Sen. Brown Pays Daughter to Sing at Events

As we’ve seen with the Romney sons, families often help out on campaigns—but they don’t usually get paid for it. Not true for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s daughter, Ayla Brown, a former American Idol contestant who has performed at three of her father’s campaign events. FEC filings show that Brown’s campaign has paid the company representing Ayla $9,500 for the singer to perform at his events. The Brown campaign didn’t say what portion of the performance fees went to Ayla and her bandmates, but it did say one of the reasons Brown compensated his daughter was to avoid putting her bandmates in an uncomfortable situation where they would have to volunteer. “Everything was done properly and in full compliance with FEC regulations,” a campaign spokesman said in a statement. Ayla has been part of Brown’s appeal since the end of 2010. He’s now locked in a tight race with Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic nominee.