If Scott Brown ever does decide to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, he'll likely have some donors already lined up.
In his recent failed re-election bid, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) collected hundreds of checks from New Hampshire residents–totaling at least $286,076, according to FEC records from 2011 to 2012. It's a slice of the itemized contributions of $18,623,227, but notable given the long line of federal candidates already asking Granite Staters to get out their checkbooks, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney among them.
A quick review of the FEC reports–after Brown told reporters he would not rule out anything from his political future, such as a campaign in New Hampshire–shows the man with a second home in Rye, N.H., has more than a few friends here.
Brown's New Hampshire donors include major CEOs, lawyers, bankers, doctors, entrepreneurs and major Republican names. The list features the likes of:
- Entrepreneur and former Gov. Craig Benson of Rye
- John Connaughton, Bain Capital – Managing Director, of Portsmouth
- William DeLuca, DeLuca Family of Dealerships, of Windham
- Joseph Tucci, EMC – Board Chairman, Nashua
- Charles Moran, Skillsoft CEO and founder, Bedford
- Daniel Plummer, Two International Group, Portsmouth
- Paul M. Meister, Liberty Lane co-founder, CEO, Hampton
- Richard Napolitano, EMC executive, Hollis
- Sean Mahoney, businessman, NHGOP and former congressional hopeful, of Portsmouth
- Paul Holloway, of Holloway Automotive Group, businessman and philanthropist, and current chairman of the NH Community College System, of Rye
- Harry Crews, AutoFair president, of Bedford
- Joel W. Maiola, consultant and former chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), of Concord
Brown has a couple more high-profile events in New Hampshire. On Saturday, April 13, he is scheduled to be one of the speakers at the 3rd Annual Combined Officer and Enlisted Association's State Conference in Manchester. Other speakers include Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster.