Frank Guinta was named one of the "most corrupt" members of Congress by the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for previous "mystery money" that funded his campaign, contrary to campaign finance rules. [Nashua Telegraph, 9/21/2011]
As RGA Chair Bob McDonnell Raises Money in Concord, Questions Arise about Guinta's Relationship With His Organization
Concord, NH - Today the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, urging investigation of Congressman Frank Guinta's reported solicitation of funds from the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in excess of campaign finance limits.
On August 26, 2011, the Union Leader reported that Guinta had solicited the RGA to "to get up to $100,000" for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee but had been turned down. The Union Leader continued that according to Guinta, the RGA refused, because under then-Chair Jack Kimball the NHGOP was being "so badly run." [Union Leader, 8/26/2011]
The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits federal candidates and officeholders like Congressman Frank Guinta from soliciting, directing, or transferring, or spending funds in connection with an election that are outside the federal restrictions and limits. Under those limits, federal candidates and officeholders may solicit up to $10,000 per year from federally permissible sources - such as individuals and federal multicandidate committees - for the federal and nonfederal accounts of a state party. But $100,000 is in far excess of the limits and the RGA is a non-permissible federal donor.
Kathy Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, held a press conference call this morning discussing the complaint filed today. A recording of this call will be available shortly.
Click here to read the complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission.
The Republican Governors Association Chair Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will host a fundraiser in Concord on Monday night to benefit the Republican State Committee. [NHGOP.org]