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Friday
Aug082014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON HASSAN RETURNING MORE ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS 

Hassan Has Now Returned $33,000 in Illegal Contributions Since Scandal Broke  

 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan returning $9,000 in illegal campaign donations from the Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC. This comes after Attorney General Joe Foster forced Hassan to return $24,000 in contributions from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC last week. 

 

"Governor Hassan has engaged in a troubling pattern of illegal behavior that has damaged her credibility and raised serious ethical questions about her administration. Once again she has been caught red-handed taking thousands of dollars in illegal contributions and putting the concerns of the special interests that are funding her campaign ahead of New Hampshire's interests. 

 

"The dark ethical cloud hanging over the Hassan Administration has undermined public confidence in state government and called Governor Hassan's integrity into question. It's time for the governor to come clean by disclosing any further illegal donations she may have received and immediately releasing her campaign finance reports.

 

"New Hampshire deserves a governor who isn't bought and sold by big unions who are trying to push their job killing agenda and impose the controversial Northern Pass project on the North Country. It's time to replace Governor Hassan with a responsible Republican who will put New Hampshire first."  

Friday
Aug082014

NH Sen. Martha Fuller Clark to join Governor Hassan for Farm-to-Plate Bill Signing 

Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) will join Governor Maggie Hassan and NH Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill on Friday, August 8th at the Tilton Farmers’ Market as the governor signs Sen. Clark’s Farm-to-Plate legislation. The signing will occur as part of  celebrating National and NH Farmers Market Week, and kicking off August Eat Local NH Month. 

WHO:             Governor Maggie Hassan, Sen. Martha Fuller Clark

WHAT:            Bill Signing for Clark’s Farm-to-Plate legislation

WHEN:           2:40PM August 8th, 2014

WHERE:        Tanger Outlets, 120 Laconian Road, Tilton, NH

Friday
Aug082014

NH Sen Forrester calls on Hassan to report on state spending 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Governor starts budget process in the dark, and possibly in the red 

Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today issued the following statement as Gov. Hassan instructed departments heads to begin the FY16-17 budget process. 

“It’s been more than a month since we closed the books on Fiscal 2014, but we still don’t know how much money our state agencies spent. That’s unacceptable. I renew my request for the Governor to provide a comprehensive update on state spending by department so that we can know the size of the budget problem we’re facing. Otherwise, we’re starting the next budget process in the dark, and possibly in the red.” 

The Nashua Telegraph reported on June 8th “state agency heads have already told Gov. Maggie Hassan and legislative leaders that they aren’t going to make their target to return $50 million of unspent money to the treasury.” 

Fiscal Year 2014 ended on June 30th

Forrester first requested an update on state spending on July 7th.

Thursday
Aug072014

NH GOP - WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT HASSAN'S ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CASH SCANDAL 

Weeks of Bad News for Maggie Hassan in Wake of Campaign Finance Scandal


 

Nashua Telegraph: "Disturbing...that unions thought there was something to be gained from making the contribution" "As troublesome as it is that Hassan accepted the $25,000 check in violation of campaign law, there's something even more disturbing: The idea that the unions thought there was something to begained from making the contribution at all." (Editorial, "NH donations blur distinctions," Nashua Telegraph, 8/5/2014)


 

Telegraph: "Some in the North Country believe the electrical workers were attempting to sway the governor's position on the Northern Pass transmission lines, a controversial proposal that would run through the state and carry power from Canada to Connecticut. Thus far, Hassan has said most of the line should be buried, but $25,000 is an amount that could, conceivably, change a politician's mind, even if she only got to keep $1,000 of it." (Editorial, "NH donations blur distinctions," Nashua Telegraph, 8/5/2014)

 

Telegraph: "It's fair to ask whether, having shown a willingness to take the big bucks from unions (or corporations), the governor or any politician of either party is in a position to say no when the donor calls and asks for support on a certain issue.  It's a safe bet they're at least going to take the call." (Editorial, "NH donations blur distinctions," Nashua Telegraph, 8/5/2014) 


 

New Hampshire Union Leader: "The people...deserve an explanation" "The AG's office needs to explain why Hassan can keep illegal donations and why the PACs were allowed to get away with making them. The people (and other campaigns) deserve an explanation so they know which illegal donations this attorney general will allow candidates to keep, which must be returned, and which will draw no punishment." (Editorial, "Dirty money? Hassan keeps felony donations," New Hampshire Union Leader 8/5/2014)


 

Union Leader: "None of the three union PACs was registered legally under state law when it donated to Hassan's campaign. Each one happened to donate to Hassan on the same day despite not being legally registered, then happened to remember to registerdays later. Though state law requires PACs to register with the state before spending $500 or more, Foster did not order all of the donations returned. Why not?" (Editorial, "Dirty money? Hassan keeps felony donations," New Hampshire Union Leader 8/5/2014)

 

Union Leader: "Foster himself determined on Friday that Gov. Hassan was the recipient of three union PAC donations made in violation of the law. He let her keep two and part of a third. As for the PACs, he sent them "cease and desist" letters, which merely declare "Don't do it again until you're legal," Rice said. But the PACs were already legal when the letters were sent, so there was no penalty for violating a state law that classifies any violation as a felony. (Editorial, "Dirty money? Hassan keeps felony donations," New Hampshire Union Leader 8/5/2014)


 

