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Strong NH - Embattled Shea-Porter Super PAC Ally Indicted 


Reminder of her Hypocrisy on Campaign Finance Issues

"Shea-Porter loves to trumpet her opposition to PACs, but her hollow claim is downright laughable." 

MANCHESTER - Carl Gibson, a Super PAC ally of former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), was indicted yesterday on voter suppression charges. It is a reminder of her hypocrisy on the subject of campaign finance.

Carl Gibson helped run an vitriolic attack campaign in New Hampshire's First Congressional District in 2012 that benefited former Congresswoman Shea-Porter's political ambitions. The Super PAC he worked for, CREDO, launched a "$3 million campaign" that year and targeted NH-01. Their current website still claims victory for their success in New Hampshire in 2012.

While there are many sources to show how involved Gibson was with CREDO Super PAC's efforts to support Shea-Porter, it can best be summarized in a lengthy opinion piece he wrote in November of 2012.

Shea-Porter alleges that she does not accept contributions from PACs and has repeatedly called for her opponents to jointly ask Super PACs to stay out NH-01. However, former Congresswoman Shea-Porter never once asked CREDO to stop efforts that benefited her campaign in 2012. In fact, she went so far as to hypocritically support CREDO Super PAC's efforts in a Union Leader interview when she said, "I don't care what they do on the ground," ... "but advertising should be off limits, as should automated telephone calls."

As reported by WMUR-TV, according to authorities, Gibson issued a fake press release last May that left an impression with voters that a special election was uncontested. The Attorney General's Office said Carl Gibson, 28, sent a release to various news outlets days before the special election. The release stated that a candidate, Yvonne Dean-Bailey, was dropping out the race, which was not true. Gibson is charged with two felonies: voter suppression and attempted voter suppression. The maximum sentence is three-and-a-half to seven years and a $4,000 fine.

Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"Carol Shea-Porter loves to trumpet her opposition to PACs, but her hollow claim is downright laughable. The reality is the former congresswoman is only opposed to those organizations that are not working to further her own ambitions. The indictment of embattled Carl Gibson, an ally of the former congresswoman who worked for a group that spent millions of dollars to benefit liberals like her, is the perfect reminder of her blatant hypocrisy."

Watchdog - Maine: Sometimes success takes time  



Watchdog's victory for accountability in Maine: Sometimes success takes time

Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slowly, but in the case of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, they would not have started turning at all had it not been for a Watchdog report from 2010. The investigation exposed an egregious case of influence-buying by Pingree, and now, five years later, the Federal Election Commission has finally ordered her to make amends for violating campaign finance law.  


Read more about how Watchdog reporting led to action from the FEC

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Our Watchdog reporters have written many stories over the years that triggered immediate action, but sometimes the impact of our work to hold government accountable isn't seen right away.

This was the case recently with a Watchdog story from 2010 that resulted in a nearly $23,000 federal fine against a leading campaign finance reform advocate caught in a stunning act of hypocrisy. It started when Watchdog exposed Congresswoman Chellie Pingree catching luxury flights in her billionaire boyfriend's corporate jet, even as she railed against such abuses and attacked members of Congress for acting like "the fat cats of Wall Street." Now, five years later, the FEC has ordered Pingree - former president and CEO of the campaign finance reform advocacy group Common Cause - to pay for the flights and slapped her with a fine for violating the very campaign finance laws she supports.

Investigative journalism is often a long, arduous process, but this story is one of those encouraging reminders that we must always be vigilant in holding our elected officials accountable.

Best regards,

Erik Telford


Cruz For President - Congress should investigate and defund Planned Parenthood 


HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding recent reports that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts of aborted babies:

“Today’s news regarding allegations that Planned Parenthood is possibly selling the body parts of the babies it has aborted is sickening.

“There is no place for taxpayer funding of organizations that profit from taking away innocent life, much less profiting off the bodies of the lives they have stolen. Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities regarding the sale and transfer of aborted body parts, including who is obtaining them and what they are being used for. And it should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure that its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.

“I proudly stand on the side of life and remain committed to fighting for all innocent life to be valued and protected under the laws of this nation.”



Party Violated Federal Elections Campaign Act


Concord - Citing a "series of reporting errors" and multiple violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined the New Hampshire Democrat Party $4,375. The FEC fine follows actions taken last year by the New Hampshire Department of Justice against Governor Maggie Hassan's reelection campaign after it accepted $33,000 in illegal campaign contributions


"Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Democrat Party have exhibited a troubling pattern of illegal behavior and a complete disregard for state and federal campaign finance regulations. As the senior Democrat elected official in New Hampshire, Governor Hassan needs to take responsibility for this unethical conduct and explain why her political operation continues to break the law," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.


The Department of Justice forced Hassan to return all of her illegal campaign contributions to the big money, special interest political action committees that were attempting to buy influence over her administration.



ALG - New Attorney General should investigate Clinton, Uranium One 


April 24, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to investigate the Clinton Foundation's ties to the Russian company, Uranium One, which donated millions to the foundation, seemingly in exchange for a lucrative U.S. uranium contract:


"Loretta Lynch's first act as Attorney General should be to launch a full-scale investigation of the Clinton Foundation's ties to the Russian company, Uranium One. The appearance that Hillary Clinton sold approvals to foreign governments puts a stain on every foreign policy decision she made as Secretary of State. The national security team had to know about this, and went along with it, and the notion that President Obama knew nothing is simply unbelievable. Our national security is now for sale."


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