Concord - On the heels of last week's botched attempt to hide her meeting with some of Boston's top lobbyists at O'Neil Associates, today Senator Jeanne Shaheen is holding another closed door fundraiser in Massachusetts. However Shaheen still refuses to hold a town hall meeting to discuss ObamaCare with her constituents in New Hampshire.
The breakfast fundraiser with liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren, first reported by the Boston Globe, was held at Foley & Lardner LLP this morning, a Boston law firm that lobbies for health care industry clients on their issues.
"Voters in New Hampshire could be forgiven for wondering if Senator Shaheen cares more about the interests of Boston lobbyists than her constituents," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "For the second time in two weeks, Senator Shaheen is holding a fundraiser behind closed doors with top industry lobbyists, but she still refuses to appear in New Hampshire to discuss ObamaCare's catastrophic consequences on the people she was elected to represent. Today, the New Hampshire Republican Party is challenging Senator Shaheen to appear publicly in the Granite State for an open and honest dialogue about the health care bill that she cast the deciding vote for."
Last week, Shaheen's fundraiser at O'Neil Associates came under heavy criticism in the media when the firm tweeted out, then deleted pictures of Shaheen at the swanky downtown Boston lobbying firm.
Concord - A series of tweets from a Shaheen campaign fundraiser hosted by hosted by prominent mega-lobbyist Tom O'Neill disappeared yesterday after widespread criticism. Senator Shaheen attended the event at the Boston offices of lobbying firm O'Neil and Associates to discuss "the effects of the [Affordable Care Act] on [New Hampshire's] healthcare landscape" according to tweets from twitter handles controlled by the firm and Mr. O'Neill. Both tweets were later deleted.
Shaheen has refused to hold open town halls in New Hampshire to discuss ObamaCare.
"Senator Shaheen is happy to talk about health care with fat cat Boston lobbyists who represent insurance companies, but she refuses to hold a town hall meeting with New Hampshire voters who are directly affected by her deciding vote for ObamaCare," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This serves as another reminded that Senator Shaheen is working for the special interests that are bankrolling her campaign instead of working for her constituents. It's clear that she has gone to Washington and lost touch with New Hampshire's fiscally responsible values."
Tom O'Neill, a well-connected former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and son for former US House Speaker Tip O'Neill, is a lobbyist for big insurance companies according to his biography posted on his firm's website.
Shaheen Raised Money Yesterday At O'Neill And Associates: "New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen raised money at a Boston lobbying firm today. The firm, O'Neill & Associates, tweeted from its official account that the Democrat visited 'to discuss effects of the #ACA on NH #healthcare landscape.' (James Hohmann, "Boston lobbying firm deletes tweets from Shaheen's visit," Politico, 6/23/2014)
The Tweets Were Later Deleted After The Event Was Criticized: "Not long after the New Hampshire GOP highlighted the senator's fundraiser, that tweet and a photo of Shaheen at the firm's office were deleted. A little later, another tweet of the firm's namesake, Thomas P. O'Neill, posting with the senator was also deleted." (James Hohmann, "Boston lobbying firm deletes tweets from Shaheen's visit," Politico, 6/23/2014)
O'Neill Is a Lobbyist For The Insurance Industry: "O'Neill and Associates is known in the Bay State as a well-connected lobbying firm,saying on its web site, 'Our clients have full access to the resources of our senior professionals, whose careers in media, business and government present an unparalleled network of relationships upon which to draw.' O'Neill, according to his biography on the site, is, 'A longtime leader in Greater Boston's health care sector,' and 'has served in prominent roles on several health care governing boards including Tufts Health Plan, Mount Auburn Hospital and Caregroup... He currently acts as the the chair of the board for Tufts Health Plan Foundation.'" (John Distaso, "Shaheen visits top Beacon Hill insurance lobbyist as NHDP hits Brown on his Bay State ties," New Hampshire Journal, 6/23/2014)
Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Congresswoman Annie Kuster filing for re-election:
"Congresswoman Kuster has failed New Hampshire residents. Instead of standing up for their best interests, she instead has declared herself Obama's strongest supporter. Granite Staters know that Barack Obama isn't working for New Hampshire, and they will replace Congresswoman Kuster this fall."
