Concord, NH- In a desperate attempt to hide her support from SuperPACs and partisan special interest groups, Ann Kuster is pretending that she is against the outside money that she is receiving and that is being used to support her second run for Congress. Her desire to have a number of conversations to offset the $3 million in special interest money is appropriate because that is roughly how much money special interest groups have spent supporting Kuster.
Having helped run a pro-income tax PAC that funneled donations to candidates that supported a state income tax like herself, Ann Kuster is a true friend of the special interest money, and the Super PACs that are propping up her campaign. Kuster's willingness to follow in lock step with her party leaders in Washington is exactly what these ultra-partisan special interest groups and Super PACs want and the reason why they are willing to spend vast sums of money supporting her candidacy.
"Anne Kuster can pretend all she wants that she doesn't accept special interest money," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "But there is an obvious trend that she will accept money from anyone who wants to give it to her, and she will keep lying to the New Hampshire voters. In this cycle alone, she has accepted over $300,000 dollars. The voters didn't fall for her hypocritical values in 2010, and they won't in November of this year."
In 1999 Ann Kuster was on the Board of the "Courage and Leadership PAC" that advocated for a state income tax. The AP reported that "The Courage and Leadership PAC hopes to spend at least $100,000 in the next election helping candidates of either party who support an income tax" and that "Members of the PAC believe an income tax is the fairest way to pay for education."
Laura A. Kiernan, "Tax pledge opponents raise funds to help candidates," The Boston Globe, July 4, 1999
"Tax PAC," Associated Press, May 22, 1999
In the 2012 election cycle nearly $300,000 in outside special interest money has been spent on behalf of Ann Kuster including over $200,000 by SuperPAC Friends of Democracy that is primarily funded by son of super-liberal billionaire George Soros.
Kuster has raised over $775,000 dollars through out of state donations and liberal special interest groups like Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Howard Dean's Democracy for America and the True Majority PAC.
In 2010, outside special interest groups spent over $2 million on behalf of Ann Kuster which is the most spent on behalf of a candidate in New Hampshire's Second District.
Ann Kuster has collected nearly $570,000 in donations from political action committees including $260,000 from Big Labor organizations.