NHDP - ICYMI: AG’s office investigating election flier complaint in Nashua’s Ward 8

Key Point: "With voters in Nashua heading to the polls today, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office is investigating a complaint received on the eve of election day regarding campaign material being distributed in the city.  While a spokesman for the attorney general provided few details, New Hampshire Democrats said they filed the complaint Monday after witnessing what they believe was distribution of an “illegal campaign flier” benefitting Republican candidate Peter Silva."


Nashua Telegraph: AG’s office investigating election flier complaint in Nashua’s Ward 8

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
With voters in Nashua heading to the polls today, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office is investigating a complaint received on the eve of election day regarding campaign material being distributed in the city.
 
While a spokesman for the attorney general provided few details, New Hampshire Democrats said they filed the complaint Monday after witnessing what they believe was distribution of an “illegal campaign flier” benefitting Republican candidate Peter Silva.
 
Silva is competing against Democrat Latha Mangipudi in today’s special election in Ward 8 for a seat in the state House of Representatives.
 
In a press release Monday, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein said an unknown group distributed “partisan attack fliers” backing Silva in Ward 8. Kirstein said the fliers did not properly identify the person or group that paid for the fliers, as required by New Hampshire law.
 
“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,” Kirstein said in a statement.
 
Assistant attorney general Steve LaBonte confirmed a complaint was received regarding flyers handed out in Nashua, but released little other information. He said the allegation pertained to disclosure requirements.
 
“We are looking at the matter,” he said.
 
Democratic party officials provided The Telegraph with photographs of two fliers that were purportedly circulated in Ward 8. One calls into question Mangipudi’s votes when she served on the Nashua Board of Education, and promotes Silva’s decision to support “school choice.” Another compares their positions on taxation.
 
Silva said he was not responsible for the campaign material, and called it ridiculous and absurd to suggest he violated election laws, given his prior experience in office.
 
“I know the game,” he said. “I know the rules.”
 
Silva said he can’t be held responsible for activist groups that support his candidacy. He said he has already spoken with the attorney general’s office about the situation.
 
“I didn’t do it,” he reiterated Monday. “I have no idea how it happened, and you know what? The bottom line is there are a lot of things in there that are true, so face up to it.”