Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Senator Jeanne Shaheen's office, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's office on Wednesday. Copies have been mailed to the three aforementioned offices and were hand delivered to the district offices of Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter as well.
Our organization is seeking to obtain any and all emails and or correspondences to or from Senator Jeanne Shaheen and/or Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) to or from former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, former Commissioner Steve Miller, and/or former head of the tax-exempt groups Lois Lerner between the dates of January 1, 2009 - May 21, 2013.
This request was filed in response to the revelation on June 13, 2014 that two years of Lois Lerner's emails are lost as well as Senator Jeanne Shaheen's letter in 2012 to the IRS requesting greater scrutiny of tax-exempt organizations. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter also made public statements critical of tax-exempt conservative organizations.
On May 21, 2013, another organization filed a FOIA request with the IRS asking for all emails or written correspondences to or from IRS officials to several legislators, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen. According to an article by Kate Pavlich at Townhall.com published on May 16th, this request for information has been delayed six times at the request of the IRS.
In absence of the IRS's cooperation in this matter as well as statements that the IRS has "lost" many emails pertaining to this matter, even though Members of Congress are exempted from doing so, we are also asking for Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter to comply with our FOIA request. Their constituents deserve answers.
Freedom of speech and government transparency is something all Americans cherish. That is why last Friday's revelation that the federal government is now missing two years of emails from Lois Lerner after her efforts to single out conservative groups is so concerning. This, coupled with the continued stonewalling by the IRS regarding correspondences between their officials and Senator Jeanne Shaheen as well as written statements criticizing conservative groups by Congresswoman Shea-Porter, is why we believe the situation is worth looking further into.
Granite Staters deserve to know what their elected leaders in Washington knew about this scandal and if they had a role in advocating for targeting by the IRS. We patiently await a response to our FOIA request from the three aforementioned offices.
'DC for Shaheen': Senator Shaheen's attends a K Street fundraiser
On Tuesday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen attended a fundraiser at a K Street lobbying firm in Washington DC instead of holding a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.
In a blatant continuation of her decision to trade New Hampshire independence for Washington allegiances, the title of the fundraiser on the ActBlue website is actually "DC for Jeanne Shaheen."
On Friday, it was reported that Senator Shaheen was in Chicago for a "fundraising swing" as well.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen has voted 99% of the time with President Obama despite her 2008 promise to be a 'strong independent voice' for the Granite State. It has become all too clear that when Governor Shaheen became Senator Shaheen, she forgot about New Hampshire.
The harsh reality is that our state's senior senator refuses to hold town hall meetings or open forums with her constituents. However, she is all to eager to continue to give access to out-of-state donors and lobbyists. To make matters worse, Senator Shaheen has amplified her arrogance towards those whom she is expected to represent by attending a fundraiser titled 'DC for Jeanne Shaheen.' Granite Staters deserve a senator who cares about reflecting their values on Capitol Hill, not the other way around. This fundraiser on K Street is just another example of how Jeanne Shaheen is not that senator.
A waste of time: Shaheen and the Redskins
Last month, it was reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen was spending her valuable time in DC sending a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging an end to the Redskins' name. However, when it came to local New Hampshire high school teams, she refused to get involved in the naming 'controversy.'
As you might have heard, the U.S. Patent Office ruled this week that the Washington Redskins name and trademark must be canceled because it is 'disparaging.' It's good to know our state's senior senator is spending her time (hypocritically might we add) on such 'important' issues.