NHDP -Republican First Congressional District Candidates Report Dismal Fund-raising

GOP candidates fail to post credible totals for the last filing period before their primary

Concord - Last night, the Republican candidates in New Hampshire's first Congressional district all reported abysmal fund-raising totals for the last quarter before their primary.  Frank Guinta and Sean Mahoney's totals were a mere $125,000, while Rich Ashooh managed only $105,000, and Bob Bestani raised less than $50,000.

"This was a pathetic showing for the Republican candidates for Congress in the first district," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "Looking at last quarter's fund-raising totals, it is clear the national Republicans are no longer paying attention to this race.  How else do you explain every single Republican candidate in the field failing to bring in more than $125,000?"

"Frank Guinta is obviously not a 'contender,' and despite hiring high priced national consultants, Sean Mahoney is performing no better," continued Kirstein.   "And when was the last time a former lobbyist, like Rich Ashooh, barely raised a $100,000 for a congressional campaign?"

In stark contrast, Congresswoman Shea-Porter raised in excess of $200,000, without taking any money from D.C lobbyists or business PAC's.  The money raised for the Congresswoman's campaign has come from her strong grassroots network, including more than 1,400 individual New Hampshire donors from 164 towns throughout the Granite State.

"Even with their ties to Wall Street banks, political action committees, and lobbyists, not a single Republican candidate for Congress could compete with Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's grassroots support from the citizens of New Hampshire," added Kirstein.