Shaheen Invests In 'Big Oil' While Knocking Brown's Ties
8:20 AM, Aug 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is hitting her likely opponent for the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown, in a new TV ad over the Republican's ties to "Big Oil"—even while Shaheen invests in energy companies herself.
The 30-second spot from Shaheen's campaign says Brown, while representing Massachusetts in the Senate, voted to give companies in the oil industry "$20 billion in taxpayer subsidies."
"Big Oil gave Scot Brown thousands of dollars within days of his votes," the voiceover continues. Watch the ad below:
Brown's votes, in 2011 and 2012, were against bills that would have ended tax subsidies for energy exploration. Nearly every Senate Republican voted against ending those subsidies, and even some Democrats, like Mary Landrieu and Mark Begich, joined the GOP on those votes.
Shaheen, meanwhile, invests in some of the same oil companies her ad decries as "Big Oil." On her 2013 financial disclosure forms for the U.S. Senate, Shaheen reports her husband is invested in a mutual fund called Thornburg Value R5, an investment worth up to $100,000. The fund invests in a few oil and gas companies, including Chevron, Inpex (a Japanese firm), Weatherford International, and a French energy corporation called Total SA.
Total is notable in that the firm was charged by American and French authorities last year over an "international bribery scheme" related to the company's attempts to enter the Iranian oil market. According to the Justice Department, Total bribed an Iranian official in exchange for access to oil fields in that country to use for development. The company agreed to pay over $245 million in fines to the U.S. government as part of a penalty deal. Here's more from Justice:
The Shaheen ad suggests the Democrat may sense the race between herself and Brown is tightening. After trailing considerably in the polls for several months, Brown has now found himself within striking distance. One recent poll found Shaheen leading Brown by just two points after the Republican ramped up his attacks on President Obama's immigration record—and Shaheen's closeness with the president.
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