Concord – The New Hampshire Republican Party sent the following letter to Senator Jeanne Shaheen asking her to denounce Organizing for Action (OFA), a political organization led by President Obama. According to its Website, OFA “will operate as a ‘social welfare’ organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.” The group has a chapter based in New Hampshire that is helping Senator Shaheen’s reelection campaign and promoting President Obama's liberal agenda.

Shaheen has come under fire for her repeated attempts to pressure the IRS to investigate 501(c)(4)s. She has specifically singled out conservative organizations on the floor of the Senate, but never criticized liberal organizations that promote candidates and causes that she supports.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
520 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Shaheen,

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee I am writing to ask that you officially denounce Organizing for Action (OFA) a political ‘social welfare’ organization led by President Barack Obama. OFA is a partisan group operating in New Hampshire to promote your party’s liberal agenda and assist your 2014 campaign. According to its website, “OFA will operate as a ‘social welfare’ organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.”

For years, you and your fellow Democrat Senators have demonized conservative 501(c)(4)s like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity because you oppose their fiscally responsible values. You have repeatedly urged the IRS to crack down on ‘social welfare’ groups and specifically singled out conservative organizations on the floor of the United States Senate as examples. Yet you have failed to denounce liberal groups that promoted causes and candidates with whom you agree.

Asyou are aware, the IRS has inappropriately targeted conservative organizations that opposed the Obama Administration's disastrous policies. Federal agencies are influenced by the demands of United States Senators, and it would be naive to believe that top IRS officials were unmoved by your actions. There are very serious questions about whether your partisan effort to pressure the IRS to increase investigations of 501(c)(4) organizations contributed to the outrageous practices that took place at the agency.

You have responded to these concerns by claiming that you are troubled by the practice of both liberal and conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. However you have never spoken out against any liberal ‘social welfare’ group and reports indicate that you are actively working with OFA to bolster your reelection effort. 

 (12/5/12) reported that you attended a private meeting in December with Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer “imploring” them to “lead the charge” for the former Obama Campaign, now Organizing For Action, to share voter files with your campaign. Your Chief of Staff Maura Keefe is quoted in the same story saying that she would welcome “any assistance” from OFA for your reelection effort.

If you truly are concerned with the practices of liberal 501(c)(4)s, you will denounce OFA the same way that you denounced American Crossroads and American for Prosperity. You will also call on OFA to refrain from assisting your reelection effort in any way, and return any voter files you may have already obtained from this organization. Otherwise you will prove to Granite Staters that you are willing to tolerate the actions of liberal 501(c)(4)s while you instigate partisan witch-hunts against conservative groups.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Matthew Slater
Executive Director
New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Background Information:

Shaheen Attended A Private Meeting With Harry Reid And Chuck Schumer “Imploring” Them To Lead The Charge For The Obama Campaign, Now Organizing For Action, To Share Its Voter Files. “So intent are Senate incumbents to get their hands on the voter files that, at a private meeting with Senate leaders and incumbents up for reelection in 2014, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Tom Harkin of Iowa led the group in imploring Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to lead the charge.” (Lois Romano, “Dems To Obamaland: Share Your Data,” Politico, 12/5/12)

In December 2012, Shaheen’s Chief Of Staff Said The Shaheen Campaign Would Welcome “Any Assistance” From OFA.
 “‘The Obama campaign had the best get-out-the-vote effort in New Hampshire history, so obviously any assistance we could get as we try to replicate that effort would be very helpful,’ said Maura Keefe, Shaheen’s chief of staff.” (Lois Romano, “
Dems To Obamaland: Share Your Data,” Politico, 12/5/12)