Sends Letter Requesting Information Including Dates, Costs, and Purpose of Recent Political Travel
Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley sent the following letter to Kelly Ayotte amid reports of her extensive political travel, including an upcoming trip to Missouri to co-headline an event with Rick Santorum.
Chairman Buckley writes in the letter, “We formally request any information about the costs and who paid for these political trips in the interest of transparency, as well as any information about other political travel you have undertaken in order to promote yourself as a potential Vice Presidential candidate.”
Chairman Buckley’s full letter is included below:
The Honorable Kelly Ayotte
United States Senate
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Ayotte,
We write to respectfully request any information including dates, costs, and purpose of your extensive political travel outside of New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
It’s no secret that you are seeking to position yourself for a Vice Presidential nomination with an aggressive political travel schedule to try to raise your national profile.
Particularly given the many legal and ethical questions surrounding your Utah “destination fund-raiser” at the ski home of a lobbyist with business before one of your committees, we believe it’s important for the people of New Hampshire to know where and when you are traveling for political purposes and who is picking up the bill.
Your extensive political travel that we are aware of due to media reports includes a trip to Iowa to campaign for Tea Party senate candidate Joni Ernst and a trip to Missouri later this month where you will appear at the 2015 GOP Reagan Lincoln Days event, which is being co-headlined by Rick Santorum.
We formally request any information about the costs and who paid for these political trips in the interest of transparency, as well as any information about other political travel you have undertaken in order to promote yourself as a potential Vice Presidential candidate.
New Hampshire Democratic Party