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Dems casting Mass. Sen. Brown as 'Big Oil' friend

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BOSTON (AP) -- Democrats are opening up a new line of attack on U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, hoping to cast the Massachusetts Republican as a high-powered friend of "Big Oil" at a time of rising gasoline prices.

Brown's chief Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, is pointing to Brown's vote Thursday against a measure that would have ended $4 billion in tax subsidies to oil companies.

Democrats note that the industry has pumped nearly $200,000 into Brown's campaign. The industry's main lobbying group also ran ads recently urging voters to ask Brown to oppose measures the industry said would raise taxes on energy producers.

Brown says ending subsidies won't bring down gas prices.

He said Friday that the bill was an attempt to help Democrats craft political ads instead of addressing the nation's energy woes

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