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Brown demands PAC cease 'lobbyist' claim

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 07. 2014 7:51PM

This Mayday PAC mailer calls Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown a “Washington lobbyist.” 

Scott Brown is demanding Harvard University professor Lawrence Lessig cease a Mayday PAC mailer calling him a “Washington lobbyist.”

Brown campaign manager Colin Reed sent a letter Sunday to Lessig, a co-founder of the Super PAC that supports Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate, with the request. If Mayday PAC continues to use the mailer, Reed writes, “we are leaving all our legal options on the table.”

Lessig, on his Tumblr account, responded with a quote from Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry”: “Go ahead. Make my day.”

Brown, a lawyer, went to work for the law firm of Nixon Peabody after losing his U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Lessig, in response, cited a story in The Hill that the law firm hired Brown to concentrate on “business and governmental affairs as they relate to the financial services industry as well as on commercial real estate matters.”

Brown is not, nor has he ever been, a lobbyist, according to Reed, who calls the mailer’s assertion a “flat-out lie.”

An excerpt from Reed’s letter to Lessig: “Your willingness to trample the truth for your own partisan political agenda has added to the coarseness of our politics. Using the veneer of Harvard University and your position as the Faculty Director of Harvard’s Center for Ethics to lend you credibility, you have turned your Super PAC — which you publicly stated was formed to fight the existence of Super PACs — into just one more negative message that exists to launch unethical and untrue attacks.”

Reed goes on to write that Lessig’s actions violate Harvard University’s code of conduct, in that students and faculty alike are directed to “search for truth and knowledge.”

The Rubens campaign offered no comment on the mailer. “We don’t have anything to do with it,” Brian Tilton, a Rubens spokesman, said. “That’s between them and the Mayday PAC.”

Brown, Rubens and former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH) are the three top Republicans seeking their party’s nomination on Tuesday. The GOP nominee faces U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the general election.

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