Ayotte, Gregg and the NH GOP All Clinging to Tainted Campaign Contributions


CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party called on the New Hampshire Republican Party to stop their disgraceful hypocrisy and return all the dirty money collected by their candidates and elected officials in recent years. News broke this morning that two Texas billionaires, both major conservative donors, were charged by the SEC with operating a $550 million securities fraud. [NYT, 7/30/10]


What's the New Hampshire connection? The brothers gave thousands to the campaigns of current Sen. Judd Gregg and former Sen. John E. Sununu [CQ Moneyline, accessed 7/30/10] .


"The New Hampshire GOP has surpassed the height of hypocrisy which is impressive, even for them. They're engaging in disgusting political stunts to try and shift focus away from the fact that their candidates sink deeper and deeper in the polls, the closer we get to Election Day," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Seeing as Chairman Sununu still refuses to dump the $15,000 they took from Indian tribe clients of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, this isn't a huge surprise."


The Texas brothers aren't the only tainted donors dogging the New Hampshire Republican Party. The NH GOP's front-running senate candidate Kelly Ayotte has accepted tens of thousands of dollars from Sen. Richard Shelby, currently being accused of doling out millions in federal earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions. [Politico, 7/29/10; Opensecrets.org, accessed 7/28/10]


"The NH GOP's favorite 2010 candidate is dogged by dirty donations of her own. Until the NH GOP and their star players like Kelly Ayotte and Judd Gregg come clean, it's pretty hard to take their requests seriously," said Browne.


"Judd Gregg has pocketed thousands from the two Texas billionaires charged with a $550 million securities fraud. Kelly Ayotte, the NH GOP's front-running candidate to replace him, has meanwhile been collecting tens of thousands of dollars from a sitting US Senator accused of exchanging federal earmarks for campaign contributions. And the Chairman's own son took contributions from the two Texas tycoons.


"Will Chairman Sununu call on Judd Gregg, his son, John E. Sununu, and Kelly Ayotte to return the money, or will they all stay silent and continue to engage in hypocritical, laughable attacks?" said Browne.