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Friday
Sep072012

NHRFFE - GOP PAC Responds to Defamatory Accusations

Manchester, NH - New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC Chairman Sean Owen comments:

 

"It's come to my attention that an organization is spreading misinformation about the activities of our PAC. Due to recent multiple court rulings and the opinion of New Hampshire's Attorney General, independent expenditure committees, such as our own, are not subject to limits on the contributions they may receive. It is ignorant and defamatory to say we have broken the law."

 

"I'm proud our PAC is supporting forty-one pro-freedom Republicans in primary elections next Tuesday. We're running a 100% positive campaign. As a lifelong resident of Manchester, I couldn't possibly be more thrilled with the new direction our state and the Republican Party have taken. It's a shame to see other Republicans falsely attacking us and trying to divide the party."

 

"We'll continue to share our message of small government and personal freedom, and we won't be stopped or slowed down in any way by another organization's petty, mis-informed and libelous attacks."

 

(See New Hampshire Attorney General opinion: http://sos.nh.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=25730)

Friday
Sep072012

CORNERSTONE CALLS FOUL ON GAY ‘MARRIAGE’ BACKERS: NH REPUBLICANS FOR FREEDOM & EQUALITY

Group Promoting Unnatural Law Using Illegal Campaign Contribution of more than $100K from New York 

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Cornerstone Action filed a complaint this afternoon with the Secretary of State’s Office because a group supporting candidates who voted against the repeal of gay “marriage” is illegally using money it received in a $100,000 lump sum from a donor from New York.

The donor, Paul Singer of Elliot Management Corp., 40 West 57th St., 30th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10019, gave an illegal $100,000 donation to New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality during the campaign finance reporting period ending Sept. 5, 2012. Any donation above $5,000 is illegal in New Hampshire under RSA 664:4.

“Cornerstone works very hard to follow the law to the letter to support the traditional, natural family in New Hampshire and our PAC is quite limited by the law in what it can do to support candidates who will defend traditional marriage,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “It’s astounding to me how brazenly our political opponents have violated the law, and I trust that the Secretary of State will take immediate action to make sure the New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality return the money to Mr. Singer and stop violating New Hampshire law. This violation cannot be allowed to stand, as it puts candidates who our PAC supports at a distinct and unfair disadvantage.”

There is no doubt that the New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality have already begun to spend the money Mr. Singer donated to the group. The same campaign receipts and expenditures disclosure form that lists Mr. Singer’s donation also lists a $94,045.50 expenditure for “direct mail, design, production, print and postage” paid to Direct Response LLC of 2340 E. Beardsley Road, Suite 100, Phoenix, Ariz. 85024. Earlier this week, postcards supporting candidates who oppose traditional marriage and voted against the gay “marriage” repeal, HB 437, were reportedly showing up in New Hampshire primary voters’ mailboxes statewide.

Additionally, the group brags about its mission on its own Web site, www.nhrfe.com, by saying: “New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC supports Republican officeholders and candidates who defend freedom and equality for all, thereby promoting the ideal that gay and lesbian citizens should have the exact same rights and protections under the law as every other citizen in New Hampshire.”

“I received a postcard from NHRFE in my mailbox this week supporting pro gay “marriage” candidates, and it didn’t say anything about marriage on it; instead, it focused on how the named Republicans allegedly support free markets, economic growth and jobs, which I found deceptive,” McGinley said. “When I looked up more information about the NHRFE and what they really represent, and then I found them in such violation of New Hampshire’s campaign finance law, I knew that I had to take action to make sure the public knows about how gay ‘marriage’ proponents are attempting to save their misguided law at all costs.

“Cornerstone plays by the rules to promote traditional marriage, and NHRFE should play by the rules, too, when it attempts to advance its cause,” McGinley added. “Because, the group was in such gross violation of the law this election cycle, I hope voters take special notice of the candidates NHRFE is supporting and consider supporting alternative candidates, such as those who have signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge.”

Cornerstone has been working very hard this primary election cycle to legally alert voters about those candidates whom, upon election, will advance citizens’ rights of conscience and religion, protect innocent human life, defend the natural family and traditional marriage, restore the natural rights of parents to raise, educate and care for their own children, and enact free market economic policies to ensure prosperity in New Hampshire. In doing so, Cornerstone has released its FamiliesFirst Pledge to identify candidates who will live up to these principles, its 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard to identify which incumbents have already lived up to these principles and its 2012 Families First Voter Guide to help voters find the candidates who support families all across New Hampshire.

