Stephen Previously Accused of Trying to Evade Federal Law, Move Campaign Staff to Supporter's Payrolls
CONCORD - While Greg Moore has acted as the John Stephen campaign spokesman since March, appears to be working full-time on the campaign, and is frequently seen with the candidate, Stephen has not reported paying him a single penny.
In 2002, Stephen's deputy congressional campaign manager, David Boutin, quit the campaign and accused Stephen of trying to evade federal campaign finance law by getting supporters to put campaign staffers on the payrolls of their companies.
"Greg Moore is the face of the Stephen campaign and appears to be working full-time. Yet, John Stephen has not reported paying Moore a single penny in salary," said Mike Brunelle, executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"It's fair to ask - particularly given the allegations by a previous Stephen campaign staff member - is someone else paying Greg Moore's salary?" Brunelle continued. "Is Greg Moore collecting a paycheck from any other entity? If so, who is paying his salary?"
If another individual or company was paying Greg Moore's salary it would be an in-kind contribution to the campaign. In-kind contributions are subject to the same contribution limits as cash contributions. If another individual or company was paying Greg Moore's salary to work on the Stephen campaign, and the salary exceeded the legal contribution limits, it could be considered a violation of New Hampshire campaign finance law.
In his campaign finance filings with the Secretary of State, Stephen has only reported paying four employees (one of whom has left the campaign.)
"Given the previous charge by one of Stephen's own campaign staffers, the Stephen campaign needs to tell the people of New Hampshire if Greg Moore is collecting a salary from anyone else," Brunelle said.
On June 22, 2002, the Union Leader reported that the deputy campaign manager of Stephen's congressional campaign had quit, citing "ethical transgressions" by the campaign.
Boutin charged, among other items, that Stephen and his then campaign manager Tim Buckley discussed "'finding three supporters who would, under the radar of the federal campaign finance reporting laws, pay them a salary under the unethical guise that they were working at that supporter's business,' rather than put them on the campaign payroll."