Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter

Shaheen has some 'splainin' to do on letter to IRS regarding investigation into 'political' groups

This week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to fully explain a letter she signed and sent to the head of the IRS asking them to investigate 501(c)(4)'s prior to the 2012 elections.

Sending a letter asking for the IRS asking them to investigate 'political' groups during the same period of time they were specifically targeting conservative organizations is extremely concerning. Senator Shaheen certainly has a lot of explaining to do especially with the current scandal unfolding.   

Part of the letter she signed includes: "We write to inquire if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is investigating or intends to investigate whether groups designated as "social welfare" organizations, and thus receiving tax or other advantages under section 501 (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 26 USC § 501 (c)(4), are improperly engaged in a substantial or even a predominant amount of campaign activity."


The full letter including Senator Shaheen's signature can be viewed here.

In addition, in July when speaking on the Senate floor in support of the DISCLOSE Act, Sen. Shaheen specifically referenced conservative 501 (c)(4)s by name, but not once does she reference a liberal organizations.

Part of her floor speech included: "For example, there's a 501(c)(4) called Americans for Prosperity (AFP) that was founded by David Koch, one of the billionaire Koch brothers.  The Koch brothers own oil refineries in several states and have a combined wealth of $35 billion.  According to the Center for Responsive politics, the AFP received donations from the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry trade group who has opposed several efforts to repeal subsidies to oil companies."

- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen   

More can be viewed here at Sen. Shaheen's website here.

Granite Staters deserve to know whether the investigative request she sent played a role in the current IRS scandal specifically targeting conservative groups. We urge New Hampshire residents to call Senator Jeanne Shaheen at 603-647-7400 and ask her to explain herself.



With current IRS scandal and plummeting poll numbers for Obamacare in NH

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 45, legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire called on New Hampshire's two representatives, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) to vote for the repeal. Sadly, they did not.

As the Internal Revenue Service is heavily involved in the implementation of Obamcare, we called on our representatives to take into consideration the agencies' ability to fairly implement the new healthcare law considering the recent scandal regarding the IRS targeting conservative groups.

In addition, a recent WMUR Granite State Poll conducted last month by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center found that "President Obama's signature health care reform package is increasingly unpopular in New Hampshire." Only 34% of New Hampshire adults favor the legislation, 49% oppose it, and 17% are neutral or don't know enough about it.

When looking further into the numbers, the poll found "support for the Affordable Care Act has declined among all partisan groups." Support has dropped 10 percentage points amongst Democrats since February. It remains unpopular among Republicans (4% favor), and support continues to drop among Independents from 37% who favored it in October to 22% who favor it today.   

In poll after poll, Granite Staters have made their voices loud and clear that they do not support Obamacare. Families have seen their healthcare premiums skyrocket and small businesses are unifying in concern about implications on them and their employees. Coupled with new revelations on how the IRS has handled other issues, Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Kuster should consider listening to their constituents and vote to repeal Obamacare.

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire encourages Granite Staters to contact their representatives and urge them to reconsider their support for Obamacare.

With fallout growing, does Shaheen still stand by her 'praise' for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 'leadership' on Benghazi?

With pressure mounting as fallout from questions regarding a cover-up of the Benghazi scandal grows by the day, Granite Staters deserve answers from Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  They want to know whether she still stands by her comments praising former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her handling of the Benghazi attacks. Shaheen's comments in January included "thanking" her for her "leadership" on Benghazi.    

Video of Senator Jeanne Shaheen's comments during the Senate hearing on January23rd regarding the Benghazi consulate attacks can be viewed here.
Recent coverage from CBS News and others have reported on accusations from top lawmakers claiming there is no question Clinton's circle was involved in the Benghazi cover-up.

Granite Staters were deeply affected by the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The families of the victims and all Americans are still awaiting answers from the Administration and former Secretary of State Clinton on their handling of the Benghazi attacks.  In recent days, many questions have been raised about Secretary Clinton and individuals within her chain of command's responsibility in covering up information regarding the attacks.

With pressure mounting, Granite Staters want to know whether Senator Jeanne Shaheen still stands by her comments praising the former Secretary of State's handling of the attacks and the events afterwards. New Hampshire deserves a leader who will seek answers to the tough questions about an attack on Americans, not one who would rather use her limited time questioning the Secretary of State to give praises for political gain.

Calling on Hassan to immediately stop the backdoor attempt for a hospitality income tax in New Hampshire

On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard an amendment (2013-1604S), which would prevent the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) from applying the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) to tips collected by employees. The DRA recently decided to interpret the 2008 amended Rev 2402.01 to include tips as wages and applying the BET to these amounts. This change in interpretation of the rule is now compelling business owners to pay BET on tips.

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire supported the amendment, which clarifies that only compensation paid by the business enterprise will be subject to the BET. 

While we applaud and support the amendment, it is unfortunate that it's even needed. New Hampshire small businesses readying for the tourism season will be hit the hardest if this amendment does not pass. 

At a time when businesses like those in the restaurant and lodging industry are already struggling due to the upcoming burdens of Obamacare, the DRA is incorrectly implementing a whole new tax increase on the backs of these very same small businesses. Governor Hassan needs to immediately take control of this situation and call for the DRA to back off their reckless and financially devastating interpretation of the 2008 rule (Rev 2402.01).