has received $118,000 from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

It's unclear how much campaign cash Brown has received from Medicare recipients.