Friday
Dec092011

EVANGELICALS PUSH ANTI-GINGRICH HIP-HOP SATIRE TO IOWA VOTERS

Sioux City pastor, leader in defeat of three Iowa Supreme Court justices a year ago, Calls Gingrich out of the closet on Marriage - Gay and Straight

Newt: "GOP's Kim Kardashian" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMPjo46das

° NEW Anti-Gingrich Satire Video (3 min.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMPjo46das

° Rev. Cary Gordon's 12/2 Endorsement Video (3 min.) http://vimeo.com/32933133

° Rev. Cary Gordon's Endorsement Interview (20 min.): http://vimeo.com/32927260

Sioux City, IA (MMD Newswire) December 8, 2011 -- A Sioux City pastor, prominent in the defeat of three Iowa Supreme Court justices last year for their same-sex marriage ruling, announced today that a hip-hop video calling Newt Gingrich "the GOP's Kim Kardashian for his many infidelities on marriage - gay, straight and his own" would be delivered, via text messaging starting today at 10 am, to every registered Republican or non-aligned Iowa voter with a cell phone on record.

The rhythmic, satirical 3-minute video rips Gingrich for his three marriages, two to former mistresses, one of which was his subordinate in the U.S. House and 23 years his junior: current wife and would-be First Lady, Callista Gingrich. It also blasts the former House Speaker for dodging the Iowa Family Leader's Marriage Vow - a sweeping political pledge document that addresses adultery and fidelity, gay unions and health issues, fatherless children, U.S. monogamy and Islamist polygamy - which has been signed by three 2012 Presidential hopefuls: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA).

The video's star is Molotov Mitchell, whom the Rev. Cary K. Gordon, President of PeaceMakers Institute and pastor of Sioux City's Cornerstone Church, calls "the guerilla warrior of Judeo-Christian political commentary." Mitchell is an edgy independent filmmaker whose Illuminati Pictures delivers something akin to an animated political cartoon weekly at WorldNetDaily, one of the nation's most trafficked conservative websites. Gordon also announced today that 832,897 text messages went out to Iowans last week bearing a link to his own video endorsement of a proposed GOP ticket, less than a month from the Iowa Republican Presidential Caucuses on January 3.

In that video, Gordon called for a marriage of sorts, urging Iowans to rally for a merger between the Santorum and Bachmann campaigns. Gordon wants Santorum to name Bachmann as his running mate now, for the event Iowans launch him to the GOP nomination, in exchange for Bachmann's merger of her campaign with his. "Michele and the two Ricks - Santorum and Perry - have each been polling in single digits for one reason: They're dividing conservative Iowa voters who delivered Mike Huckabee his upset victory here in 2008. If Santorum and Bachmann can make a deal now for a ticket - many Iowa conservatives don't care who's on top - and especially if Rick Perry would be willing to somehow join such a unity effort, we could easily have a January 3 'Rickaboom and Bachaboom' just as loud as the 'Huckaboom' of 2008," Gordon said.

Santorum and Bachmann, Gordon says, have both pledged to reinstate the military's longstanding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy against open homosexuality, reversed earlier this year by President Obama. "Rick and Michele would make a great GOP match, and would defend Judeo-Christian monogamy, while I think it's quite clear Gingrich simply cannot be trusted with the institution of marriage in any sense," Gordon said. "I think the 2010 Esquire interview with Newt's second ex-wife and former mistress was very troubling," he said.

In his endorsement video, which popped-up on I-Phones, Droids and other such "smart phones" last weekend, Gordon emphatically rejects Iowa's 2012 frontrunners. Gordon said, "The first two, Gingrich and Ron Paul, have refused to sign all pledges against gay marriage, while third-place polling Mitt Romney went out of his way as Massachusetts governor to sign marriage licenses for homosexual couples. Romney wasn't complying with the law at that point; he was making law for same-sex marriage. He also issued a 2004 governor's "Gay Youth Pride" proclamation. "Any Iowa pastor who fails to warn his flock about Gingrich and Romney, especially, will be abdicating moral leadership in the most important election of our generation," said Gordon.

Rev. Gordon received national attention last year for "Project Jeremiah," a statewide campaign involving a controversial letter he sent to over 1,000 Iowa churches. It called for the removal of the three Iowa State Supreme Court Justices for their abuse of judicial authority in imposing same-sex marriage upon Iowans, while promising pro-bono legal defense for any Iowa church harassed by the I.R.S. for exercising their rights to free speech in the pulpit. The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in Washington, D.C., called Gordon's actions one of the most outrageous attempts to politicize a church that he has ever seen. The Iowa Caucuses endorsement of the Family Leader and its president, 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, a crucial ally of Gordon's in the defeat of the justices, is still pending. So too is that of influential U.S. Rep. Steve King, Congressman for the 5th District.

During his recorded interview, Gordon praised Santorum for championing a Personhood Amendment to the Constitution, something the pastor said was necessary if Americans wished to "stop the barbaric evil of abortion once and for all." Gordon also stated, "Rick Santorum is committed to rescuing this nation from economic disaster, and that's good news for everyone concerned about their families." Gordon also noted that Gingrich recently told ABC News that human life begins not at conception, as pro-life activists generally hold, but at implantation.

