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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)

Thursday
Jun262014

NHGOP CALLS ON SHAHEEN TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT BENEFITING FROM STIMULUS 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to fully address unanswered questions about her shady financial interests. The Boston Globe today reported that Senator Shaheen and her husband refused to answer questions about their financial stake in a company that received federal stimulus funding. 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.

 

"Today's report raises very serious ethical questions about Senator Shaheen's finances and a conflict of interest involving her husband's lobbying firm. Senator Shaheen has long championed the wasteful stimulus boondoggle, and it's troubling to learn that she financially benefited from a company that received stimulus funding," said NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn. "Billy and Jeanne Shaheen's refusal to answer basic questions about their involvement with this company raises even more concerns and shows that they may have something to hide. In order to uphold public confidence in her office, Shaheen needs to openly and transparently answer questions about this issue."

 

"The Shaheens declined multiple requests for interviews and would not answer most detailed questions about their investments and connection to the firm," reported The Globe.

 

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.'"

 

Shaheen has also advocated for transparency in government, making her refusal to answer basic questions about this company even more troubling.

 

"Transparency is a foundational principle of our democracy," said Shaheen in a May, 2013 press release." Secrecy in our government should be limited, and used only when absolutely necessary to protect our national interest."

Wednesday
Jun252014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN LOBBYIST FUNDRAISER TWEETS VANISH AFTER CRITICISM 

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.

 

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BACKGROUND

 

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)

Tuesday
Jun242014

NH GOP - KUSTER AND SHEA-PORTER SILENTLY STAND WITH OBAMA ON IRS SCANDAL 

Concord - Today, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform will question Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen on the latest revelations in the IRS Scandal, including the loss of Lois Lerner's emails due to a "hard drive crash."  Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter have so far refused to comment on this matter.

 

"Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter represent the Obama administration, Democrats in Washington, and the special interest groups that bankroll their campaigns, not the residents of the Granite State," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.  "Their failure to address the IRS Scandal proves once again that a vote for Kuster and Shea-Porter is a vote for Barack Obama."  

 

The IRS' "dog ate my homework" excuse has already come into question because the IRS had a contract with email archive company Sonasoft during at least a portion of the time for which Congress has requested Lerner's emails.  According to the company website, Sonasoft "archives all email content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory and other obligations to preserve critical business content."

 

Unfortunately, Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter have yet to stand up for taxpayers targeted by the IRS.  By staying silent, they are telling Granite Staters that they'd rather protect the Obama administration than confront the IRS on behalf of taxpayers.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The IRS had a contract with an email archive service during the time Lois Lerner's emails were lost.  "House congressional investigators have requested emails from 2009 to 2011, when the IRS division led by Lerner began targeting for extra scrutiny Tea Party and other conservative nonprofits applying for tax-exempt status. The IRS had a contract with email-achiever Sonasoft in effect at least through 2009, according to the website FedSpending.org.  That same year, the company tweeted: 'The IRS uses Sonasoft to back up their servers, why wouldn't you choose them to protect your servers?'" ("IRS says Lerner emails lost forever, but agency had contract with file-storage company Sonasoft," Fox News, 6/22/2014)