Hodes Cancels Kerry Visit - Will he return Kerry's money?

CONCORD On the heels of Senator John Kerry’s remarks disparaging America’s Armed Forces a Kerry appearance for Paul Hodes scheduled for this Sunday has been cancelled. With only five days until the Election Day Republican State Committee Chairman called on Paul Hodes and New Hampshire Democrats to return Kerry’s tainted money. An Indiana Democrat has already returned his Kerry contributions. Will Paul Hodes and New Hampshire Democrats follow their lead?

John Kerry’s campaign committee and his PAC have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to New Hampshire Democrats including over $300,000 to the NH Democrat Party, and thousands to Governor Lynch and Paul Hodes. Additionally, on the front page of John Kerry’s Political Action Committee (PAC) website (www.keepingamericaspromise.com) Hodes and Shea-Porter are listed as two of Kerry’s top priorities this election cycle. There is also a link for direct solicitations to their campaigns (https://contribute.keepingamericaspromise.com/s15a.html?sc=hp).

According to USA Today , “Former congressman Baron Hill, a Democrat trying to reclaim a U.S. House seat in Indiana, returned a $1,000 political contribution from Kerry, saying he was ‘disturbed and disappointed’ by the Massachusetts senator’s remarks.” ( USA Today , 11/2/06)

“It’s one thing to cancel a public appearance and hid John Kerry’s support in the closet. Paul Hodes needs to come out and publicly denounce Kerry’s remarks and return the money immediately,” Semprini said.

Amount

Recepient

Source

Date

$5,000

New Hampshire Democratic Party

Kerry Committee

3/13/01

$250,000

New Hampshire Democratic Party

John Kerry for President

10/18/04

$41,488

New Hampshire Democratic Party

John Kerry for President

10/26/04

$1,000

Molly Kelly for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

3/27/06

$2,000

Committee to Elect House Democrats

Keeping America’s Promise

12/19/05

$2,000

Committee to Elect House Democrats

Keeping America’s Promise

10/06/05

$1,000

Committee to Elect House Democrats

Keeping America’s Promise

6/27/05

$2,500

NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

12/19/05

$5,000

NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

10/06/05

$2,500

NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

6/17/05

$1,000

The Lynch Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

10/28/05

$1,000

The Lynch Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

6/17/05

$5,000

NH Democratic State Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

10/06/05

$10,000

NH Democratic State Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

8/19/05

$1,000

Pignatelli for Executive Council

Keeping America’s Promise

6/27/05

$1,000

Iris Estabrook for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Martha Fuller Clark for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Maggie Hassan ‘06

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Sylvia Larsen for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$3,000

NH Democratic Senate Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Molly Kelly for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Elect Elizabeth A Roth

Keeping America’s Promise

6/28/06

$1,000

Bev Hollingwoth for Executive Council

Keeping America’s Promise

9/21/06

$1,000

DeVries 2006

Keeping America’s Promise

10/12/06

$1,000

Paul Hodes for Congress

Keeping America’s Promise

6/30/06

$342,488

Totals pending November 1st reports