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DSCC - Redhampshire: NRSC Sets up Joint Fundraising Committee For Ayotte; Team Ovide Pounces

December 14, 2009Matt Suermann


James Pindell over at  NH Political Report has the scoop that Team Ayotte will once again be getting an assist from the NRSC when it comes to fundraising.  According to Pindell the joint committee, was set up as a joint fundraising committee along with Trey Greyson, current Kentucky Secretary of State.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee officially is not endorsing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte in her primary, but they did form a joint fund-raising committee with her and two other Senate candidates facing primaries.

The “Ayotte Grayson Victory Committee” will distribute money three ways: to Ayotte’s campaign, the NRSC, and Kentucky Senate candidate Trey Grayson, who faces a primary against Ron Paul’s son.

Of course officially, the NRSC has not endorsed Ayotte in the race and passed along the following statement reiterating that position.  They also previously hosted a fundraiser for Ayotte at their DC offices.

“The NRSC is willing to set up joint fundraising agreements with any of the Republican Senate candidates who are interested in doing so. These committees do not in any way indicate an endorsement from the NRSC, and as Senator Cornyn has stated, the NRSC will not spend money in any of the 2010 primary races,” said Amber Wilkerson Marchand.

Pindell also has a statement from Team Ovide courtesy of Jim Merrill, advisor to Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign.

“The creation by the NRSC of the ‘Ayotte Grayson Victory Committee’ once again shows how clearly the NRSC has anointed Kelly Ayotte as their preferred pick for Senate in New Hampshire, just as they have anointed Charlie Crist, Carly Fiorina and even Arlen Specter before he left the Republican Party. The facts are clear that, whether through hosting multiple fundraisers for the Ayotte campaign, deploying their Associate Political Director to work fulltime for the Ayotte campaign, Chairman Cornyn’s PAC making a maximum $10,000 contribution to the Ayotte campaign, or this joint NRSC/Ayotte fundraising venture, the NRSC and its leadership have picked sides in our New Hampshire primary. The NRSC would do well to recall the advice given to them in a Union Leader editorial earlier this year: ‘The party bosses in D.C. think they know better than the locals how to pick winning candidates. They don’t. They should butt out and let the people who actually live here decide.’ Regardless, Ovide will continue to focus every day on earning the endorsement of the voters of New Hampshire, and not the Washington establishment.”

I’m guessing this will be a narrative going forward in the Senate primary and should be an interesting distinction that will most likely be brought up in the conversation going forward.  Does this also signal an Ovide camp that will be a little more vocal in drawing contrasts with their opponents?  Of course the other question is, would Ovide, or other Senate candidates, consider joining the NRSC program in the future?


Legislators and Small-Business Owners to Speak Against New Income Tax Rules

Concord, NH – Legislators and small-business owners are rallying in opposition to the newly created income tax on small business owners, the so-called LLC Tax, and will testify Wednesday morning at the only public hearing to be held on this new tax. 

"Implementing a 13.5% income tax on small business owners, and doing so in the midst of a recession, will hurt small businesses and cripple their ability to create new jobs in New Hampshire," said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon.  "We stand with our state's small business owners in opposition to this new income tax and urge them to join us at Wednesday's hearing. We also invite Governor Lynch to attend the hearing and listen to the concerns of New Hampshire businesses.”

The following legislators and small business owners and advocates oppose or plan to testify against the small business income tax at the public hearing to be held Wednesday at 10 AM at the Department of Revenue Administration's training room, located at 109 Pleasant Street in Concord.

Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire

Senator Jeb Bradley

Senator Peter Bragdon

Cornerstone - Action

Andrew Hemingway, Owner of Online Sports Coaching, LLC

Representative David Hess

New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association

Andy Sanborn, Owner of the Draft Restaurant

Small Business Small Industry Association of New Hampshire

STEWARD of Prosperity



CHQ - Little to Celebrate on Bill of Rights Day (12/15/09)

The Vision of the Founders: Dead and Gone

Tenth Amendment Center (Kevin R.C. Guzman) - ("Editors Note: Tuesday, December 15th is Bill of Rights Day. But as Kevin Guzman, [co-author of Who Killed the Constitution?], points out in this article, it's not a day of celebration. Instead, it should be a day of mourning for the death of decentralized self-government.)

"No one today even pretends that the Bill of Rights serves its intended purpose of restraining the Federal Government. Quite the opposite. And the death of decentralized, election-based government is entirely lamentable." 

Read This Story at News From the Front

Other Articles at News From The Front:

Shall We Call Them 'Greenbaggers?'


CHQ Staff - "We'll see how much coverage CNN, NBC, and the others give to the arrests of whacko environmental radicals at the Copenhagen climate conference (no, Al Gore wasn't arrested)."

Down With Big Business and Crony Capitalism

Forbes (Congressman Paul Ryan) - "In 1979, Robert Bartley's editorial writing at the Wall Street Journal not only garnered a Pulitzer Prize, but also exposed a pernicious threat to free enterprise. In a piece titled 'Down With Big Business,' which focused on how General Motors was using its muscle and government  connections to squeeze out competitors, Bartley concludes we ought not rely on big business to defend free markets.

"Thirty years later, this crony capitalism is back with a vengeance, accelerated by an aggressive program by President Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership. It is wreaking havoc on economic recovery and fueling continued resentment among the American people."

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AFP - Code Red Rally - Wear Red 

Today is the day - Dec. 15 - of the Code Red Rally on health care. We hope to see you here in Washington, D.C., in Upper Senate Park at 1:30 p.m. wearing RED!

Or, if you cannot make it to Washington, go to YOUR local U.S. Senate office at 1:30 p.m. your time. Click HERE to find the district office nearest you.

Join Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., Sen. Jim DeMint, Laura Ingraham, AFP President Tim Phillips and our 15 coalition partners as we tell the Senate: "Hands off our health care!" The Democratic leadership is trying to get to a final vote this week, so the timing couldn't be better for us to take this stand.

If you cannot make it to Washington or to your local Senate office, please call your Senators' offices at 1:30 p.m. You can make a difference tomorrow!

Let's make sure they hear from all of us tomorrow.




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NRSC - Hodes, Democrat Leaders Prepare To Use Troop Funding To Raise Federal Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON – As a result of their political party’s out-of-control 2009 spending spree, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) and Democrat leaders are reportedly planning to use a spending bill that includes critical funding for America’s troops as a political tool to raise the federal debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion.

According to the Washington Post this weekend, “House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday that leaders were planning to raise the nation’s credit limit by at least $1.8 trillion, a much larger increase than Democrats had contemplated earlier this year.”

Politico recently reported that the Democrats will likely use “a pending $636.4 billion Pentagon appropriations bill that includes $128.3 in contingency funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan” as a vehicle to increase the debt limit.

 “As they struggle to pay for their reckless spending habits, it’s not surprising that Paul Hodes and Washington Democrats are seeking to hide a substantial increase in the national debt limit,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand. “However, Hodes and the Democrats should not use a piece of legislation that directly impacts our troops in harm’s way as a vehicle to disguise this controversial debate from the American people.”

According to Politico, Democrat leadership is anxious to pass the debt limit before New Year’s to avoid making their vulnerable incumbents face the issue leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.

 “Our troops deserve better from their elected officials – especially during a time of war. It is absolutely shameful that Hodes and the Democrats would use our men and women in uniform as political cover from their unpopular initiatives, and they will be forced to explain their maneuvering to the American people next November,” Wilkerson Marchand concluded.