Senator Scott Brown demanded Friday that his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, reimburse taxpayers for the $276,000 that the state spent to mail thousands of voter registration forms to welfare recipients.
Brown, a Republican, has argued the mailing to nearly 500,000 welfare recipients was a partisan plot to boost Warren’s campaign, since it was spurred by a lawsuit filed by Demos, a liberal group that is chaired by Warren’s daughter.
State officials have said they agreed to the mailing to ensure they were in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, the federal law that requires welfare offices to provide recipients with voter registration materials. Demos, the group that brought the lawsuit, has said Warren’s daughter played no role in the suit, and pointed out they have filed similar lawsuits in eight other states.
Brown made his demand in a statement issued by his campaign.