Skip to comments.Scott Brown’s daughter paid thousands to sing at campaign events
Posted on 02/04/2012 1:15:43 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
Campaign finance documents show that Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown's re-election campaign has paid his daughter Ayla Brown $9,500 for performing at three campaign events. The three paid events, listed as payments to Ambient Entertainment LLC, go back to December 2010 and include a pair of Christmas parties. Ayla Brown is a former "American Idol" contestant whose band has performed at several events with her father, going back to his first 2010 U.S. Senate campaign to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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She is a professional singer. She has to perform for free to satisfy acolytes of multi-millionaire Elizabeth Warren?
Are either of the words 'had' or 'was' taboo or something?''
I’ll start to get concerned as soon as the RATS start questioning Moochelle about her jaunt to Spain with a few hundred “close friends,” staff, and SS personnel.
Ahh yes, Ayla Brown.. I remember her from the season that produced Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, Katharine Mcphee and Kellie Pickler.
She almost made the top 12 by a hair. Losing by a few votes.
No foul here. Candidates have a lot of flexibility in use of campaign funds, and if anyone thinks this is a first, think again. Many Rs and Ds employ family members (Bay Buchanan and numerous Kennedy spawn come to mind).
- and worth every penny:
As Brown said in an interview, the campaign didn’t pay for just Ayla but also her band members and pretty much had to due to campaign financing rules.
There were plenty of warnings to look at his record, before crowning him savior of the Republican party. Pretty darn liberal. I am ashamed the party was suckered in to electing him. Clearly a corrupto-crat. A clear warning of to critically examine any conservative, especially a Massachusetts conservative.
Definitely underpaid, the kid can sing.
At least she sang for her money, how many family member of how many politicians are carried on the books and do nothing.
I have no problem with this at all. He’s gettig her for cheap at that price, since she’s actually got some chops. And if I remember correctly, our beloved Palin family took a nice long family vacation last year using her PAC money, all legal under the law.
The only thing I have a problem with are Scott Brown’s votes...
While frankly I would have thought she’d have been glad to donate her performance to her dad’s road show, still this is technically kosher if it was in the ballpark of what she would get for a normal stage performance. It’s a flea bite affair compared to Scott’s disturbingly lax attitude towards more important issues like abortion (I know I know, the Rat alternative would be far worse, and sometimes we have to hold our noses and vote for the half-bad alternative to a wholly-bad contender).
No big deal. My gosh I am sure that the Romney boys are being paid six figure salaries. Although Gingrich daughter’s are not singing, you can bet they are being paid for helping their dad. I don’t believe Paul is paying his son (he has a job anyway). Santorum’s kids are too young, but you can bet if they were over 18, he would be paying his kids too. I don’t have a single problem with this at all. Now if he would just start voting completely conservative every single vote, I would be really happy with him.
I just got a “give me money” from his campaign. I plan to send 2 cent, in money order form (yes the mo costs more, hence my sending it) and give him my 2 cent worth.
Is she so bad she had to pay people to listen?
Heaven forbid a musician should actually get paid for his/her work! Glad some people understand. ;>)
Yes she can!
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To get any Republican at all into the long Kennedy warmed Massachusetts’ people’s seat, was a moderate miracle. Liberals are perfectly content with incremental winbacks because they know where they eventually go. Scott Brown is a stepping stone, not a destination. Scott Brown would not have been countenanced out of a less liberal state having more and better GOP choices.
I remember her now!
I was pulling for her to win and felt she should have!
Didn’t remember her being Scott Brown’s daughter though.
I’m still on Scott’s bandwagon - it’s either that or let Elizabeth Warren replace him.
Scott Brown is scummy, so I oppose him on general principle... but... what the heck??
Randy, I think Scott was still in the Mass Legislature then and ran for the US Senate after she had been voted off American Idol
I love her singing and while Scott has ticked me off at times he has raised two fine daughters.
Sure. Even if a candidate loses their kids can get 6 figure salaries paid by campaign contributors and walk away from the loss with a smile. I can see why people would have no problem with that, especially since it's so pervasive you don't even care any more.
We here in the NE are screwed. We must decide between a traitor or an outright enemy.
I choose the outright enemy.
