Senator Jeanne Shaheen spent her week trying to explain reports in a Boston Globe story about her troubling financial interests, which conflicted with her vote for the $787 billion stimulus program and her and her husband's personal financial ventures.
The full Boston Globe article can be read HERE. In short, Senator Shaheen and her husband had a financial stake in a company that received federal stimulus funding. In addition, the senator's husband, who runs one of New Hampshire's most powerful lobbying firms, apparently operated a 'stimulus opportunities team' to help clients get federal money dolled out after our legislators in Washington enacted the stimulus program.
It is important to note that throughout the article, Senator Shaheen and her husband refused to answer multiple questions about these new revelations.
In reaction to Senator Shaheen's apparent conflict of interest, Charlton Copeland, the former chair of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and a professor at the University of Miami, said the report "absolutely is a concern." He continued by stating, "it raises questions because so much of the work of this kind of policymaking takes place outside of the specter of the public eye."
As the week progressed, Senator Shaheen faced more criticism, as statements in the Boston Globe article regarding stock options were inconsistent with her personal financial disclosure form. Due to media scrutiny, she was forced to amend her financial disclosure form by the end of the week.
The fact that Senator Shaheen and her husband might have financially benefited from her role as a US Senator, and her votes in Washington, is extremely concerning. Our state's senior senator has made every effort to hide from Granite Staters and has a record of fighting to silence groups that might shed light on her record. With reports such as those found in this week's Boston Globe, it is beginning to make more sense why she is putting so much effort into hiding from her constituents.