Concord Monitor: "A threat against the very nature of democracy" "The idea that an elected official can be bought and sold in America amounts to a threat against the very nature of democracy. That is where the anxiety of the electorate resides when it comes to political fundraising." (Editorial, "The Problems of Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)


 

Monitor: "When legal clarity regarding fund-raising is absent, however, the way a candidate or official interprets the law becomes important to voters. That is the slippery slope upon which Gov. Maggie Hassan finds herself..." (Editorial, "The Problemsof Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)

 

Monitor: "Hassan has a perception problem on her hands. A campaign's broad interpretation of campaign finance laws is akin to a child hearing only what he or she wants to hear, and the political damage can be significant." (Editorial, "The Problems of Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)

 

Monitor: "[I]t's possible that concerns about influence could enter the picture, and suddenly $25,000 has bought the campaign nothing but legal problems, anxiety for supporters and fuel for opponents who can spin the Hassan campaign's interpretation of law into something much more sinister." (Editorial, "The Problems of Money and Perception," Concord Monitor 7/23/2014)

Thursday
Aug072014

NHGOP FILES NH DOJ COMPLAINT ON MORE QUESTIONABLE HASSAN DONATIONS 

Asks Attorney General Foster To Recuse Himself Due To Conflict Of Interest

 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today asked the New Hampshire Department of Justice to investigate more questionable donations made to Governor Maggie Hassan's political committees. The complaint focuses on a 2012 $25,000 donation and a 2014 $10,000 contribution made by the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union PAC.

 

The NHGOP also asked Attorney General Joe Foster to recuse himself from this investigation given that he served on then-candidate Maggie Hassan's 2012 campaign finance committee and may have been involved with the questionable 2012 donation.

 

Last week the Department of Justice found that Hassan had accepted tens of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions from three Big Labor PACs that also broke the law.

 

The NHGOP's full complaint is below:

Attorney General Joseph Foster

New Hampshire Department of Justice

33 Capitol Street

Concord, NH 03301

 

Dear Attorney General Foster,

 

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I am writing today to respectfully request that you investigate another questionable contribution made to one of Governor Maggie Hassan's political committees.

 

In 2012, then-gubernatorial candidate Hassan filed a finance report with the Secretary of State on June 20th of that year reporting the receipts and expenditures of her political action committee Maggie 12'. Five days earlier on June 15, 2012, Hassan converted this PAC to a candidate committee when she officially filed her candidacy.

 

In this report (Exhibit A), Hassan lists a donation of $25,000 made on June 15, 2012 (the day Hassan filed) from "Plumbers and Steamfitters Local" of 161 Londonderry Turnpike in Hooksett. This donation resembles the illegal $25,000 contribution made by the IBEW PAC to Governor Hassan's re-election campaign on the day she filed for office in 2014. Your ruling last week determined that this contribution exceeded legal limits and $24,000 of it had to be returned.

 

Upon reviewing the filings of political action committees from the 2012 cycle, there is no registration for a PAC called "Plumbers and Steamfitters Local". However, a committee called "Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC" was registered that cycle at the same address (161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett) that was mentioned on Hassan's report (Exhibit B). The website http://www.ualu131.org  and media reports also confirm that UA Local 131 in Hooksett is also known and Plumbers and Steamfitters Union 131.

 

A Hassan press release indicates that the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 131 Union endorsed her campaign on July 12, 2012 (Exhibit C). In the press release David Pelletier, business manager for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 131, praised Hassan. Mr. Pelletier is also listed as the chairperson of the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC in documents filed with the Secretary of State.

 

However the filing for the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC indicates that it was not created until August 2, 2012 - nearly two months after this PAC allegedly gave candidate Hassan $25,000. Even more troubling, there is no mention of this $25,000 donation on any of the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC finance reports filed with the Secretary of State during the 2012 cycle (Exhibit D). The PAC filed reports on August 22, 2012, October 17, 2012 and November 14, 2012. The contribution simply doesn't exist on any of these reports.

 

Either the Hassan Campaign or the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC filed a false document given the discrepancy regarding the $25,000 donation. If in fact the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC did make the June 15th donation, they would have broken the law by waiting until August to file. Additionally, given the questionable nature of this donation, there are questions as to whether the Hassan Campaign received this check before or after she officially became a candidate.

 

It should also be noted that the Local Union 131 PAC subsequently refilled for the 2014 cycle and made a $10,000 contribution to the Governor's re-election campaign on June 12, 2014 (the day she filed.)

 

As the Nashua Telegraph said in an editorial dated August 5th, "As troublesome as it is that Hassan accepted the $25,000 check in violation of campaign law, there's something even more disturbing: The idea that the unions thought there was something to be gained from making the contribution at all." Given Governor Hassan's history of accepting illegal contributions, and the concern for, and potential of, undue influence stemming from such illegal contributions, we ask that the Department of Justice review both the 2012 $25,000 donation and the 2014 $10,000 donation to ensure that they are legal.

 

Additionally, I am asking you to recuse yourself from any involvement in this investigation. As you know, in 2012 you served on then-candidate Hassan's finance committee and helped her raise money during the time of the questionable contribution at issue. Given this connection to the 2012 donation, and your involvement in developing and guiding then-candidate Hassan's fundraising strategies and outreach, it would be best if you stepped aside in this matter in order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, and to ensure the continued confidence of New Hampshire residents. 

 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee