Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today formally responded to the Hassan Campaign's defense of the governor's illegal campaign contribution scheme. The response was delivered to the New Hampshire Department of Justice this morning.
"Governor Hassan's illegal campaign contribution scheme has raised very serious questions about the priorities and integrity of her administration. It is clear that Governor Hassan has repeatedly and intentionally ignored contribution limits and solicited limitless donations from special interest groups." said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Governor Hassan believes that it is acceptable for her to sit in the corner office in Concord and take unlimited amounts of money from special interest groups that have business before state government. This is a clear violation of New Hampshire laws and shows that the Hassan Administration is beholden to special interests that are trying to buy influence in Concord."
Hassan has accepted donations from Big Labor PACs that dramatically exceed New Hampshire's campaign contribution limits, including a $25,000 contribution from that International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union that is pushing for lawmakers to support the North Pass transmission line project.
The left-leaning Concord Monitor editorial page criticized Hassan's decision to accept the illegal contributions.
"[R]egardless of the decision arrived at by the attorney general's office, Hassan has a perception problem on her hands. A campaign's broad interpretation of campaign finance laws is akin to a child hearing only what he or she wants to hear, and the political damage can be significant," wrote the Monitor. "[S]uddenly $25,000 has bought the campaign nothing but legal problems, anxiety for supporters and fuel for opponents who can spin the Hassan campaign's interpretation of law into something much more sinister."
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