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:
In sum, between 1995 and 2004, at the direction of the Iranian official, Total corruptly made approximately $60 million in bribe payments under the agreements for the purpose of inducing the Iranian official to use his influence in connection with Total’s efforts to obtain and retain lucrative oil rights in the Sirri A and E and South Pars oil and gas fields. Total mischaracterized the unlawful payments as “business development expenses” when they were, in fact, bribes designed to corruptly influence a foreign official. Further, Total failed to implement effective internal accounting controls, permitting the consulting agreements’ true nature and true participants to be concealed and thereby failing to maintain accountability for assets.
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.
2:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two GOP Senate candidates in blue states are running new TV advertisementss knocking their Democratic opponents over immigration. In Michigan, Republican Terri Lynn Land's campaign has released an ad knocking Democratic congressman Gary Peters for "flip-flopping" on border enforcement and being "two-faced on immigration."
10:25 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has a new ad targeting what the Republican calls the Democrats' "pro-amnesty policies." The 30-second spot, among the first in the 2014 cycle to address the illegal immigration crisis on the border, features the former Massachusetts senator juxtaposing the security lines at airports and public events with the lack of security at the Mexican border.
"We have an immigration crisis on our hands. We respond with compassion, but it's time for us to secure the border once and for all," Brown says. Watch the ad below:
12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.
1:32 PM, May 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen says Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that has kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian girls from their families and forced them to convert to Islam, should not be confused with Islam. The Democrat made the point in a Thursday hearing.
One of the hearing's witnesses, State Department official Robert Jackson, prompted Shaheen's comment when he argued that "Boko Haram's philosophy is not an Islamist philosophy."
3:12 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll released Thursday found New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen with an eight-point lead over her Republican challenger for the Senate, Scott Brown. The survey of registered voters, conducted by Democratic polling firm PPP on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, found 49 percent would support Shaheen, the first-term incumbent, with 41 percent supporting Brown.
9:02 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Any Democrat interested in running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination is, at present, reduced to waiting to see what Hillary will do, and isn’t the suspense just about too much to bear.
There is one potential candidate, however, who is making some moves and seems to believe that it would be a service to his party if he were to challenge Mrs. Clinton in the primaries.
9:29 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown leads incumbent Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire by five points in a recent poll obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The poll, commissioned by the Republican Governor's Association, was conducted on March 19 and 20 and asked 600 likely voters in New Hampshire who they would vote for in the U.S. Senate election. Respondents were given both Brown and Shaheen's names and their respective parties.
6:38 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who defeated Republican Scott Brown in 2012, has sent out a fundraising email to encourage supporters to donate to New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown announced Friday he is forming an exploratory committee to run against Shaheen for her U.S. Senate seat. Warren's email urges people to "beat Scott Brown again."
Read the email below:
4:49 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Scott Brown is officially exploring a run for U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire, he announced today. "I’m going to stop complaining and get involved again. So I am announcing that I have formed an exploratory committee to prepare a campaign for the U.S. Senate," Brown will say at a New Hampshire Republican gathering, according to prepared remarks sent out by his explorator committee.
1:13 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A poll of New Hampshire voters from Purple Strategies shows how the various potential presidential candidates are faring two years before the traditional first primary. But of more immediate concern is the 2014 race for the U.S.
9:59 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A free-market group has launched television ads in three states whose Democratic senators are up for reelection this year, targeting those senators for their support for Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity released 30-second ads on Monday in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Louisiana that criticize Democratic senators who voted for Obamacare in 2010 and are facing reelection for the first time since those votes.
1:02 PM, Dec 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Americans for Prosperity has two new ads targeting House Democrats in swing districts, both of which make the case that Obamacare "doesn't work" and should be repealed. The first ad, running in New Hampshire, tells Democratic congresswoman Annie Kuster to "stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people." Watch it below: