Citizens Report: Your Weekly E-Newsletter


Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Beginning this week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire started airing television and radio advertisements in New Hampshire State Senate Districts 3, 16, and 24, which are represented by Senators Jeb Bradley, David Boutin, and Nancy Stiles respectively.


The initial cable buys are steady, significant, and will run into June. The radio advertisement buys are heavy and focused on "drive-time" audiences.  

The television ad on Senator Bradley can be viewed HERE and the radio ad can be heard HERE.

The television ad on Senator Boutin can be viewed HERE and the radio ad can be heard HERE.

The television ad on Senator Stiles can be viewed HERE and the radio ad can be heard HERE. 

Senators Jeb Bradley, David Boutin, and Nancy Stiles have consistently tried to pull the wool over their constituents' eyes. They pretend to be conservative, but they have voted like liberal Democrats on important issues such as Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. 

To make matters worse, Senator Bradley is attempting to limit groups like Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire from educating Granite Staters on the true nature of our representatives' records with the passage of Senate Bill 120. He hopes that by silencing organizations like ours, he can continue to be a wolf in sheep's clothing and provide cover for individuals like Senator Boutin and Senator Stiles who even voted to increase our state's gas tax by 23%. That's wrong. New Hampshire residents deserve to know the truth about their legislators' voting records.  Our elected officials, whether they are in Concord or on Capitol Hill, understand that we will praise them when they vote for policies that limit government, cut taxes, and grow the economy - but when they vote contrary to those ideals like Senators Bradley, Boutin and Stiles have done, we have no qualms about criticizing them either.

Both WMUR and the NHJournal reported on our new radio and television advertisements. 

State House Votes to Limit Free Speech


On Thursday, the New Hampshire State House passed Senate Bill 120. The bill would redefine what is acceptable speech, expand the definition of political action committees, and alter registration requirements for them as well.

Senate Bill 120 broadly redefines what is a political action committee and does not differentiate between issue advocacy and express advocacy. This broadened status would greatly expand who and what would be regulated and diminish free speech in New Hampshire. It also is contrary to decisions already made by the United States Supreme Court.
Additionally, the fiscal impact of both the Senate and House Amendments have not been studied, leaving New Hampshire citizens without any idea what these changes will mean for increased costs of regulation and likely litigations.

The Union Leader even editorialized against SB 120, which you can read HERE
We are truly disappointed, that in the "Live Free or Die State," our legislators would vote to drastically restrict the rights of citizens to have their voice heard in the public square. With this bill, it is abundantly clear that those advocating for its passage are trying to diminish the ability of groups like ours from educating their constituents on their votes. That's not just wrong, but it's unconstitutional.

If signed into law, SB 120 will fly in the face of decisions already ruled upon by the United States Supreme Court. The bill will now head to the New Hampshire State Senate for consent to the amendment. We encourage them to reject the legislation immediately.
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