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Wednesday
Sep102014

EMILY’s List Congratulates Democrats Great Victories in Uncontested Races!

EMILY’s List Congratulates Jeanne Shaheen On Advancing To The General Election For U.S. Senate In New Hampshire

Proven Leader Key To Holding Senate Majority

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on advancing to the general election to continue serving New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.

 

“The U.S. Senate needs Jeanne Shaheen’s continued leadership on addressing gender discrimination in pay, protecting women from violence, and expanding economic opportunity for families across the country,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She has established an extraordinary record of service to New Hampshire, while Scott Brown struggles to remember his voting record – and even what state he’s running to represent. The EMILY’s List community of over three million members is proud to stand with Jeanne Shaheen and New Hampshire women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

EMILY’s List Congratulates Carol Shea-Porter On Advancing Through The Primary For New Hampshire’s First Congressional District

First Woman To Represent New Hampshire in Congress Poised To Serve Fourth Term

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Rep. Carol Shea-Porter on advancing to the general election to continue representing New Hampshire’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

“Carol Shea-Porter made history as the first woman to represent her state in Congress, where she has been a fierce advocate for education, investment in job-creating infrastructure projects, and access to healthcare,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She fights tirelessly for New Hampshire women and families who just want a fair shot, and helping her win reelection to continue her work is critical. The EMILY’s List community of over three million members is proud to stand with Carol Shea-Porter as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

EMILY’s List Congratulates Annie Kuster On Advancing Through The Primary For New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District

First Woman To Represent District Poised To Serve Second Term

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Rep. Annie Kuster on advancing to the general election to continue representing New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

“Annie Kuster is a champion for education and healthcare who fights to break through the gridlock in Congress for New Hampshire families that just want a fair shot,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She broke a glass ceiling to become the first woman to represent her district in the House, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is excited to stand with Annie Kuster and New Hampshire women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

EMILY’s List Congratulates Maggie Hassan On Advancing Through The Primary For Governor of New Hampshire

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Gov. Maggie Hassan on advancing to the general election to continue serving as Governor of New Hampshire.

 

“Maggie Hassan is an outstanding governor who has secured a bipartisan budget with a surplus and worked to expand economic opportunity for all New Hampshire families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Helping reelect Maggie is absolutely critical – she is the only Democratic woman governor in our country, and proof why we need more women in executive leadership positions. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is thrilled to stand with Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

 

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run, and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. During the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of our growing community — now more than three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.

Tuesday
Sep092014

NHDP - NHDP Statement on the Nashua Telegraph's Decision Not to Endorse Either Candidate in the GOP Gubernatorial Primary 

Manchester, NH-- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement on the Nashua Telegraph editorial board's decision not to endorse either candidate in the Republican Gubernatorial primary: 
 
“The Nashua Telegraph editorial board's non-endorsement in the GOP gubernatorial primary represents a major blow for failed CEO Walt Havenstein. The Telegraph editorial board declined to endorse conservative activist Andrew Hemingway or failed CEO Walt Havenstein because neither could offer a compelling reason that would 'justify removing' Governor Hassan, reinforcing her strong record of working across party lines to get things done for New Hampshire's people, businesses and economy."
 
"The hometown paper of BAE Systems added that they were 'not convinced' that Havenstein has the experience that New Hampshire needs, nor was the paper impressed by his so-called economic 'plan', which uses misleading jobs numbers and would cause a $90 million hole in the state budget to give tax breaks to big businesses."
 
“The Telegraph's non-endorsement only reconfirms that Granite Staters support Governor Hassan's bipartisan problem-solving that's moving New Hampshire forward and have no interest in Havenstein's anti-middle class Koch Brothers agenda that would run New Hampshire's economy into the ground just like he did to SAIC." 


Click here to see the Nashua Telegraph's full editorial

Sunday
Sep072014

NHDP - FACT CHECK: Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Launches Desperate, Misleading Ad Attacking Governor Hassan 

Havenstein Falsely Blames Governor Hassan for Fifteen-Year Old National Trend in Manufacturing and Export Data Given by Federal Government
 

Havenstein’s Claim that He’ll be Straight with Granite Staters Proven False Multiple Times in the Last Week Alone

 
Manchester, NH—Following his disastrous performance in WMUR’s Granite State Debate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s desperation is showing through as he launches a misleading ad attacking Governor Hassan.
 
In the ad, Havenstein tries to blame Governor Hassan for a fifteen-year old national trend in manufacturing and export data provided by two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Census Bureau. Havenstein also makes the laughable claim that “I’ll always be straight with you,” which has been proven false multiple times in the last week alone.   
 
“Walt Havenstein trying to blame Governor Hassan for federal data and a fifteen-year old national trend in manufacturing is the height of desperation,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “It’s hard to imagine how Havenstein could say with a straight face that he’ll ‘always be straight’ with Granite Staters, considering that in the last week alone it was revealed that his so-called economic ‘plan’ is built on accounting gimmicks and he has consistently tried to have it both ways on nearly every issue including, expanding health coverage and a woman’s right to make her own health decisions.”
 
“Not to mention that Maryland taxpayers would certainly object to Havenstein’s phony claims that he’s a straight-shooter, as he continues to fight the bill for the thousands of dollars he owes for taking improper tax breaks,” added Lesswing.
 
Havenstein’s so-called economic “plan” uses misleading numbers and unsound methodology to calculate the current rate of job-creation in an attempt to hide the fact that New Hampshire’s economy is already on pace to create 25,000 jobs in less time than he proposes.
 
In Friday’s WMUR Granite State Debate, Havenstein continued trying to have it both ways on health care issues, even after he signed the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for repealing health coverage for 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.
 
And despite Havenstein’s repeated doublespeak on women’s health, he can’t deny that he supports the Hobby Lobby decision allowing bosses to deny contraception coverage and he confided to his far-right backers that he supports restrictions on a woman’s right to make private, personal health decisions.
 
Also last week, reports emerged that Havenstein is trying to play the victim as he fights paying the thousands he owes for misleading the State of Maryland on his taxes, even though he swore under oath multiple times that he was a principal resident of Maryland in order to receive thousands in tax breaks that he wasn’t allowed to take under law.
 
"After all his political doublespeak the last thing Granite Staters can do is trust failed CEO Walt Havenstein. He has proven that he will say and do anything to protect his own interests, and his desperate, misleading ad won't fool the people of New Hampshire," added Lesswing.
 
FACT CHECK:
 
HAVENSTEIN FALSELY BLAMES GOVERNOR HASSAN FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S EXPORT DATA
Havenstein falsely blames Governor Hassan for "export data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Commerce," and ignores the fact that the data showed "significant amount of export growth in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing of electric machinery, surgical instruments and defense-related parts, as well as in the food and beverage industry... sometimes even triple-digit growth." [Business NH Magazine, 7/15/14]
 
As DRED Commissioner Jeffrey Rose explained, "The US Department of Commerce uses a complex methodology to measure exports and their growth – methodology that has been in place for decades and which determines the value of each state’s activity in the global marketplace. The data provided is the accepted measure of exports by state and federal agencies, as well as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. By using the Origin of Movement (OM) series, the Department of Commerce determines the breakdown of over $2 trillion in exports. The OM can be the location of where the item was produced or the location of a distributor, warehouse or cargo processing facility. New Hampshire export statistics credit the movement of oil into the state, just as another state receives credit for millions of dollars’ worth of components produced in New Hampshire." [Blog Post by Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, NHeconomy.com]


HAVENSTEIN TRIES TO BLAME GOVERNOR HASSAN FOR FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD NATIONAL MANUFACTURING TREND
According to The Century Foundation, “American manufacturing employment had been in a nonstop slide since 1998, and far more manufacturing jobs were lost in the pre-crash 2000s than after the crash.” However, the report adds that while the “growth in manufacturing since 2009 has been lower than for service jobs […] it’s faster now than it was in the boom-time 1990s.” [The Century Foundation, Accessed 9/6/14] Not to mention that Havenstein signed a pledge to support the Koch Brothers agenda – the same Koch Brothers who have helped lead the way in exporting American jobs. [American Bridge, Accessed 9/2/14]
  
HAVENSTEIN’S “PLAN” DISTORTS JOB CREATION NUMBERS IN ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD VOTERS; HIDES FACT THAT NH IS ALREADY ON PACE TO CREATE 25,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS 
Havenstein not only cherry-picked seasonally-adjusted jobs number to calculate New Hampshire’s current rate of job creation, but he also incorporates government job losses to drive the number down to his claimed 4,500 figure.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ own guidance, “annual average estimates are calculated from the not seasonally adjusted data series.” Meaning the most accurate number of private sector jobs created from June 2013 to June 2014 is 10,400 (non-seasonally adjusted, non-government jobs). By this measure, New Hampshire’s economy is already on pace to exceed Walt’s target in the same amount of time.
 
