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Tuesday
Jul012014

NH GOP - WITH SHAHEEN HOLDING ANOTHER FUNDRAISER WITH HEALTH CARE LOBBYISTS, NHGOP CHALLENGES HER TO HOST OBAMACARE TOWN HALL MEETING 

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.

 

"The fact that Senator Shaheen is standing with Elizabeth Warren reminds her constituents that she is more in line with the far-left agenda of President Obama and his congressional enablers than she is with the people of New Hampshire," Horn concluded.
Monday
Jun302014

NH GOP - KUSTER AND SHEA-PORTER VOTE AGAINST LOWERING GAS PRICES FOR WORKING FAMILIES 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter voting against commonsense, bipartisan legislation that lowers gas prices for working families. With gas prices at a six-year high, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act will provide relief at the pump and help create jobs:

 

"Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter are wildly out of touch with the needs of New Hampshire, and their vote lowering gas prices during the busiest driving season of theyear hurts the working class families who are already struggling. Instead of standing up for their constituents, Rep Kuster and Rep Shea-Porter are taking orders from the liberal specials interests that are bankrolling their campaigns. It's time to replace both of them with responsible Republicans who will put New Hampshire residents first."

 

BACKGROUND

 

Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter vote no on H R 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act (On Passage: H R 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, Open Congress, Accessed 6/27/2014)

 

The Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel and America That Works Act (H.R. 4899) would open new areas to energy exploration and development on our vast onshore and offshore federal lands.  The bill reverses the Obama Administration's policies that have driven federal oil production down six percent and federal natural gas down 28 percent since the president took office.  Currently, the U.S. is experiencing an energy boom on state and private lands - where natural gas production is up 33 percent and oil is up 61 percent since 2009. This is a testament to broken federal lands policy, part of which this bill seeks to fix.

Friday
Jun272014

NHGOP CALLS ON SHAHEEN TO EXPLAIN INCONSISTENCIES IN SHADY STOCK STORY

ConcordNew Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to explain inconsistencies in response to a Boston Globe story about her shady financial interests. The Boston Globe yesterday reported that Senator Shaheen and her husband have a financial stake in a company that received federal stimulus funding. The Shaheen campaign claimed their company stock options have expired, however Shaheen's personal disclosure report filed with the Senate Ethics Committee in May still lists them as assets. Shaheen's report also says they are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2019.

 

"The Shaheen campaign's explanation for her shady stock options directly contradicts the information provided in Senator Shaheen's personal financial disclosure report. Senator Shaheen needs to explain this discrepancy and discuss why she has either misled her constituents with false information or misled the Senate Ethics Committee with false reports," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Very serious ethical questions have been raised about Senator Shaheen's finances and a potential conflict of interest involving her husband's lobbying firm. Her inconsistent story raises even more concerns that must be addressed immediately."

 

Reports filed with the Senate Ethics Committee show that the Shaheens acquired stock options in Ultrawave on September 16, 2009 worth thousands of dollars. On May 14, 2014, Shaheen filed a financial disclosure report that still lists the stock Ultrawave as an asset. The report also states that the stock expires on September 1, 2019.

 

When confronted by the Boston Globe this week, the Shaheen campaign claimed that the stock had expired. The Globealso reported "the Shaheens declined multiple requests for interviews and would not answer most detailed questions about their investments and connection to the firm."

 

Shaheen voted for the wasteful $787 billion stimulus boondoggle and her husband Billy runs a prominent lobbying firm that operated a "stimulus opportunities team" to help clients get federal money.

 

Non-partisan ethics watchdogs have raised questions about the red flags raised by Shaheen's potential conflict of interest.

 

"'It absolutely is a concern,' Charlton Copeland, former chair of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and a professor at the University of Miami told the Boston Globe. 'It raises questions because so much of the work of this kind of policymaking takes place outside of the specter of the public eye.'"

