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Thursday
Jul172014

NHGOP ASKS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO REVIEW ILLEGAL HASSAN CONTRIBUTION 

Special Interest Union PAC Made $25,000 Donation To Governor's Campaign

 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today asked Attorney General Joseph Foster to investigate an illegal contribution made by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) PAC to Governor Maggie Hassan's re-election campaign. According to documents filed with the Secretary of State's office, the Washington, DC based IBEW PAC broke the law by making a $25,000 donation to Hassan's candidate committee that dramatically exceeded New Hampshire's contribution limits. State law limits candidates like Governor Hassan who decline to follow an expenditure cap to $7,000 in combined donations for the pre-declaration of candidacy period, the primary election and the general election.

 

IBEW PAC is a special interest committee that is trying to buy influence in Concord and push elected officials like Governor Hassan to support the controversial Northern Pass project.

 

"It is troubling and alarming to see that a pro-Northern Pass special interest group funded by union bosses is illegally funneling money into Governor Hassan's re-election campaign. Attorney General Foster needs to immediately investigate Governor Hassan's illegal campaign activity and force her to follow the law," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Governor Hassan has attempted to play both sides in the ongoing debate over the controversial Northern Pass project. Her decision to accept illegal contributions from a pro-Northern Pass political action committee raises serious questions that she needs to answer."

 

Below is the full letter that the New Hampshire Republican State Committee sent to the Department of Justice this morning:

 

Attorney General Joseph Foster

New Hampshire Department of Justice

33 Capitol Street

Concord, NH 03301

 

Dear Attorney General Joseph Foster,

 

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I am writing today to respectfully request that you investigate an illegal contribution made by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) PAC to Governor Maggie Hassan's re-election campaign. According the IBEW PAC's June 18th, 2014 filing with the Secretary of State's office, the committee made a $25,000 donation to Friends of Maggie Hassan, dramatically exceeding New Hampshire's legal contribution limits (Exhibit A).
 

According to a February, 2012 opinion issued by the New Hampshire Department of Justice (Exhibit B) and currently posted on the NewHampshire Secretary of State's website, state law limits candidate contributions. This opinion mentions that RSA 664:4, V. "establishes contribution limits of up to $1,000 or up to $5,000 depending on whether a candidate voluntarily agrees to the expenditure cap established in RSA: 665:5-a." Relying on this language and prior opinions, the Department of Justice states that limits on contributions can be made during three periods: "(1) any exploratory campaign period (pre-declaration of candidacy); (2) Primary Election; and (3) General Election."

 

According to this opinion, candidates can accept up to $5,000 in pre-declaration contributions. Candidates who agree to the expenditure cap can accept donations of up to $5,000 in both the primary and the general. Candidates who don't agree to the expenditure cap can accept up to $1,000 in the primary in the general. The opinion clearly states that candidates who agree to the cap can receive a total maximum amount of contributions over all three periods of $15,000 while those who don't agree to the cap are held to a maximum of $7,000 in contributions.

 

On June 12, 2014 the IBEW PAC broke state law by donating $25,000 to Friends of Maggie Hassan, a candidate committee that supports the reelection of Governor Maggie Hassan. According to filings with the Secretary of State's office and a letter sent by Governor Hassan to Secretary William Gardner (Exhibit C), Friends of Maggie Hassan is a candidate committee that was suspiciously renamed "Maggie 14" the same day that IBEW made the illegal contribution.

 

"Please accept the attached form as an amendment to my current candidate committee, Friends of Maggie Hassan. The name is changed from 'Friends of Maggie Hassan' to 'Maggie 14,'" wrote Governor Hassan in a June 12, 2014 letter to Secretary Gardner. "'Maggie 14' will continue as my candidate committee."

 

Governor Hassan also officially filed her paperwork to run for re-election on June 12, 2014.

 

Since Governor Hassan has not agreed to adhere to the expenditure cap, based on the Department of Justice opinion the maximum amount of contributions the Hassan Campaign can receive over all three periods from the IBEW PAC is $7,000. The IBEW PAC's $25,000 contribution exceeds this limit by $18,000 and is clearly in violation of state law.

 

Additionally the IBEW PAC's filing raises very serious red flags that must also be investigated. The committee lists total receipts of $143,667.86, yet it fails to list a single itemized receipt. It is a mystery where this money came from.

 

Furthermore, the IBEW PAC filed its registration with the Secretary of State's office on June 17, 2014 (Exhibit D). Yet the committee's report indicates the illegal donation to Governor Hassan's committee was made on June 12, 2014 - five days before it filed its registration form and the same day that Governor Hassan officially became a candidate.