We've compiled some questions for Congresswoman Kuster to answer on the campaign trail, and challenge her to hold herself responsible for her own tenure in office.
QUESTIONS FOR CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER
Effects of National Energy Tax on New Hampshire: According to the National Association of Manufacturers, New Hampshire's economy will see severe negative effects if a National Energy Tax is implemented. As many as 10,000 jobs would be eliminated over a ten year period. The cost of electricity would jump 18 percent. The cost of natural gas could increase by more than 40 percent. Prices at the pump would go up as much as 20 cents a gallon. (National Association of Manufacturers "Adverse Economic Impacts of a Carbon Tax in New Hampshire," www.nam.org)
Kuster's lobbying career: "For 20 years before her campaign announcement, she worked the halls of the New Hampshire State House as a lobbyist representing a range of clients...Kuster earned more than $1.3 million in lobbying fees" (Concord Monitor, August 15, 2010)
As lobbyist, Kuster walked a fine line: "On April 8, 1998, several people had already testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee about the dangers of certain "date rape" drugs...Jane #2 said the police told her it would be hard to build a case against the people who'd assaulted her sister because the drug that had been slipped to her - Rohypnol - had wiped her memory clean...she and her sister, echoed by more than 200 local college students who'd signed a petition, women's advocates, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and others, wanted the state to change the way Rohypnol was distributed. [Kuster] registered to represent the multibillion-dollar, multinational corporation headquartered in Switzerland that makes Rohypnol" (Concord Monitor, October 25, 2012)
Obama's Job Approval Rating in New Hampshire: 36 Percent: "President Obama's job approval rating (35.8 percent) has plummeted nine percentage points since 2013. Similarly, his disapproval rating is on the rise as well -- sitting at 54.3 percent (a 12.2 percent net increase since 2013). Support for the president's health care law (34/57) is deeply underwater in New Hampshire." (TownHall.com May 12, 2014, Dartmouth Poll)
NHPR Live Blog: Rep. Kuster On The Exchange: Kuster on her voting record, "I would say I'm one of the strongest supporters of the president in the entire Congress." (New Hampshire Public Radio, February 20, 2014)
WMUR U.S. Rep. Kuster owes nearly $11,000 in late property tax bills: "Property tax records show Kuster has been delinquent on more than $40,000 in property taxes over the last three years. For her primary residence, she's been delinquent on six different, consecutive assessments. For the most part, Kuster and her husband do eventually pay these bills along with a penalty." (WMUR February 4, 2013)
Harry Reid: All Obamacare horror stories are 'untrue': "'there's plenty of horror stories being told,' Reid said on the Senate floor. 'All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America.'" (Washington Post, February 26, 2014)
Embattled Shinseki becomes lightning rod in fight for Senate: "In New Hampshire, state party Vice Chairman Jim Coburn called on the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation to demand Shinseki's resignation. All three - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Reps. Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter - are considered vulnerable this cycle... 'Instead of standing up for our fighting men and women, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Annie Kuster have stood with President Obama and refused to call for a new Veterans Affairs secretary,' Coburn, himself a veteran, said in a statement." (The Hill, May 22, 2014)
WMUR Analysis 2nd Congressional District race a 'bipartisan title fight': Annie Kuster says she is "born bipartisan." (WMUR September 12, 2012)
Voting with Party, Open Congress: Ann M. Kuster Total Votes: 506, Votes With Party: 477, Rate: 94.3% (Open Congress)
Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it': "PolitiFact has named "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Lie of the Year for 2013....For four of the past five years, PolitiFact's Lie of the Year has revolved around the health care law" (PolitiFact, December 12th, 2013)