 

BACKGROUND:

 

On November 16, 2009, Billy Shaheen Purchased Stock Options In Ultrawave Labs. (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 2009 Financial Disclosure Report, 5/13/13)

 

The Campaign Claims The Stock Options Have Expired. "The campaign said that they recently learned that Shaheen's stock options have since expired, so he did not wind up profiting from the transaction. The campaign would not disclose when the stock options expired." (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallace, "Similarity In Shaheen Cause, Family Interests," Boston Globe6/24/14)

 

But Shaheen's Most Recent Personal Financial Disclosure States The Stock Options Expire September 1, 2019. (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 2013 Financial Disclosure Report, 5/15/14)

  



 

 

 

Friday
Jun272014

NH GOP - FACING PRESSURE, SHAHEEN AMENDS DISCLOSURE FORM 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today after Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced that she would amend her personal financial disclosure form to correct errors regarding her shady stock deal. After facing pressure to explain her inconsistent story, a Shaheen spokesman told the Concord Monitor that the information on the form was incorrect and would be altered.  

 

"It's clear that Senator Shaheen provided inaccurate information to the Senate Ethics Committee on her personal financial disclosure form. This error raises questions about a potential conflict of interest involving the Shaheens and their involvement with a company that received federal stimulus funds," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's also troubling that these discrepancies were only revealed after the Shaheens faced media security about their questionable finances. "

 

 

BACKGROUND:

 

On November 16, 2009, Billy Shaheen Purchased Stock Options In Ultrawave Labs. (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 2009 Financial Disclosure Report, 5/13/13)

 

The Campaign Claims The Stock Options Have Expired. "The campaign said that they recently learned that Shaheen's stock options have since expired, so he did not wind up profiting from the transaction. The campaign would not disclose when the stock options expired." (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallace, "Similarity In Shaheen Cause, Family Interests," Boston Globe6/24/14)

 

But Shaheen's Most Recent Personal Financial Disclosure States The Stock Options Expire September 1, 2019. (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 2013 Financial Disclosure Report, 5/15/14)

  



 

 

 

Thursday
Jun262014

NH GOP - WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JEANNE SHAHEEN'S FINANCES 

"It is absolutely a concern," "Senator Shaheen sure looks awfully shady," "Shaheen's husband profiting from bill?"

 

Boston Globe: "Shaheen has also had a family financial stake in the research. In 2009, her husband, William, became an adviser to a Southern California startup, Ultrawave labs Inc. ...that same year, Ultrawave received $78,000 in federal stimulus funding." (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallack, Boston Globe, 6/25/14) 

 

"The Shaheens declined multiple requests for interviews and would not answer most detailed questions about their investments and connection to the firm." (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallack, Boston Globe, 6/25/14)

 

"'It absolutely is a concern,' said Charlton Copeland, former chair of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and a professor at the University of Miami. 'It raises questions because so much of the work of this kind of policymaking takes place outside of the specter of the public eye.'" (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallack, Boston Globe, 6/25/14)

 

"'Whenever someone - a member or a spouse - has a significant number of investments, certainly that can increase the potential for a question about a conflict,' said Robert L. Walker, a former chief counsel and staff director of both the Senate and House ethics committees whose law firm, Wiley Rein LLP, predominantly represents Republicans." (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallack, Boston Globe, 6/25/14)

 

Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Feeding the perception that members of Congress use their power to get rich...Shaheen's husband profiting from bill?" (Chuck Todd, Twitter, 6/25/14)

 

David Bernstein, Boston Magazine: "In which Senator Shaheen sure looks awfully shady, courtesy of Noah Bierman and Todd Wallack" (David S. Bernstein, Twitter, 6/25/14)

 

Drew Cline, New Hampshire Union Leader: "Hmmm. Jeanne Shaheen's husband owned stock in breast cancer research firm that got stimulus money Shaheen voted for" (Drew Cline, Twitter, 6/25/14)