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Aug192014

NHDP - ICYMI: Disgraced Former Tea Party Congressman Frank Guinta’s Mystery “Business” Exposed 

New revelations reinforce Guinta’s pattern of ethical lapses and misconduct both in and out of office

MANCHESTER-- Disgraced former Tea Party Congressman Frank Guinta is once again in the spotlight for ethical lapses with new revelations reported by the Union Leader that Guinta’s mystery “business” is made up of top donors and has links to the mystery $355,000 loaned to his 2010 campaign that is still under FEC investigation.

“Disgraced former Tea Party Congressman Frank Guinta's shady business dealings only reinforce his alarming pattern of ethical lapses and misconduct both in and out of office,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Like his Tea Party record in Congress, Granite State voters won't let Frank Guinta get away with his record of misconduct that has earned him an FEC investigation and the title of 'Most Corrupt' by a government watchdog group.”

Criticism of Guinta’s shady “business” first came to light in March, when Business & Industry Association President Jim Roche called out the Tea Party and disgraced former Congressman for making false claims about the group that undermined New Hampshire’s actual business community. The recent Union Leader piece uncovers several troubling findings about Guinta's “business,” including:

  • CRONYISM: Guinta’s “business,” the Independent Business Council, “has an advisory board of about 30 business people, around two-thirds of whom have donated to Guinta's congressional campaign”
  • CASHING IN: Guinta refused to answer questions about whether the Independent Business Council charges dues or fees, and “did not work on any specific project” in exchange for compensation from CLD Consulting Engineers
  • MYSTERY MONEY CONNECTION: Guinta used a salary earned from 603 Advisors LLC, a “company run by his former congressional chief of staff,” to repay himself for his mysterious bank account loan, which is still under investigation by the FEC. Guinta continues to evade questions about the FEC investigation by citing a different investigation by the House Ethics Committee

Read the full Union Leader story here: http://www.newhampshire.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140817/NEWS06/140819235/-1/newhampshire1404&template=newhampshire1407

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