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NHDP - NHGOP Sends Out Baseless and Misleading Attack Mailers

Hits Guinta by Mistake

Manchester, NH – Using misleading and baseless attacks that independent fact checkers have previously dismissed as “ridiculous political games,” the NHGOP sent out a negative mailer in NH-01 that inadvertently dings Guinta by mistake as well. 

The Washington Post gave the charge “Four Pinocchios,” and described the misleading and baseless attacks as nothing more than “poison pills … in order to use as campaign-attack political fodder.” And in an desperate attempt to distract from Frank Guinta's unpopular and extreme Tea Party agenda, the NHGOP's misleading and baseless attack also hits Guinta's record by mistake. [Democratic Budget Alternative, Sec 402Vote #150,  3/29/12].

“In a desperate attempt to distract from Frank Guinta's extreme Tea Party record, the NHGOP is sending out misleading mailers using baseless attacks that independent fact checkers have dismissed as nothing more than 'ridiculous political games,'” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Granite State voters will see through the NHGOP's misleading and baseless attacks, and reject Frank Guinta's extreme Tea Party record on women's health, support for privatizing Social Security and Medicare, and push to abolish the Department of Education.”



Shaheen Has Raised Funds for Despicable Davis Campaign


Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to denounce Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis for running a despicable ad attacking Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. The Washington Post reports that Davis is running an ad attacking the Attorney General's disability. Senator Shaheen hosted a campaign fundraiser for Davis at an exclusive Capitol Hill restaurant in July 2013.


"Wendy Davis has set a historic low by attacking Attorney General Abbott's disability and Senator Shaheen should be ashamed of her support for her disgusting campaign. Senator Shaheen has raised money to fund this despicable ad, and she should immediately call for Wendy Davis to take it down," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "In New Hampshire, Senator Shaheen has run a dishonest smear campaign to distract from her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time. In Texas, Shaheen's endorsed candidate has launched one of the most despicable attacks in modern political history by targeting her opponent's disability. Voters will reject desperate politicians like Jeanne Shaheen and Wendy Davis in November because they are sick of their negative and dirty campaign tactics."



Says He Hasn't Seen Carol Shea-Porter in Manchester


Concord - During an interview with Jack Heath on WGIR this morning, State Senator Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester) expressed his frustration with Democrats who are hiding from their constituents, saying that it threatens the very nature of democracy. He went on to discuss Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's noticeable absence on the campaign trail this year. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the Democrats' disappearing act:


"Like Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea-Porter knows that she cannot defend her blind allegiance to Barack Obama's disastrous agenda that is hurting New Hampshire families. Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Kuster have failed to put New Hampshire fist, and on election day Granite Staters will replace them with responsible Republicans who will provide independent leadership for our state."


Frank Guinta agreed to participate in a debate with Carol Shea-Porter, moderated by Jack Heath on WGIR. Carol Shea-Porter has refused that invitation.


Senator D'Allesandro's remarks can be heard here. The relevant portions of the conversation are below:


D'Allesandro: "Retail politics is the name of the game...If that disappears, Jack, I think the nature of democracy disappears - it's that one on one contact, face to face, talking to people, we'll be come an advertising nation...It's taken that part of politics and moved it to the side, and I'm very discouraged about that"


Heath: "You do events with Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, do you wish they were out there more?"


D'Allesandro: "Yes. I wish Carol Shea-Porter were in Manchester more, I haven't seen her in Manchester. Manchester is the heart of the first congressional district. I want to see her more"



Concord - The New Hampshire Department of Justice today announced that the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union PAC (Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC) violated State laws by refusing to report donations made to Governor Hassan's political campaign. The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee on August 6, 2014.


"The Attorney General's Office has completed its review of the complaint, and we conclude that the LU 131 Committee has violated state law," wrote Associate Attorney General Richard Head in a letter sent to Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC Chairman David Pelletier.