For full New Hampshire employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics see below or here
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs
June 2013: 649,300
June 2014: 658,500
Change:  +9,200
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted government jobs
June 2013: 88,400
June 2014: 87,200
Change: -1,200
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted private sector jobs (total non-farm minus total government jobs)
June 2013: 560,900
June 2014: 571,300
Change: +10,400 jobs
 
HAVENSTEIN SUPPORTS LIMITING ACCESS TO “LIFE-SAVING” ASPECT OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE
“Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing.” [Concord Monitor Editorial, 7/2/14]
 
HAVENSTEIN CONFIDED TO REPUBLICAN BACKERS THATHE IS PRO-LIFE
The Union Leader reported on Havenstein’s stance on women’s issues saying, “‘It’s his first campaign mistake,’ said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification.” [Union Leader, 4/21/14]
 
HAVENSTEIN SIGNED AFFIDAVITS THAT HIS PRIMARY RESIDENCE WAS IN MARYLAND TO RECEIVE TAX CREDITS, THEN ASSERTED BEFORE BLC HE’D ALWAYS LIVED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
“Havenstein will be billed for several years of back taxes after officials in Maryland said he accepted tax breaks he shouldn’t have. In 2007, Havenstein signed a pair of affidavits pledging that his primary residence at the time was in Maryland, and for four years, he received tax credits known as the homestead exemption. But upon entering the race for governor, Havenstein asserted that he has always lived in New Hampshire, and the state Ballot Law Commission ruled in his favor. Revenue officials in Maryland told News 9 that Havenstein shouldn’t have accepted benefits in that state.” [WMUR, August 20, 2014]
 
Friday
Aug292014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON SCHOOL CHOICE COURT RULING 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding the New Hampshire Supreme Court's ruling on school choice:

 

"We are pleased that the court's decision will allow this worthy program to continue to benefit New Hampshire children.

"Education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. The School Choice Bill has leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.

"Governor Hassan has waged an assault on school choice and demonstrated a callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community. It is obvious that Granite Staters are supportive of this critical program and it's time for the governor to stop her reckless and partisan attempts to destroy it." 

Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP Asks Attorney General to Launch Immediate Investigation into Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Multiple Campaign Finance Violations 

Serious Violations Found in Havenstein’s August 20th Filing Come in the Wake of Havenstein’s Ongoing Maryland Tax Evasion Scandal 
 
Manchester, NH—The New Hampshire Democratic Party today requested that Attorney General Joseph Foster launch an immediate investigation into the multiple campaign finance violations committed by failed CEO Walt Havenstein and several of his major contributors. The serious violations found in Havenstein’s August 20th filing come in the wake of Havenstein’s ongoing Maryland tax evasion scandal, which is now in its 57th day. 
 
"Given failed CEO Walt Havenstein's history of doublespeak, tax evasion, and scandals, no one should be surprised by his hypocrisy when it comes to campaign finance," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. "Havenstein's multiple violations of New Hampshire campaign finance law are just the latest example of his scandal-ridden failed leadership and lack of integrity. The only question now is: what will Havenstein say to try to avoid accountability this time?"
 
As detailed in the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s letter to the Attorney General, “the Havenstein campaign violated New Hampshire campaign finance law by accepting improper PAC contributions; by spending $24,000 on campaign activities prior to registering with the Secretary of State’s office; and providing inadequate contributor information contrary to New Hampshire campaign finance law disclosure requirements.”
 
“From pledging to repeal health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters despite cashing in on contracts to implement thelaw as CEO, to his failure to stop a fraud scandal that cost taxpayers $500 million under his watch at SAIC, and now his multiple campaign finance violations, Havenstein has proved again and again that he can't be trusted to look out for the priorities of the people of New Hampshire," added Buckley.
 
The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s full letter to the Attorney General is included below or here:
 
August 26th, 2014
 
Dear Attorney General Foster:
 
            I write to bring to your attention three serious potential violations of New Hampshire campaign finance law by Republican gubernatorial candidate Walter Havenstein and several of his major contributors, and ask that you launch an immediate investigation.
 
            It appears, the Havenstein campaign violated New Hampshire campaign finance law by accepting improper PAC contributions; by spending $24,000 on campaign activities prior to registering with the Secretary of State’s office; and providing inadequate contributor information contrary to New Hampshire campaign finance law disclosure requirements.
 
            Specifically, the New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP) urges that the Attorney General’s Office find contributions by two, unregistered out-of-state Federal PACs to be in violation of RSA 664:4.The NHDP also requests that Mr. Havenstein’s campaign be ordered to comply with campaign finance disclosure requirements and for your office to find a violation on account of the strict prohibition on unregistered campaign spending, along with calling for an appropriate remedy to that violation.
 
