Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to fully address unanswered questions about her shady financial interests. The Boston Globe today reported that Senator Shaheen and her husband refused to answer questions about their financial stake in a company that received federal stimulus funding. Shaheen voted for the wasteful $787 billion stimulus boondoggle and her husband Billy runs a prominent lobbying firm that operated a "stimulus opportunities team" to help clients get federal money.
"Today's report raises very serious ethical questions about Senator Shaheen's finances and a conflict of interest involving her husband's lobbying firm. Senator Shaheen has long championed the wasteful stimulus boondoggle, and it's troubling to learn that she financially benefited from a company that received stimulus funding," said NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn. "Billy and Jeanne Shaheen's refusal to answer basic questions about their involvement with this company raises even more concerns and shows that they may have something to hide. In order to uphold public confidence in her office, Shaheen needs to openly and transparently answer questions about this issue."
"The Shaheens declined multiple requests for interviews and would not answer most detailed questions about their investments and connection to the firm," reported The Globe.
Non-partisan ethics watchdogs have raised questions about the red flags raised by Shaheen's potential conflict of interest.
"'It absolutely is a concern,' Charlton Copeland, former chair of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and a professor at the University of Miami told the Boston Globe. 'It raises questions because so much of the work of this kind of policymaking takes place outside of the specter of the public eye.'"
Shaheen has also advocated for transparency in government, making her refusal to answer basic questions about this company even more troubling.
"Transparency is a foundational principle of our democracy," said Shaheen in a May, 2013 press release." Secrecy in our government should be limited, and used only when absolutely necessary to protect our national interest."