"Senator Jeanne Shaheen's obvious and brazen attempt to coordinate with Senator Harry Reid's outside money Super PAC raises very serious ethical and legal concerns that must be addressed," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Given Senator Shaheen's obvious intent, we are requesting that the Federal Election Commission investigate the extent to which the Shaheen Campaign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Majority PAC are working together to coordinate their dishonest political attacks. It is essential that the FEC thoroughly investigate Shaheen's shady Super PAC coordination scheme to ensure public confidence in our election laws."
The State Committee's compliant requests that the FEC review all phone logs, emails and written documents that show communication between representatives of the Shaheen Campaign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Majority PAC. It also asks the FEC to investigate any direct communication between Senator Shaheen and Senator Reid about their coordinated outside money smear campaign.
This week, the Shaheen campaign posted dishonest talking points targeting a New Hampshire Republican senate candidate. Under the headline, "An important message for New Hampshire," the Shaheen campaign also posted a suggested script for an attack ad and a link to stock images of Senator Shaheen.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that the ad released by the Senate Majority PAC today adopts the same messaging used on Shaheen's website and even includes an identical citation from her talking points.
Washington Democrats telegraph information they want included in Senate Majority PAC ads using the same "important message" code wording that Shaheen used.
On April 11th, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter tweeted "Impt msg for NC voters" followed by a link to dishonest talking points attacking a Republican candidate challenging North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan.
On April 15th, the Washington Post reported that Senate Majority PAC released an ad parroting the dishonest talking points. On April 7th, DSCC Press Secretary Justin Barasky tweeted "IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ARKANSANS" followed by dishonest talking points targeting Congressman and Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton. On April 16th Senate Majority PAC released an ad that mirrored the "important message" communicated by the DSCC.