            Mr. Havenstein’s campaign finance violations fall into three categories and each is summarized below:
 
1.     Acceptance of Contributions from Unregistered Out-of-State PACs.
 
                  Mr. Havenstein’s campaign report states that he has benefitted from unlawful contributions made by Rogers for Congress – a Federal PAC apparently belonging to a Michigan Congressman, and an entity called Fund for American Opportunity, a Federal leadership PAC affiliated with former Michigan U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham. See Attachment 1 – Havenstein for Governor Statement of Receipts and Expenditures dated August 20, 2014 at pages 5, 13.  Under New Hampshire law, both of these contributions by PACs that are not registered in New Hampshire are prohibited, and therefore the Attorney General should find these contributions in violation and issue a cease and desist order barring further unlawful contributions by these out-of-state PACs.
 
RSA 664:5 prohibits political committees from promoting candidates with expenditures and contributions unless they are registered with the Secretary of State under RSA 664:3, I.  “Political committee” is defined as any two persons who are working to influence elections and the law is not limited just to New Hampshire persons or PACs.  Out-of-state PACs must register if they are going to make contributions or expenditures here.  Neither Rogers for Congress nor the Fund for American Opportunity have registered as required. 
     
2.     Unlawfully spending $24,000 Before Registering a Political Committee.
 
                  Mr. Havenstein violated the campaign finance laws of New Hampshire when his campaign began to spend money without registering his political committee.  According to Mr. Havenstein’s report, the first installment of nearly $1.5 million of his own money which Mr. Havenstein has dumped into his campaign was made on March 1, 2014.  See, Attachment 1 at page 7.  Four days later, Mr. Havenstein’s campaign spent $24,000 for “strategic consulting.”   See, Attachment 1 – Expenditures at page 1.  According to the Havenstein for Governor registration at the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office, Mr. Havenstein’s political committee was not registered until April, almost a month after his campaign began spending tens of thousands of dollars on political activities in violation of the law.  
 
            Under RSA 664:3, political committees such as Mr. Havenstein’s “shall register with the secretary of state not later than 24 hours after receiving any contribution in excess of $500 or before making any expenditure in excess of $500, but in no event later than 14 days after formation of the committee.”  While a contribution under New Hampshire law does not include spending a candidate’s personal wealth, political committees must register once they start expending any funds to influence an election — no matter the source of those funds.
 
            The voters of New Hampshire have a right to know who is spending money to get elected to public office and when.  Registration within 24 hours of spending is required so voters know almost immediately when a candidate begins to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a race. Mr. Havenstein’s covert campaign spending violates New Hampshire law.
 
3.     Repeated Failure to Document Required Information on Campaign Contributors in Violation of New Hampshire’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Law.
 
            Mr. Havenstein has violated New Hampshire campaign finance law by not disclosing the occupations or employers of dozens of his contributors or any information at all about the employment location of contributors who have made contributions of $100 or more.  See, Exhibit 1.  RSA 664:6 requires political committees to “file with the secretary of state an itemized statement, signed by its chairman and treasurer showing each of its receipts exceeding $25 with the full name and home post office address of the contributor in alphabetical order and the amount of the contribution, the date it was received, and the aggregate total for each election for each contributor of over $100.” For contributors who give more than $100, New Hampshire law also requires:
 
      Any listing which exceeds an individual's aggregate total of $100 for each election             shall be accompanied by the contributor's occupation including official job title, the           name of the contributor's employer, and the city or town of the contributor's                       principal place of business, if any.
 
            In the first five pages of his report alone, Mr. Havenstein fails to report employers or occupations and in most instances, both, of 45 contributions out of 135 that exceed the 100 dollar threshold for the more detailed reporting. This is just over a third. The numerous omissions go on for many pages.  Mr. Havenstein should be ordered to immediately resubmit his report in compliance with New Hampshire law.
 
            While admittedly even campaigns exercising due diligence will not be able to obtain on a timely basis the required disclosure information by the date of filing, the sheer scope of the Havenstein campaign’s omissions is indicative of massive neglect in following up with contributors and complying with the letter of the law.  The disclosure requirements are not empty formalities. The requirements are intended to insure transparency by providing information on where contributors work and what they do. The statute requires specificity for a reason.  Mr. Havenstein has shirked the disclosure requirements and he should be ordered to comply immediately so voters have a better picture of just who is funding Mr. Havenstein’s campaign.
 
            The NHDP looks forward to your investigation and rulings. 

Sincerely,
 
 
Raymond Buckley
 
Chair, New Hampshire Democratic Party
 
 
 
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