Thursday
Feb172011

Fred Karger Warns New Hampshire, "Maggie Gallagher = Anita Bryant" - Testifies at Statehouse Hearing in Concord 

 

Statement by Fred Karger, founder Rights Equal Rights

Judiciary Committee
New Hampshire House of Representatives
February 17, 2011

 

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I am a Republican who is here today with a long and proud Republican History.  I worked as a GOP political consultant and advisor for over 30 years.  

 

I was a senior consultant on three Presidential campaigns, including both of Ronald Reagan’s.  He was a very fair and caring man.  

 

In 1978 between his time as Governor of California and President he stood with the gay community on what was then Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative.  Prop. 6 was on the ballot that year, and would have outlawed all gay and lesbian teachers in California.  Anita Bryant and John Briggs led that hateful initiative that damaged so many lives.

 

Ronald Reagan did the right thing and stood up to the former beauty queen, Anita Bryant and fellow Republican State Senator John Briggs.  He said to vote no on Prop 6, and it was defeated.

 

33 years later we have the National Organization for Marriage and its leaders, Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown, the Anita Bryant and John Briggs of New Hampshire.  NOM has been here for three years and spent millions to take away rights from New Hampshire residents.

Anita Bryant and Maggie Gallagher

 

Since 2007, Maggie and Brian have funded every single fight against gay marriage all over the country, and they refuse to reveal where all their millions come from.


John Briggs and Brian Brown

 

I know this.  I got them investigated next door in Maine for suspected money laundering.  NOM gave $1.9 million - 2/3 of all the money raised to pass Amendment 1 which took away that state's gay marriage law.

That investigation by the Maine Ethics Commission has been underway for over 15 months.  NOM has sued Maine to keep their money secret, as they have done in 22 other states.

They will attack anyone who gets in their way.  You have seen it in New Hampshire.

Stand up to NOM's bullying and do the right thing.  Vote NO on these two bills and let New Hampshire continue to lead the way in equality for all.

That's what Ronald Reagan would do.  

See our commercial, "The Battle for Concord" at www.RightsEqualRights.com.

 

 

Saturday
Jan222011

Rep Bettencourt Responds to Attack by NOM

Earlier today the National Organization for Marriage released a direct mail piece attacking me in my legislative district for not including gay marriage repeal on our agenda. I repeat what I have said to my constituents: As a practicing Catholic, someone with a strong moral sense of right and wrong, and as someone who has voted against same sex marriage, my belief is that marriage is the union between one man and one woman. That being said, I’d like to quote one of my favorite Biblical verses, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.”

At this time, it is my conviction that the focus of our majority must be to right our economic ship of state. We have a nearly $1 billion deficit that must be addressed immediately and our citizens are suffering through the worst recession in recent times. Our focus must be on getting them back to work during this budget year.

I would point out that our agenda does advocate for enacting a parental notification law that will strengthen families and be a step forward in protecting the sanctity of the unborn. However, given the scope of the economic problem we face and the significance of the challenges, we necessarily had to make some very tough choices on the agenda. That’s leadership. An agenda that attempts to stand for everything ultimately stands for nothing. To be clear, despite the fact that repeal was not on the agenda, the legislation has been filed and it will be acted upon during this legislation session at the appropriate time. Therefore, the accusation that the issue is not going to be addressed is inaccurate.

The ignorant attack upon me by the National Organization for Marriage is unfortunate but it does not deter me from my conviction that our focus must be on the budget and deficit and that gay marriage repeal should be taken up at a later, more appropriate time. At the bottom of this email, I am enclosing a copy of a letter that I sent to Speaker O'Brien earlier today with regard to this matter.  Have a great weekend.  I hope to see you all at the caucus next Wednesday.   

All the best,

D.J. Bettencourt 

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Speaker William L. O’Brien

New Hampshire House of Representatives

January 21, 2011

Dear Mr. Speaker,

I was deeply disappointed to learn this morning that the National Organization for Marriage sent out a direct mailer to my legislative district blindsiding me and stating among other things that on the issue of same sex marriage that I “stand with Governor Lynch and do not support traditional family values.” This mailer has resulted from the Majority Office’s announcement of the Republican agenda last week and the fact that same sex marriage was not included on that agenda.

The National Organization for Marriage and its supporters in New Hampshire know very well that legislation dealing with this issue has been filed and will take its appropriate legislative course. However, this recent development by an out of state lobbying organization underscores my belief, a belief which is reinforced from my meetings over the holidays with the majority of our caucus, that same sex marriage remains a deeply controversial issue. This assault on our agenda has the potential to take important focus and energy away from our focus on the budget. Therefore, it is my belief that the same sex marriage repeal must be retained in the Judiciary Committee this year so that our full and undivided attention is focused on New Hampshire’s outstanding financial issues.

My office will state this position clearly in testimony before the committee when the bill is heard and we will urge the members of the Judiciary Committee to vote the same. The Majority Office would appreciate your support on this important matter.  

Sincerely,

Rep. D.J. Bettencourt
Majority Leader