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AFP - These numbers are crazy!

In the spirit of tax season and March Madness, we launched our Pork-Barrel Spending Tournament yesterday to highlight all the ridiculous, wasteful spending that government pays for with your hard-earned tax dollars.

Thousands of AFP activists voted in the Swine Sixteen, and we've tallied the numbers!

Here are the pork-laden government spending programs that have advanced to the next round of voting -- the Extravagant Eight:

- TSA employees' $18 million unearned raise vs. $105 million loan to build an aquarium in Brazil

- $70 million in bonuses for IRS employees vs. $6.7 million on lavish General Services Administration conferences in Vegas

- $528 million loan to manufacture defective electric cars vs. $56 million on hundreds of conferences for the Dept. of Health & Human Services

- EPA's $28 million studies on swine manure vs. $34 million to build a fancy new military HQ in Afghanistan that no one is using


>> Vote TODAY to choose which wasteful spending programs should advance to the next round and come another step closer to being crowed Americans for Prosperity's official 2014 Champion of Pork!

We'll announce the next round of winners tomorrow.

Talk to you soon,

Americans for Prosperity

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 12th. Want to take your activism to the next level and help us with our efforts to cut wasteful government spending? Stay tuned -- we'll be in touch with more information later this week.



DNC - Wanna keep track of which Republicans hit the 2016 early states?

Today, the Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic Parties launched a joint project to keep tabs on which GOP 2016ers come to their states. Their “2016 Early State GOP Bingo” card will let you notch squares for each time the Republican hopefuls tout their out-of-touch agenda or make an offensive remark about a chunk of the population ahead of the 2016 primaries and caucuses.

The two Democratic Parties are teaming up to highlight that more than 15 months after the 2012 elections, Republican candidates are still blocking progress. They’re defending their government shutdown, restricting women’s health care choices and pushing tax cuts for the wealthiest – the same out of touch rhetoric and policies voters already rejected.

You can track the bingo progress at and at


AUFC - New Ad Campaign Appeals to NH Lawmakers To Support Medicaid Expansion

UPDATE: The targeted version of the radio ad that begins airing in NH tomorrow will now take to task State Sen. John Reagan, in addition to Sen. Andy Sanborn, for their vocal opposition to the Health Protection Program (SB 413).  Reagan’s flip-flop for and now against SB 413 was a cruel joke at the expense of the clear majority of state residents and all the Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, and small business owners who support this life and cost saving legislation – and only his extreme Tea Party fan base find it funny. Sen. Reagan deserves to be held accountable in the public square for playing political games with the health security of 42,000 Granite Staters.

Listen to the ad here:


§  BACKGROUND: Union Leader, Feb. 28: ‘After voting for it in committee, Sen. [John] Reagan says he opposes health care expansion compromise’

New Ad Campaign Appeals to New Hampshire Lawmakers to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover 42,000 Uninsured Granite Staters in Need and Keep Premiums Down for Everyone Else 


Too Many New Hampshire Families Are Living Sick and One ER Visit Away from Bankruptcy When They Don’t Have To, and the NH State Senate Has a Chance to Do Something About It This Week


Click Below to Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ :
Generic Version 

**Version Making Examples of State Sens. Andy Sanborn and John Rausch


Washington DCAmericans United for Change is hitting the radio waves in New Hampshire this week to echo the calls on state lawmakers from Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, and small business owners to expand Medicaid, because it’s a win-win for the state: healthier citizens and a healthier economy.  It comes as NH State Senate prepares to vote this week on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the at least 42,000 workers in the state who are not impoverished enough to qualify for Medicaid and earn too much to qualify for subsidies to get private insurance in the new health law’s Exchange.   The ad called ‘No Way to Live’ airing in Concord and Manchester reminds lawmakers of the added benefits of covering the working uninsured, including new jobs and lower premiums for everyone due to a significant reduction in uncompensated care at the ER. *See script and fact sheet below.  

The ad comes on the heels of a new poll out this week from New England College showing that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support the Health Protection legislation before the NH Senate, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure.  Last year, state Republicans narrowly blocked similar legislation in the NH Senate last year, claiming ‘sticker shock.’  It remains a very poor excuse today considering that the first three years are totally paid for by the federal government; and the additional spending starting in 2017 would amount to less than 3 percent more than what New Hampshire would have spent on Medicaid anyways in the absence of the health law.  The economic and health benefits for New Hampshire of accepting Medicaid resources far outweigh the marginal added costs years down the road.

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change “It’s unfortunate that New Hampshire Republicans decided last year they would rather stick it to the President than stick up for 42,000 of their uninsured constituents in need.  In the end, they only managed to stick it to the rest of their constituents in the form of higher premiums to cover emergency room care that would have otherwise been compensated.  Let’s hope this year these Republicans start listening to voices other than those from the Tea Party extreme and stop looking a gift horse in the mouth.  Before they vote on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program, these lawmakers should listen to Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who see nothing but positive economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these resources sitting on the table – resources that are guaranteed to save lives, money, and create jobs.”

Americans United recently ran a similar ad campaign in Nebraska, urging its state legislature to do right by their constituents by expanding Medicaid.


Americans United for Change is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including covering America’s uninsured and protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts.


Hemingway For Governor - Issues Call to Stop Common Core 

Urges the Passage of HB 1508

Manchester, NH – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway today issued a call for the quick passage of HB 1508, ending the state’s participation in Common Core. The House Education Committee will vote on HB 1508 next week.  

“As evidenced by the sheer number of parents that came out to support HB 1508 and oppose Common Core and the passion they demonstrated, Common Core is having a significant negative effect on our children’s education,” said Hemingway.  “Common Core substitutes tried and true educational process with an unproven top down mess that hurts our children and relegates our teachers to mere bystanders in the classroom.  Our campaign will state here and now that the most important person to make decisions for the classroom is the individual teacher. Why would anyone want to change that?”

Gov. Hassan made the support of Common Core one of the main points in her State of the State address on Feb. 6th. “It is clear that there can be no more of a fundamental difference between Gov. Hassan and myself,” Mr. Hemingway went on to say. “I believe in the rights of the parents, those who are responsible for their children and who pay the taxes which support public education.  Gov. Hassan believes in the right of the State through Federal coercive measures to dictate what and how your children learn.  She stands with the Government. I stand with the people.”


Lambert For Congress - Ann Kuster's Flip Flop Is Killing Small Business

In a recent interview with NHPR, Ann Kuster discussed the effects Obamacare is having on New Hampshire, but neglected to address the 22,000 Granite Staters who have lost coverage or are about to lose their jobs. However, she made one comment that will shock you.

During her interview, Ann Kuster stated that she "supports delaying the small business mandate for a year." However, in July of last year Ann Kuster was one of 160 Democrats who voted against a bill proposed by House Republicans that would enactthat very delay.

Col. Lambert asks her, "was she simply lying to listeners and constituents? Was the vote she cast to push the already unpopular mandate forward a vote she truly supported? Or was this another instance where she continues to play partisan games, keeping herself in President Obama's inner circle and popular among Democratic leadership?"

It is clear that Ann Kuster does not have the accountability or the credibility to represent New Hampshire. She continues to bump elbows with the Washington establishment while New Hampshire is struggling. We need change, and we need it now. Please visit and sign up today.

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