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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."

Friday
Aug012014

DNC - *Video* Christie's Minor League NH Play

As Chris Christie heads to New Hampshire (again) to catch a ballgame, we’re highlighting just how minor league Christie’s economic leadership has been in New Jersey.

 

From lagging job growth to high property taxes and multiple state credit downgrades, Christie has continually struck out in growing New Jersey’s economy and creating middle class jobs. Despite his failures, GOP governors and gubernatorial candidates like Walt Havenstein in New Hampshire continue to hold Christie up as the model Republican governor.

 

While Christie again flirts with the Granite State in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a presidential campaign, folks in New Hampshire – and across the country – are beginning to see that Christie’s failed economic record just isn’t ready for the big leagues.

 

WATCH THE NEW DNC VIDEO: “MINOR LEAGUE

 

 

*View this post on our Factivists site here.*

Monday
Jul282014

NH GOP - Last Chance to Purchase Tickets for Fischer Cats Event 7/31

FROM THE DESK OF
GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE
Fellow Republican,

In 2014, we have the chance to put our country back on the path to prosperity by taking back the US Senate and expanding our majority in Congress. We need Republican majorities to place a check on President Obama's agenda, which has enlarged the size of government, saddled future generations with unsustainable debt and weakened America's standing in the world.

That is why I am coming to New Hampshire next week - to help the Republican Party raise the resources it needs to replace Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster.

Will you join me next Thursday, July 31st at the Fisher Cats game to support the New Hampshire Republican Party? (Click here to purchase tickets.)
 
For just $45 you get the chance to catch a ball game, get some good BBQ, watch fireworks - and most importantly meet other like-minded Republicans who are prepared to restore America back to greatness in the world. 
 
We know that Republicans are right on the issues and policies; now we just need to make sure we have the resources to get our message out.

See you in Manchester next Thursday!
 
Governor Chris Christie
Chairman
Republican Governors Association
 
Friday
Jul252014

NHGOP SENDS AG FORMAL RESPONSE TO HASSAN CAMPAIGN DEFENSE OF ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today formally responded to the Hassan Campaign's defense of the governor's illegal campaign contribution scheme. The response was delivered to the New Hampshire Department of Justice this morning.

 

"Governor Hassan's illegal campaign contribution scheme has raised very serious questions about the priorities and integrity of her administration. It is clear that Governor Hassan has repeatedly and intentionally ignored contribution limits and solicited limitless donations from special interest groups." said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Governor Hassan believes that it is acceptable for her to sit in the corner office in Concord and take unlimited amounts of money from special interest groups that have business before state government. This is a clear violation of New Hampshire laws and shows that the Hassan Administration is beholden to special interests that are trying to buy influence in Concord."

 

Hassan has accepted donations from Big Labor PACs that dramatically exceed New Hampshire's campaign contribution limits, including a $25,000 contribution from that International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union that is pushing for lawmakers to support the North Pass transmission line project.

 

The left-leaning Concord Monitor editorial page criticized Hassan's decision to accept the illegal contributions.

 

"[R]egardless of the decision arrived at by the attorney general's office, Hassan has a perception problem on her hands. A campaign's broad interpretation of campaign finance laws is akin to a child hearing only what he or she wants to hear, and the political damage can be significant," wrote the Monitor. "[S]uddenly $25,000 has bought the campaign nothing but legal problems, anxiety for supporters and fuel for opponents who can spin the Hassan campaign's interpretation of law into something much more sinister."

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE NHGOP'S RESPONSE TO THE HASSAN CAMPAIGN'S ILLEGAL FUNDRAISING SCHEME

Friday
Jul252014

NHGOP CALLS ON GOVERNOR HASSAN TO STOP EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX 

Concord - Today, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn called for Governor Maggie Hassan to halt her efforts to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) to cover leases:

 

"Yet again, Governor Hassan demonstrates that she has no regard for rules. Her attempt to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax goes around the Legislature. If she wants to increase taxes, she should work with our state elected officials to pass legislation. I applaud Republicans in the state Senate in their rightful quest to stop her from secretly raising taxes without legislative approval. Hassan continues to believe that rules apply to everyone but herself. It's unacceptable, and we must replace her with a Republican who will respect and abide by official process this fall."

 

According to the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration and RETT forms, the tax does not apply to leases of less than 99 years.  Yet, Governor Hassan's administration first asked the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for the authority to apply the tax to leases, only to withdraw their request and claim that the Governor has the authority to apply the tax to leases. 

 

BACKGROUND

 

NH RSA 78-B authorizes the Real Estate Transfer Tax of $0.75 per $100 of fair market value "imposed upon the sale, granting and transfer of real estate and any interest therein including transfers by operation of law." The tax is paid by both the buyer and the seller, resulting in a total tax rate of 1.5%.

 

Administrative Rule Part Rev 802.01(f) applies RETT on leases of 99 years or longer, but do not authorize RETT on shorter leases. The Hassan Administration has sought a change in Administrative Rules to allow RETT on "ground lease transfers", but delayed its request twice in the face of criticism from the Committee. The Hassan Administration has now withdrawn its request, claiming that "the taxability of ground leases exists currently under New Hampshire law."

 

Administrative Rules Chapter Rev 800- Transfer of Real Property