She’s got Roseanne Barr beat all to heck.
Corruption.. a family tradition for some from way back when snake oil salesmen discovered the keys to the US Treasury.
“While frankly I would have thought shed have been glad to donate her performance to her dads road show”
Campaign finance laws require that she be paid fair value for any services that exceed $2400.
For example, U2 can not perform for free at an 100 dollar per person Elizabeth Warren fundraiser. It is called “a contribution in kind”.
A car dealer can not give Scott Brown a truck to campaign from either. Any value over 2500 must be paid for.
OK, maybe it would look ethically better for him to have contracted with a stranger. But the same dough would have been paid out from the same donors for the same work (this is no slouch singer) at the end of the day. This is a flea bite issue.
We need a phrase similar to “Damning with faint praise” but opposite meaning. When an obvious slime attempt is so inconsequential that you are left wondering, “Is that all the dirt they have on this guy? He must be pretty clean.” the attempt at sliming is a FAIL.
Indeed, I saw someone else comment that afterward. If she’d been just a gifted amateur I guess it might still pass muster for her to donate it. But she is a literal pro, makes money off the notes coming from her mouth. So I agree, she wouldn’t be able to get away with that.
praising with faint damnation???
Hopefully she knows the words to hit the road because Daddy Scott. Is going down the RINO ship (he owes me a $50 refund)
Not a big fan of the liberal Scott Brown, but I don’t see a problem with this as long as she was paid the going rate.
“I choose the outright enemy.”
I understand where you are coming from........but.......
I lived 46 out of my then 49 years under Teddy Kennedy and prefer a moderate like Brown over Warren who is to the left of Kennedy.
Aren’t you a bit Rip Van Winkly here? George W. Bush hasn’t been president for three years. What’s he supposed to do with illegal immigration now?
Just be careful, because this enemy has tentacles that go deep.
No news here, she can sing and she gets paid?????
If I am meant to meet my Father and His Son before I think I should, so be it.
This world is going to crap....we all see the handwriting on the wall.
I do pray to survive it though. But my life is in His hands. Whatever shall be shall be.
“Arent you a bit Rip Van Winkly here? George W. Bush hasnt been president for three years. Whats he supposed to do with illegal immigration now?”
if she is a professional and sings without a fee that is a campiagn contribution. Can’t even let a campiagn use your car, a chair or a table without charinga fee.
So he is stealing TEA Party donated to him because he knows he will not get our support again, so he is draining the pool.
I heard her sing here on FR on a video.
She is a no talent. She does not sing on key.
... unless you are Hillary Clinton. In that case, you can have a Hollywood producer spend $2 million plus on a massive, star-studded Hollywood fundraiser for your Senate campaign, and only report a small fraction of the expense.
We need a phrase similar to Damning with faint praise but opposite meaning. When an obvious slime attempt is so inconsequential that you are left wondering, Is that all the dirt they have on this guy? He must be pretty clean. the attempt at sliming is a FAIL.
Praising with faint damnation?
Praising with faint Damnation doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but I can’t find anything better. I want to start using this the next time the Media starts their microslimes. I am thinking of things like: Quayle spelling ‘potatoe’, Sarah Palin is wearing nice clothes, Newt bought some jewelery (OMG!). Feel free to add to the list.
As a musician, I can tell you that $9,500 isn’t much for three gigs.
The pay doesn’t cover just the lead singer. It covers band members’ pay; sound system setup and sound engineer; possible rentals of the sound system, lights and drums; gas to get everybody in the same place at the same time; and at least some sandwiches or snacks after the job’s over.
Especially at Northeast prices, it doesn’t take long to eat up $3,000 a job.
This is getting real old. Call “da roolz” Byzantine and even a temptation to unethical behavior, but dey are da roolz. Even if you can’t stand Brown for a second, all appears to be in order here.
Anybody who can follow the tune of the old "To Anacreon In Heaven" (now known as "The Star Spangled Banner") is no slouch.
I do understand your thinking but pray we can make it thru by the Grace of God.
If that’s all they got, they must ain’t got nuthin’!
That is about enforcement not the law. A major reasoin why there is a TEA Party is because the working folks are sick of the laws broken by the powerful in the name of “good government.”