 

Clearly, Governor Hassan's committee and the IBEW PAC have deliberately exceeded New Hampshire's campaign contribution limits. The IBEW has also failed to follow the law by refusing to disclose its itemized receipts. In order to ensure public confidence in state government, I ask that you investigate these important matters immediately.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Thursday
Jul102014

Hemingway For Governor - MAGGIE HASSAN USES WOMEN AS POLITICAL PLOY

The “War on Women” is raising money off their fears 

Manchester, N.H. – Governor Maggie Hassan is doubling down on her misinformation tour in regards to women’s “reproductive health decisions.”  Since the United States Supreme Court ruled last week that the First Amendment ‘s Right to Religion trumps Obamacare’s “contraceptive mandate,” Governor Hassan has been trying to scare women with false claims and even tried to raise money off those unwarranted fears. 

In a fundraising appeal, Govern Hassan claimed the High Court’s decision would “deny women access to birth control.” In an appeal to sign a petition to Congress emailed yesterday Governor Hassan wrote, “I was shocked by the Supreme Court's decision last week to limit women's access to affordable birth control at their employer's discretion…It's within Congress’s power to restore comprehensive health care coverage to all women.”

 

“Using women as a political pawn is disgusting,” said NH Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway’s Campaign Manager, Alicia Preston.  “Telling a woman, if you don’t give me money or sign my petition or support me, your reproductive rights will be taken away—is extortion.  Maggie Hassan is extorting money off the false fear of women.  False fears she has given them.”

 

The fact is, now and even before Obamacare’s mandate, low income women were able to receive affordable or even free contraceptives from Medicaid.  For others, several clinics and organizations, including Planned Parenthood, made such products available.

 

“No woman who couldn’t afford birth control ever actually didn’t have access to it.  This is a political game plain and simple and women should be thoroughly offended at the idea we can’t think beyond our sexual interests.  Women are more than their reproductive organs and Maggie and her party’s obsession with this topic is repulsive,” Preston said. “Governor Hassan should spend as much time worried about the struggling economy, health care costs and flat-lined education as she does worrying about women’s sex lives.”

 

Andrew Hemingway has been campaigning on a solutions based platform and has released several plans that can be found on his website at www.andrewhemingway.com

Friday
Jun272014

NH HRA Comments on US Supreme Court ruling on unconstitutional buffer zones 

The House Republican Alliance released a statement today on the unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court that 35 feet buffer zones around some businesses are unconstitutional.  A similar law, SB 319, with buffer zones of 25 feet was recently signed into law in New Hampshire by Gov. Hassan after a bitter fight in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on the grounds of its constitutionality.  The House passed this bill just weeks ago by a mere 162 votes out of the 400 members due to members not being present.  The Governor then promptly signed the bill, showing her true commitment to the radical left pushing the bill.  The ruling today shows how out of touch our Governor is with the rest of the legal system as well as the citizens of New Hampshire. She, as an attorney, should have known that the SB319 was a blatant violation of the Constitution and should have waited for this ruling prior to signing the bill.

 
"The US Supreme Court's unanimous decision today simply confirms what the HRA members believed when they fought against SB 319, that it infringes on freedom of speech." stated JR. Hoell, Dunbarton. "Governor Hassan's signing of the bill must be either because she does not understand our constitutional rights, or has little regard for them.  "Free speech zones" that prohibit citizens from demonstrating or otherwise expressing their opinions in some locations are blatant affronts to our freedom  of speech. Yes, it's sometimes annoying, but democracy is messy and one person's convenience is no reason to limit another's right to speak out."
Friday
Jun202014

NHDP - Telegraph: Governor can point to solid accomplishments in past year 

Nashua Telegraph: Governor can point to solid accomplishments in past year

Telegraph Editorial

A calm and confident Gov. Maggie Hassan spelled out, in her usual careful and deliberate fashion, the state of the state Tuesday morning to a crowd assembled by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

Of course, the governor presented her official state of the state address to a joint session of the New Hampshire Legislature in February. So why two state of the state speeches just four months apart? The biggest difference between the two is that in February the governor spells out what she wants to do, while in June she recounts what she was able to accomplish.

On balance, it was a pretty good Legislative session for the first-term governor. For a second year in a row, she failed to get her coveted destination casino in southern New Hampshire. This time, though, the margin in the historically hostile House was the closest ever – one vote. That seemingly bodes well for the future, depending on the outcome of November’s elections. The casino question will likely be a prime topic of debate.

Otherwise, Hassan can point to a solid list of achievements that no doubt came to fruition thanks to her increasingly pragmatic management style. Perhaps the biggest difference between first-session and second-session Hassan was the thoughtful sophistication of her leadership skills.

