Watchdog Slams New Scott Brown Attack on Voting Rights of Welfare Recipients

Washington, D.C.—National campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement on Senator Scott Brown’s disgusting attack on efforts to get people on welfare to vote.

“Scott Brown doesn't want low income Massachusetts residents to register to vote and exercise their right to participate in elections—apparently because they are neither sources of votes or cash for his campaign,” said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “Massachusetts voters would be right to wonder if Scott Brown wants elections of, by, and for the funders or of, by, and for the voters.”

A provision of the 1993 National Voting Rights Act requires state agencies to offer voter registration forms to those accessing public services. Respected think-tank Demos has filed lawsuits in Massachusetts—and several other states—for violating this law. Under the settlement reached in Massachusetts, the state agreed to contact nearly 500,000 welfare recipients urging them to register to vote. The Scott Brown campaign responded to a story in the Boston Herald campaign today, criticizing the decision as a waste of taxpayer money and a move to increase Elizabeth Warren's chances in the election.

“If Scott Brown doesn’t think the government should be helping people to register to vote, then what does he want the government to do? From his recent votes, it appears just to protect the wealthy from paying their fair share and tax breaks for oil companies—the donors funding his campaign,” said Donnelly.

Recently, Scott Brown voted against the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would bring transparency to the secret money funding our elections. He has also refused to sign on as a cosponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act, similar to a policy he once supported in Massachusetts, the Clean Elections law.

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Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonpartisan group advocating comprehensive change in our campaign finance laws and works to hold politicians accountable. Learn more at www.campaignmoney.org.