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Democratic candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren is criticizing her Republican opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, for voting against disclosure of corporate contributions to political ads.
Netroots Nation is an annual gathering of liberal activists. At this year's conference in Providence, Warren is one of the big stars. People flocked to the stage to take pictures of her when she addressed the crowd Friday. It was Warren's fist public appearance before a large audience since she won the endorsement of Massachusetts Democrats at their convention last weekend. Her voice was hoarse.
"You guys are going to have to live through my voice here," she said. "I apologize. It was not the convention that did it to me. It was the parties!"
She criticized her opponent for voting against legislation that would have forced corporate CEOs to appear in political ads funded by their companies.
"The guy I'm running against, Scott Brown, was the deciding vote to kill the disclosure act last year," Warren said as the crowd booed Brown. "The one thing we could have done."
The vote was actually two years ago. Brown explained at the time that he opposed the legislation because it did not apply equally to labor unions.
"Rather than reform our campaign finance laws and provide increased transparency," Brown wrote earlier that year to the League of Women Voters and other sponsors of the legislation, "the DISCLOSE Act advances the agenda of the majority party and special interests in an effort to gain a tactical and political advantage little more than 100 days before an election."
This program aired on June 8, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.
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