During the 2013 legislative session, Hassan more often appeared to go public with her battles in hopes of building a groundswell of support. This past legislative session, she stepped away from the bully pulpit, choosing instead to put a greater emphasis on building bipartisan coalitions that allowed other key players to share credit.

There is perhaps no better example of that than Medicaid expansion. The first time around in 2013, Hassan took a hard line and made a public deal about it. In the process, she hardened opposition of some key Republicans she needed to get the measure passed.

This year, though, Hassan stayed out of the spotlight, choosing instead to work closely with Senate President Chuck Morris, of Salem, to address his concerns with the legislation. She smartly dovetailed those negotiations with convincing the Obama administration to grant federal waivers to make the whole thing work.

The Medicaid deal bodes well for Hassan’s re-election aspirations. While expansion has been a contentious partisan fight in other states, the governor can tout a compromise that addressed the need to provide health care insurance for more than 50,000 state residents while also addressing Republican concerns.

Hassan also can take credit for shepherding through the legislature the first gasoline tax increase in more than 20 years. Hassan countered potential criticism of the hike Tuesday by underscoring that a dependable transportation system is vital to the state’s economy.

The funds raised through the higher gas tax will pay for the widening of Interstate 93, which is crucial to generating untold millions of dollars in tourist revenues over the next few decades. Candidates who oppose her on the gas tax also will have to confront the fact that business interests were important supporters of the measure – including the Nashua chamber.

With the obvious caveat that anything can happen between now and the November general election, Hassan kicked off her re-election campaign Tuesday from a position of strength. That’s more than can be said of the four virtually unknown Republican candidates who filed for office last week.

Daniel J. Greene, Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway and Jonathan Smolin have a lot of work to do, and not much time to do it.

Friday
Jun202014

NHGOP PRESENTS: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND LIBERAL 

NHGOP PRESENTS: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND LIBERAL

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Pictured: Istanbul's Solar Beach

Concord - Meet Maggie Hassan, the Governor of New Hampshire who wines and dines on the taxpayers dime!  We'll chronicle her lavish and exotic trip to the nation of Turkey, where she'll hobnob with lobbyists and relax on the Sea of Marmara.   

 

How can Hassan afford such a fabulous lifestyle?  New Hampshire taxpayers are footing the bill, of course.  Undeterred by the travel freeze she put into place after failing to manage the state budget properly, Hassan departs for Turkey this Friday, and we'll be here to bring you all the details.

 

What fabulous sights will she see on her trip?  The Blue Mosque?  Topkapi Palace?  Hagia Sophia? Stay tuned for more Lifestyles of the Rich and Liberal!


"While the premise of this campaign is lighthearted, the issue at hand is anything but - Governor Hassan is ignoring the emergency policies she put in place because of her failure to manage the state budget by vacationing with lobbyists and fundraisers," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn.  "She is a do as I say and not as I do Governor, and our state deserves better than her hypocrisy. We look forward to replacing her with a responsible Republican who actually can manage our state's finances this fall."

BACKGROUND


As a candidate, Maggie Hassan promised to be a fiscally responsible governor committed to balanced budgets


"The former three-term senator from Exeter also pledged to be a fiscally responsible governor who would veto any sales or income tax and commit herself to a balanced budget." (Kathryn Marchocki, "Hassan promises state won't 'turn our back' on its people," New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/26/11)


As Governor, Hassan has failed miserably to manage the New Hampshire budget and has ignored the spending precedent set by Governor John Lynch


"A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor's Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office." (New Hampshire Watchdog, 6/13/2013)


Because of her reckless management of state finances, Hassan was forced to issue an Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel


"The state will freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel paid for with general funds after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved Gov. Maggie Hassan's executive order" (Gary Rayno, "State spending freeze locked in," New Hampshire Union Leader, 05/22/2014)


Unfortunately for New Hampshire residents, Governor Hassan believes that the spending freeze applies to everyone but herself, and demonstrates tremendous hypocrisy in preparing to take a taxpayer-funded vacation to turkey lobbyists


"Gov. Maggie Hassan is going forward with her long-planned trade mission to Turkey despite the state revenue dip that prompted her to freeze out-of-state travel. She makes an exception for her trip, saying it is worth the money even now. That position is undermined by the very figures her administration uses to promote the trip....There simply is no urgent need for the state to spend scarce tax dollars on a trade mission with the state's budget in such bad shape." (Editorial, "Hassan's trip: Quit it cold turkey," New Hampshire Union Leader, 06/02/2014)

 

"The delegation of business representatives headed for Turkey includes...former state representative and lobbyist Jim Demers, president and CEO at Demers and Blaisdell" (Dave Solomon, "GOP, conservative group take aim at Hassan over trip," New Hampshire Union Leader,06/03/2014)