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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

Tuesday
Aug052014

NHGOP TO HASSAN: RELEASE YOUR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS IMMEDIATELY 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Jennifer Horn sent the following letter to Governor Maggie Hassan asking that she immediately release her campaign finance reports. Last week the New Hampshire Department of Justice found that Hassan had accepted tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions:

 

 

The Honorable Maggie Hassan

Governor of New Hampshire

State House

107 North Main Street

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

 

 

Dear Governor Hassan,

 

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee I am writing to request that you immediately release your campaign finance reports. Your campaign has been engulfed by a serious fundraising scandal after the New Hampshire Department of Justice found that you accepted $24,000 in illegal contributions from union PACs. Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this scandal, the public should be allowed to inspect your campaign finance activity immediately to ensure that you have not received any other illegal donations.

 

You have argued that during your two runs for governor you have had two different types of committee - a PAC before you officially filed and a candidate committee afterwards. You claim that each committee plays by different rules, creating a loophole that has allowed union bosses with business before state government to shovel unlimited amounts of campaign cash into your bank account.

 

During your first run for governor in 2012, your political action committee (Maggie 12') filed a required report on June 20th, 2012. Five days earlier on June 15, 2012, you filed your candidacy with the Secretary of State and converted your PAC to a candidate committee.

 

But during the current election cycle you have refused to release any information about your fundraising activities. Maggie 14' did not file a required report on June 18, 2014 like every other political action committee. Evidence of your illegal special interest fundraising scheme was only uncovered because of required reports filed by the union PACs that are trying to influence your administration. Your unwillingness to file a PAC report raises serious questions about what your campaign may be trying to hide.

 

Union Bosses and Big Labor PACs, including some that are supporting the controversial Northern Pass project, are trying to buy you off with unlimited campaign contributions. Your campaign has been caught red-handed with tens of thousands of illegal donations that you are being forced to return. And there are concerns that you may have even more illegal money in your account that has yet to be discovered.

 

Given your campaign's troubling pattern of illegal behavior, it's time for you to immediately release your finance reports for public inspection.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman

Saturday
Aug022014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON HASSAN'S ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION SCANDAL 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the Department of Justice ruling on Governor Hassan's illegal campaign contribution scandal:

 

"Today's ruling confirms that Governor Maggie Hassan broke the law by accepting an illegal campaign contribution from a special interest union PAC. Governor Hassan was caught red-handed trying to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations into her campaign bank account, and her behavior raises serious ethical questions about her administration.

 

"Given the troubling implications of this scandal, Governor Hassan should immediately release her campaign finance reports in advance of the August 20th filing deadline. The public has a right to know if the governor has accepted any other illegal donations that could improperly influence the gubernatorial campaign.

 

"The Department of Justice ruling has established a troubling loophole that allows elected officials like Governor Hassan to accept infinite amounts of money from special interests while in office. It appears that Governor Hassan is the only official who has attempted to exploit this questionable exception and allow the corrupting influence of unlimited special interest donations to poison her campaign.

 

"It will up to the next responsible Republican governor to close the 'Hassan Special Interest Loophole' and restore integrity to our campaign finance system."

Wednesday
Jul302014

Statement of Sen. Sharon Carson on Veto of Healthy Workplace Bill 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) issued the following statement following Governor Hassan’s veto of HB 591, the Healthy Workplace Bill:

 

“The Healthy Workplace Bill was the result of 18 months of hard work by Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate to address the growing problem of abusive work environments in state government. Our state employees deserve the same protections from abuse in the workplace as private sector workers, but the Hassan Administration has failed to adequately address the many instances of such abuse over the past several years. It’s unfortunate that Governor Hassan continues to oppose this carefully crafted bipartisan solution, and I would urge my colleagues to override this veto.”

Wednesday
Jul302014

NH Senators Respond to Hassan Veto of Agency Communications Bill 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), David Boutin (R-Hooksett, and Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) issued the following statements following Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of HB 685, the Agency Communications bill. 

Senator Jeb Bradley- “The Governor’s Veto Message raises a number of non-existent problems to justify her attempt to block transparency in state government. The Legislature, and the people of New Hampshire, have a right to know what is going on within their government. HB 685 represents a broad, bipartisan approach to bringing in more sunlight, and preserving the checks and balances between the Legislative and Executives branches that are essential to New Hampshire’s system of government.” 

Senator David Boutin- “Governor Hassan wants to shield inter-agency communications from the public. Audits are essential to providing legislative oversight to the operations of the Executive Branch, and ensuring that state agencies are implementing the laws we pass appropriately and efficiently. HB 685 simply requires that state agencies open up their communications to those auditors.” 

Senator Sharon Carson- “Governor Hassan continues to throw a smokescreen around her Administration, preventing the public from seeing the workings of state government. Our Constitution requires that ‘Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.’ HB 685 would make our state agencies more accessible and accountable to the people of New Hampshire.”