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Wednesday
Sep142011

House Republican Leaders Respond to Lawsuit Against Democratic Party for Campaign Finance Violations 

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) and House Election Law Chairman David Bates (R-Windham) today responded to the news that Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) has filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Democratic Party for violating state campaign finance laws.  Last month, the NHDP paid a $5,000 fine to the Department of Justice for breaking a state law against “robo-calls,” deceptive automated calls that did not fully identify the source.  Rep. Bates filed the complaint with the Department of Justice against the NHDP for the illegal calls.

Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“For the Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, of all people, to say that this was an accident or oversight is just not believable.  Ray Buckley was an active participant in writing the very law that he disregarded.  His deceptive and dishonest message was not only the politics of personal destruction, it broke the law, and he and his party must be held accountable.  What has become crystal clear is that,  even in last year’s primary, the Democratic Party hierarchy knew just how much a threat Speaker O’Brien would be to their reckless agenda to bring income and sales taxes to New Hampshire.  The last thing they wanted was the type of fiscal sanity that the House Republicans have restored to Concord.”

House Election Law Chairman David Bates

“When I first heard about these calls, it was immediately obvious that they violated state law.  However, when I brought the charges to the Attorney General, I was not aware that Ray Buckley actually had a part in writing the 2003 law that he knowingly broke on behalf the Democratic Party.  He has no excuse for this willful violation of the law and no Democrat should tolerate such disgraceful behavior by their Party’s Chairman.  Ray Buckley should resign immediately.  This appalling episode and the nearly yearlong delay by Governor Lynch’s Attorney General’s Office in acting upon it, demonstrate why it is so critical that we reform our campaign finance and election laws.  There must be more transparency in the entire process, swift enforcement, and real teeth in the penalties, especially for anyone who tries to subvert an election by breaking the law.”

Wednesday
Aug312011

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on the Attorney General's Decision

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement concerning the Party's agreement to pay a fine over an automated call that identified the caller as Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Committee, but did not specifically use the words, "Paid for by the New Hampshire Democratic Party."
"We have never knowingly violated any campaign law; and made what the Attorney General felt was an error by not using the words 'paid for by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.'  We believed that the script sufficiently identified who was making the call, but rather than spend additional party resources challenging the Attorney General's position, we believed it was more important to put this to rest and get on with the business of electing Democrats.  

 

"However, we are very happy to see that Attorney General Michael Delaney is taking a more aggressive approach in following up on  election law complaints, which was not always the case under prior Attorneys General." 

 

The full text of the consent agreement with Attorney General's office can be found here.
Wednesday
Aug312011

House Republican Leaders Responds to Democrats Agreeing to Pay $5,000 Penalty

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to the news that the New Hampshire Democratic Party had agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to the state’s Department of Justice for illegal calls made for the Democratic Party by its Chairman, Ray Buckley, against  Speaker O’Brien the day before last September’s primary election.  The agreement for the penalty was signed by Democratic National Committee woman, and former Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan.

 House Speaker William O’Brien

 “While it certainly is both odd and hypocritical that the same people who complain so vigorously against illegal campaign calls would engage in that very same behavior, I do appreciate the work of the Attorney General Delaney and his staff to bring this matter to justice.  This fine closes the public investigation phase of this matter, and now I will consult with my attorneys to consider what civil recourse exists to determine just how these illegal calls came to happen and exactly who was responsible for inflicting them on my constituents.  I am committed to getting to the bottom of this and look forward to unearthing the truth behind this flagrant violation of the law.”

 House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

 “The New Hampshire Democrats have been unmistakably exposed as having had a vendetta against Bill O’Brien even before he became speaker.  Clearly, they realized as early as last summer just how much of a threat he would be to their big government, tax-and-spend agenda.  However, they continued their smear campaign and the politics of hate-filled personal destruction by having their chairman admit that they were attacking the speaker’s family in order to savage his reputation.  It’s no surprise that they were so blinded by hatred that they would break the law to continue their crusade against the person who is most responsible for bringing the state back from the brink of the sales and income taxes that the Democrats so desperately want.  Ray Buckley and his political attack dog Kathy Sullivan certainly owe Speaker O'Briean apologyI also believe it is appropriate that Mr. Buckley resign from his post immediately because of  this admitted violation of state law. This also raises serious questions as to whether there should there be a further investigation into other illegal calls that may have been made against Republicans throughout the state during the last campaign.

Wednesday
Aug312011

Mont Vernon Representative Calls for Buckley Resignation

The following statement was issued this afternoon by Representative Frank Holden (Hillsborough, District 4) who represents the towns of Mont Vernon, Lyndeborough, New Boston, Temple and Wilton.  It was issued in response to news that the New Hampshire Democratic Party had agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to the state’s Department of Justice for illegal calls made for the Democratic Party by its Chairman, Ray Buckley, against O’Brien the day before last September’s primary election.  The agreement for the penalty was signed by Democratic National Committee woman, and former Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan.    

"I am absolutely appalled that the Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party would engage in such disgusting and illegal behavior to mislead voters in my district. Governor Lynch should immediately condemn the behavior of his party’s chairman, call for his resignation and direct the attorney general to investigate all campaign calls make by the New Hampshire Democratic Party during the 2010 election. Failure to do so undermines the public’s faith in our state’s election laws and would show his support for illegal campaign activities while going against his own Attorney General."

Thursday
Mar252010

NHDP - Chair Ray Buckley and NH Citizens to Hold a Press Conference to Discuss Impact of Historic Health Insurance Reform

Concord - NHDP Chair Ray Buckley, Doctor and State Representative Rich DiPentima, store manager Don Brueggemann, mother Elaine Kellerman, and New Hampshire citizens will hold a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building at 12:30 to discuss the impact of the landmark health insurance reform legislation on Granite State citizens.
 
Who: NHDP Chair Ray Buckley, Doctor and State Representative Rich DiPentima, store manager Don Brueggemann, and mother Elaine Kellerman
 
What: Press Conference to discuss the impact of the landmark health insurance reform legislation on Granite State citizens
 
Where: Legislative Office Building (LOB)
 
When: Thursday, March 25th at 12:30 PM