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NH Senate candidate Brown releases tax records

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 20. 2014 7:28PM

MANCHESTER — U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown reported $474,080 in income for 2013, a sharp drop from the year before when he represented Massachusetts in the Senate, according records released by his campaign Friday.

Brown’s campaign provided tax records filed by Brown and his wife from 2006 through 2013, making the lengthy reports available at his campaign office downtown Manchester on Friday afternoon.

The campaign also released a financial disclosure form filed with the Senate Ethics Committee, covering last year and payments he has received to date in 2014.

Brown announced the release during a debate with fellow Republican candidates Bob Smith and Jim Rubens taped Friday morning and to air Sunday on WMUR.

According to the tax records, Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, had a total income of $474,080 in 2013, down from the $602,887 the couple reported the year before. Brown’s business income of $371,988 was bolstered significantly by sales of his biography, “Against All Odds,” published in 2011.

The joint income for 2011 was $510,856 and $839,520 in 2010, according to the tax forms.

Brown campaign manager Colin Reed in a statement that the candidate and his wife were “going above and beyond” what the law required and “committed to transparency,” although access to the detailed records was limited to Friday. No copies were allowed to be made or leave the office.

Brown won a special election in 2010 to serve out the remaining term of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. Brown lost his reelection bid against Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012 and listed various business interests in 2013, including public speaking engagements and a regular role as a commentator on Fox News.

The network paid him $108,173 in 2013 and $28,365 in 2014 before he announced his candidacy in New Hampshire, where he moved his family to its seacoast home in Rye.

Brown took a moment away from his debate among the GOP hopefuls Friday with a challenge to U.S. Sen. Jeanne, the Democratic incumbent whoever wins the Republican primary will challenge.

Shaheen said two weeks ago that if he released his tax returns she would release hers, which her campaign said Friday was in the plans. “The senator said she would release her tax returns and she will,” said Harrell Kirstein, communications director for Shaheen’s campaign. “We are readying the returns now and hope to have them available for review soon.”

Smith said he would consider releasing tax returns but was not prepared to decide Friday.

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