NHDP - Asks Attorney General’s Office To Investigate Illegal NHGOP, Peter Silva Flyers

NHDP Calls On State GOP To Denounce Silva’s Shameful Racist And Illegal Partisan Attacks  


Concord – This morning, the New Hampshire Democratic Party asked the Attorney General’s office to investigate potentially illegal campaign flyers benefitting Peter Silva’s campaign and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.  Included in the complaint filed with the Attorney General’s Office are photos of the car driven by individuals distributing the dishonest and unethical partisan attack flyers. 
 
“These shameful partisan attacks were clearly distributed by dishonest individuals desperately trying to steal this election and benefit Peter Silva’s campaign and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “Obviously there is no low that Peter Silva’s reckless Tea Party pals won’t stoop to.  After his racist and bigoted attack on Nashua’s Ward 8 community was denounced by Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike, they are now resorting to disgusting illegal campaign tactics.”
 
New Hampshire RSA 664:14 requires that “All political advertising shall be signed at the beginning or the end with the names and addresses of the candidate, his fiscal agent, or the name and address of the chairman or the treasurer of a political committee, or the name and address of a natural person, according to whether a candidate, political committee, or natural person is responsible for it. Said signature shall clearly designate the name of the candidate, party or political committee by or on whose behalf the same is published or broadcast.”  The questionable flyers contain no disclosure detailing who paid for or authorized them whatsoever.
 
At a recent New Hampshire Republican Party event, Silva employed bigoted partisan attacks as a way of “rallying Republicans” to vote for him on November 5th.  Silva attacked Nashua's Indian American community in front of a large group of Republicans saying, “I thought I was in New Delhi” and predicted that on Election Day, “they’ll be coming out of the woodwork.”   The Nashua Telegraph called Silva's comments "derogatory" and said his "attempt to justify slur raises question." 
 
“Breaking the law may be the only way Peter Silva’s irresponsible extremist friends think they can return his out of touch ideology to the State House, but that doesn’t make it right,” continued Kirstein.  “These kinds of illegal and racist campaign attacks should be denounced by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee immediately.  They owe all New Hampshire voters an explanation for why they continue supporting someone who engages in these dishonest and disgusting actions.  It is shameful.”
 
The full text of the complaint sent to the Attorney General’s Office is below. The photos are available upon request.
 
 
Harrell Kirstein
New Hampshire Democratic Party
105 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
 
November 4, 2013
 
Office of the Attorney General
Civil Bureau
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301
 
Attorney General's Office,
 
I am writing pursuant to RSA 664:14 to register a complaint involving the distribution of illegal campaign attack flyers benefitting Peter Silva’s campaign and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Images of the questionable flyer and of the car driven by the individuals placing them on mailboxes in Nashua Ward 8 are attached.
 
The flyers contain no disclosure detailing who paid for or authorized them whatsoever, violating RSA 664:14 which requires that “All political advertising shall be signed at the beginning or the end with the names and addresses of the candidate, his fiscal agent, or the name and address of the chairman or the treasurer of a political committee, or the name and address of a natural person, according to whether a candidate, political committee, or natural person is responsible for it. Said signature shall clearly designate the name of the candidate, party or political committee by or on whose behalf the same is published or broadcast.” 
 
The unethical flyers were placed on mailboxes in Nashua Ward 8 by individuals clearly intending to benefit Peter Silva’s campaign and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.  They contain false and dishonest attacks on the Democratic candidate Latha Mangipudi’s record of standing up for New Hampshire families and small businesses.
 
In order to preserve the integrity of the upcoming election, we ask that you investigate this matter immediately and take action against the individuals who have purposely violated the laws of the state of New Hampshire.
 
Since voting starts in less than 24 hours, I respectfully request that you issue an immediate cease and desist order to the responsible individuals. Without quick action we are concerned that additional acts violating New Hampshire's election laws will occur.
  
Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I look forward to your response.
 
Sincerely,
 
Harrell Kirstein