NextGen connects Scott Brown to Koch brothers, oil interests

NextGen Climate released an advertising campaign Thursday aimed at linking New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown to billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch and the oil industry.

NextGen, backed by billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, takes advantage of Brown’s former position representing Massachusetts in the Senate to paint him as coming from out of state. It is the first campaign from the group in the New Hampshire race.

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“Out-of-state oilmen like the Koch brothers are spending millions to elect out-of-state politician Scott Brown to our Senate seat,” the voiceover says in the TV ad. “Brown voted to protect tax giveaways for big oil, which is polluting our air and water.”

The campaign also includes radio and Web ads.

All the ads refer to the state’s maple syrup industry, contrasting tapping into maple trees with drilling for oil.

“As a senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted to protect billions in tax giveaways for big oil while accepting more campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry than all but two U.S. senators,” NextGen said in a statement announcing the ads.

“Brown has received support from the Koch brothers and other Big Oil special interests because they know they can count on him to continue protecting huge tax breaks for oil companies, and to oppose clean air and clean water protections,” the group said.

Brown is challenging Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for her seat.