Representative Renny Cushing, D– Rockingham 21, filed an election law complaint against Packing NH with the NH Attorney General’s office on February 25, 2015. A copy of the complaint was not provided to PackingNH; however, it is believed that, based on its original filing, Mr. Cushing asserted PackingNH was prohibited from making independent expenditures. On October 30, 2014, PackingNH sent mailers in opposition to Cushing and incumbent Democrats Ed Butler and Steven Shurtleff.
In a SeacoastOnLine article dated November 6, 2014, two days after Election Day, Cushing complained that the mailer paid for by PackingNH was “crazy” and "made-up stuff “. He added that “...the timing of the mailer’s delivery didn’t allow him a chance to publicly refute the claims. “
Cushing was forced into a recount after he tied with Republican challenger Ken Sheffert. During that recount, Cushing gained four votes on Sheffert due to the fact “the four votes came from ballots Sheffert challenged because they contained irregular or incomplete marks...Secretary of State Bill Gardner ruled those votes counted for Cushing.”
Consistent with and pursuant to NH RSA 664:3-I, PackingNH submitted an amended registration on November 12, 2014 along with its final statement of receipts and expenditures. Copies of both were sent to the Attorney General’s office yesterday evening and, following a telephone conversation with the Attorney General’s office this morning, the complaint against PackingNH will be dismissed.
During his testimony last Thursday before the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety in support of universal background checks for firearms, Cushing thanked PackingNH for elevating the issue of firearms to his attention. PackingNH is pleased to have been of service.