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NHDP on Latest Attacks from Scott Brown's Big Oil Supporters 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement after the Koch Brothers and their Big Oil money purchased more ads attacking Jeanne Shaheen:

"More Texas Oil  money from the  Koch Brothers is pouring into New Hampshire, attacking our Senator Jeanne Shaheen to convince their Senator, Scott Brown to get in the race. When Scott Brown represented Massachusetts, he voted to protect the interests of Big Oil, consistently voted for billions of dollars in special interest tax breaks while collecting millions from Texas oil money and other big energy corporate interests in contributions to his campaign. No wonder Massachusetts voted him out and the  Koch brothers are spending their Texas Oil money big to get him back in. Scott Brown is for Big Oil, not New Hampshire."
  In his last campaign, Scott Brown was caught on video thanking David Koch for his money and pleading for even more Big Oil contributions. In total, Brown has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of campaign contributions from Big Oil.

 
To date, Scott Brown's Big Oil and Wall Street special interest supporters have spent almost $700,000 on ads attacking Jeanne Shaheen.  

FACT CHECK:  BIG OIL KOCH BROTHERS = AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY  

Koch Brothers’ Americans For Prosperity A “Conservative Issue Advocacy Organization With Ties To The Tea Party Movement” Founded By David Koch, Who Provided Much Of Its Funding. [New York Times, Accessed 9/21/13; Factcheck.org 10/11/11; National Journal, 9/24/13]

  • Koch Brothers Were Among The “The Richest Oil Barons In The US.” A March 2013 Christian Science Monitor Energy Voice guest blog post with the headline “The richest oil barons in the US” said: “The Koch Brothers, Charles and David, are the joint 6th richest people in the world with fortunes of $34 billion each. Their fortune has been created from massive refineries, pipeline networks, and chemical plants, all of which have been boosted by the US shale boom.” [Christian Science Monitor, Energy Voices, 3/7/13]


During 2012 Election Cycle, Americans For Prosperity “Spent A Staggering $122 Million Last Year” Which Was “More Than The Total Amount The Group Had Previously Spent From Its Formation In 2004 Through 2011.” [Center for Public Integrity, 11/14/13]

KOCHS AND THEIR AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BACKED SCOTT BROWN WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

America 360, A Pro-Scott Brown Super PAC Funded Almost Entirely By William Koch, Spent More Than $1.2m Aiding Scott Brown’s Reelection Effort Against Elizabeth Warren.  [Springfield Republican,10/16/12; Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 12/31/13]

Brown Accepted $15k From Koch Industries Since 2010 And $5k From David Koch. [Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 10/3/11;Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 12/31/13]

BROWN PERSONALLY THANKED DAVID KOCH FOR HIS CAMPAIGN FUNDS IN 2010 AND ASKED FOR MORE FOR HIS 2012 REELECTION

2011: Brown Thanked David Koch “Supporting His Election In 2010 And Made A Plea To Help In His Re-Election Campaign Next Year.” In March 2011, Think Progress reported that “at the public dedication of MIT’s David H. Koch Integrative Cancer Institute last Friday, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) effusively thanked conservative billionaire David Koch for supporting his election in 2010 and made a plea for help in his re-election campaign next year. David Koch directly gave the National Republican Senatorial Committee $30,400 in November 2009, and the Koch Industries PAC threw in $15,000 to NRSC plus $5,000 more directly to Brown right before Brown’s special election. In the following exchange, Brown thanks Koch and his wife Julia (off-camera) for their support, saying ‘I can certainly use it again.’” [ThinkProgress, 3/7/11]

KOCH-BACKED GROUPS SPENDING BIG $$$ TO KILL HEALTH CARE REFORM

HEADLINE: Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans [ThinkProgress, 10/19/13]

2 Koch-Funded Groups Planned Efforts To Dissuade People From Getting Health Insurance Through The ACA. “FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, a conservative issue group financed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, known for funding conservative causes, are planning separate media and grassroots campaigns aimed at adults in their 20s and 30s - the very people Obama needs to have sign up for healthcare coverage in new online insurance exchanges if his reforms are to succeed.” [Reuters, 7/25/2013]

JUL. 2013 Americans for Prosperity Launched Million Dollar Ad Campaign to Persuade Young Men to See Insurance as a “High-cost Liability.” [Reuters, 7/25/2013]