"Today's ruling confirms that Governor Maggie Hassan's union allies broke the law by refusing to report tens of thousands of dollars in tainted donations to her campaign. Governor Hassan has already been caught red-handed accepting $33,000 in illegal contributions from other Big Labor PACs, and her behavior raises serious ethical questions about her administration," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The dark ethical cloud hanging over the Hassan Administration has undermined public confidence in state government and called Governor Hassan's integrity into question. Given the troubling implications of this scandal, Governor Hassan should immediately donate the $41,000 in tainted contributions she has accepted from the Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC to charity." 


Over the summer, Governor Hassan was forced to return $33,000 dollars in illegal campaign contributions from union PACs. The governor still has $41,000 in donations - a $25,000 contribution made in 2012, a $15,000 contribution made in 2013 and a $1,000 contribution made in 2014 - from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union PAC in her bank account.  



Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee sent the following Right to Know request to Governor Maggie Hassan today regarding her potential knowledge about the electric utility crisis facing New Hampshire this winter.


The Honorable Maggie Hassan

Governor of New Hampshire

State House

107 North Main Street

Concord, New Hampshire 03301


Dear Governor Hassan,


This is a request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A.)


I formally request that you provide me with all records containing any and all communication between your office, Office of Energy and Planning and the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regarding the approved winter rate hikes requested by Liberty Utilities, Unitil Corporation and the New Hampshire Electric Co-Op. This includes any written or electronic communications from you and your staff and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioners Ignatius, Scott and Honigberg, their staff and their legal counsel.


In the past, you have asserted that New Hampshire's Right to Know Law does not apply to you as governor. Our attorneys can find no such exemption in the law. Should you decline to provide any requested communications, please provide the specific provision under RSA 91-A that exempts such public records from the Right to Know Law.


According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the New Hampshire PUC "approved a 99 percent winter rate hike requested by Liberty Utilities." Further, the New Hampshire Electric Co-op has stated that "its power rates will rise 29 percent, and Unitil [Corporation] says it will go up 84 percent."


News media outlets across New England have reported on the serious hardship to be faced by New Hampshire residents in the coming winter season.  Already, the PUC has received numerous complaints and requests for assistance, according to PUC Consumer Affairs Division Director Amanda Noonan. In a recentarticle by the Concord Monitor, Noonan said, "People are concerned about how they are going to manage this and whether they have any options.  It's a huge increase for them." In addition, the PUC expects that "higher electric rates will take a toll on the state's low income residents," according to Shannon Nolin, who oversees the Community Action Agency's Electric Assistance Program.


New Hampshire communities and businesses are bracing themselves for the coming energy crisis. For example, the Concord YMCA anticipates that it will have to pay 50 percent more for electricity this winter, forcing this non-profit organization to seek new revenue streams in order to maintain programs vital to the community,according to the Concord Monitor.


Further, there are growing fears that New Hampshire and all of New England could face rolling blackouts this winter,according to ISO New England. It goes without saying that this is an unthinkable disaster, and many lives will be in very serious danger should the predicted blackouts occur.


It's abundantly clear that New Hampshire is on the brink of an across the board energy crisis this winter. Working class families, already struggling to make ends meet as a result of the gas tax hike you signed into law earlier this year, will be forced to make a choice between safely heating their homes and putting food on their table. This is a very perilous choice for New Hampshire families to make, considering that the Farmer's Almanacpredicts this winter to be "another article blast with above-normal snowfall."


To date, you have yet to make public statements regarding the forthcoming utility cost crisis this winter. At the annual New Hampshire energy summit, you were given the opportunity to prepare Granite State residents for the upcoming energy crisis, and you chose to ignore the problem, saying that "it's helpful to think of energy efficiency as a source of energy itself." These comments do nothing to address the crisis faced by New Hampshire families and businesses, and serve as an incredible insult to Granite Staters who will be in danger during the upcoming winter season.


As such, I respectfully submit that you release all communications regarding the electricity rate hikes approved by the PUC, and any rate hikes that are pending before the PUC and have yet to become public domain. Granite State residents have the right to know whether you were aware of the forthcoming energy crisis, did nothing about it and deflected questions regarding it, or if you were simply asleep at the wheel on this issue. Either way, New Hampshire residents deserve better than a governor who will leave them out in the cold.




Jennifer Horn

Chairman, New Hampshire Republican State Committee