THE FACTS ON HEALTHCARE REFORM: EXPANDING AND IMPROVING COVERAGE

Because Of The ACA, 600,000 People In New Hampshire, Including 70,000 Children Will No Longer Face Increased Premiums Or Denial Of Coverage. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

10, 000 Granite Staters Up To Age 26 Got Healthcare Coverage Through Their Parents But Would Have Been Uninsured Otherwise Because Of The ACA. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

The ACA Meant 12,400 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved More Than $8m On Prescription Drugs Because Of The ACA And 150,000 NH Medicare Recipients Got Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

545,000 People in New Hampshire No Longer Had To Worry About Lifetime Dollar Limits On Health Benefits That Were Eliminated By The ACA. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

More Than 250,000 Women In NH Gained Access To Women’s Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA and, In 2014, Insurance Companies In The Individual And Small Group Markets Will No Longer Be Permitted To Charge Women Higher Rates. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

Estimated 81,000 People in New Hampshire Would Be Eligible For ACA Premium Tax Credits To Make Health Insurance More Affordable. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/5/13]

Because Insurance Companies Are Required To Spend 80% Of Every Premium Dollar On Health Care Under The ACA, More Than 15,000 NH Residents Will Receive More Than $1.1m In Refunds. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

JEANNE SHAHEEN IS WORKING TO IMPROVE THE HEALTHCARE LAW

Shaheen Was The First Democrat To Call For Extension Of The ACA’s Open Enrollment Period. “The Obama administration has faced growing pressure to extend the deadline to buy health coverage, especially since the problem-riddled launch of Healthcare.gov on Oct. 1. On Oct. 22, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire became the first Democrat to make that call. ‘Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options, and enroll,’ Senator Shaheen wrote in a letter to the White House.” [Christian Science Monitor, DC Decoder, 10/24/13]

  • HEADLINE: Sen. Shaheen Leads Push To Extend Insurance Enrollment Deadline [NHPR, 10/28/13]
  • HEADLINE: Shaheen is right on ObamaCare [Foster’s Daily Democrat, Editorial, 10/30/13]


Shaheen-Backed ACA Fix Would Prevent Policy Cancellations Through End Of 2015, A Year Longer Than Obama’s Plan. In November 2013 according to The Hill’s Healthwatch, Shaheen cosponsored legislation that would “let people keep their canceled health plans for longer than one year.” The legislation would let people keep their plans through the end of December 2015, unlike the president’s plan that would only allow for insurance to be kept through the end of 2014. [The Hill, Healthwatch, 11/14/13; GovTrack, S.1699, Introduced 11/13/13]

FACT: ANTHEM OFFERED THOSE WITH CANCELLED POLICIES IN NH THE OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW THEIR PLANS

HEADLINE: Anthem Extends Insurance Renewal Date For Second Time [NHPR, 11/26/13]

After Earlier Announcing It Would Allow Policy Holders To Renew Canceled Plans Through Middle Of November, Anthem Extended That Deadline To December 16. “Anthem Blue Cross says it’s extending the renewal date for canceled health insurance plans to December 16. Last month, the company sent cancelation notices to 22,000 New Hampshire customers because current plans didn’t satisfy stricter new protections in the Affordable Care Act. Customers looking to renew originally had until November 15 to start the process, though that deadline was pushed back to December 1. Today's announcement gives policyholders an additional two weeks.” [NHPR, 11/26/13]

FACT: ADDITONAL NORTH COUNTRY HOSPITALS WERE ADDED TO ANTHEM’S MARKETPLACE PLANS TO BRING HOSPITALS CLOSER

HEADLINE: Anthem responds to North Country concerns, adds AVH & LRH to network. “On Thursday, Sept. 5, Anthem decided to expand its network of hospital providers to three by adding two facilities: the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and the Littleton Regional Healthcare (LRH) in Littleton, which both offer obstetrical-maternity services, reported Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton. [Coos County Democrat, 9/11/13]

  • WOODBURN: Additional North Country Hospitals Address Prospect Of 3 Hour Drives For Pregnant Women. [Berlin Daily Sun, State Sen. Jeff Woodburn Op-Ed, 11/30/13]

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