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Saturday
Mar162013

NHGOP FILES RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST WITH NH LOTTERY ON HASSAN CASINO LOBBYING EFFORT

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee sent the following Right to Know request to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission regarding Governor Hassan’s casino lobbying effort.The Huffington Post (3/14/13) and Concord Patch (3/13/13) reported that she refused to answer questions about allegations of "inappropriate lobbying" by her administration. (WATCH Video of Hassan Here)

 

Charles McIntyre

Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery Commission

14 Integra Drive

Concord, NH 03301 

 

Dear Director McIntyre, 

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

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I formally request that you provide me with all records from the New Hampshire Lottery Commission regarding Governor Hassan’s ethically questionable, Executive Branch casino lobbying effort. This includes, but is not limited to, phone logs and any written or electronic correspondence that documents communication between the Lottery Commission, Governor Hassan’s office, and members of the legislature regarding gambling legislation. I am also interested in calendar information that documents your appointments with legislators and other efforts to lobby on behalf of Governor Hassan’s irresponsible casino revenue scheme. 

Earlier this week the Concord Patch reported that Governor Hassan deliberately avoided inquiries about whether or not she instructed Executive Department officials to engage in ‘inappropriate lobbying’ efforts. In one of the more embarrassing press conferences conducted by a statewide elected official in recent memory, Hassan mumbled, stumbled and ducked basic “yes or no” questions from reporters about this topic. Her exchange with the media came after an email from House Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Susan Almy surfaced that indicated you were proactively scheduling meetings with legislators to lobby for Hassan’s irresponsible budget proposal.

After receiving a similar Right to Know request from the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, a Hassan staffer admitted that the governor asked her official office to instruct Executive Branch officials to lobby the legislature. RSA 15:5 states that “no recipient of a grant or appropriation of state funds may use the state funds to lobby or attempt to influence legislation.” The governor’s actions raise serious questions about her compliance with New Hampshire law.

The casino lobby is already spending millions on highly paid lobbyists and public relations campaigns designed to promote her risky budget proposal. It is of great concern that she is enlisting government officials like you to join this effort, and lobby for legislation that is being backed by well funded, outside special interest groups.

I also ask that you preserve any and all records regarding your upcoming casino lobbying efforts as the State Committee is inclined to file additional Right to Know requests in the future. Representative Almy’s email indicated that you will be participating in meetings with legislators next week, and we will certainly be interested in obtaining records from these lobbying appointments.  

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Friday
Mar152013

NHGOP RESPONDS TO HASSAN CASINO LOBBYING LETTER

Concord - News Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn sent the following letter to Governor Hassan this afternoon in response to a letter she sent to the State Party today about her decision to compel Executive Branch officials to lobby the legislature on gambling:

The Honorable Maggie Hassan 

Governor of New Hampshire

State House

107 North Main Street

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Dear Governor Hassan,

Thank you for the prompt response. I would like to acknowledge your Chief of Staff for admitting that your official office is pushing government employees to lobby the legislature on behalf of gambling legislation that is being promoted by deep-pocketed special interest groups.

Your decision to use the Office of the Governor to compel Executive Branch officials to lobby the legislature on your irresponsible and illegal $80 million revenue scheme raises serious ethical questions. The casino lobby is already spending millions on high paid lobbyists and public relations campaigns designed to promote your risky budget proposal. It is of great concern that you are taking the unprecedented step of enlisting taxpayer paid, government workers to supplement the efforts of outside special interest gambling groups.

Given your admission that your office has been in contact with Executive Branch officials, I would like to expand my request and ask for any phone logs that exist on this matter. I would also like to know if you have sought an official opinion from the New Hampshire Attorney General regarding this Executive Branch advocacy on behalf of the casino lobby. RSA 15:5 states that “no recipient of a grant or appropriation of state funds may use the state funds to lobby or attempt to influence legislation.” Your actions raise serious questions about your compliance with New Hampshire law.

My updated request is under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A.) Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to another prompt response.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Friday
Mar152013

NHGOP SENDS HASSAN RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST REGARDING CASINO LOBBYING

Request In Response To Hassan's Inability To Answer Basic Questions About Allegations Of "Inappropriate Lobbying"

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn sent the following Right to Know request to Governor Hassan after she refused to answer basic questions yesterday about her administration's casino lobbying efforts. The Huffington Post (3/14/13) and Concord Patch (3/13/13) reported that she refused to answer questions about allegations of "inappropriate lobbying" by her administration. (WATCH Video of Hassan Here)


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 from your office regarding any attempt made by you or your staff to compel the New Hampshire Lottery Commission to lobby legislators to support casino gambling. This includes any written or electronic communications from you and your staff.

The Concord Patch reported that during a press availability at the State House yesterday, you were questioned about "whether or not there has been 'inappropriate lobbying' by the New Hampshire Lottery commissioner." The Patch also reported, "over a period of about 45 seconds, Josh Rogers of NHPR continued to ask Hassan to comment but she refused to answer the question directly."

The video of you stumbling, stonewalling and deliberately refusing to answer questions about allegations that you asked Executive Branch officials to engage in 'inappropriate lobbying' is stunning. Your disgraceful lack of candor and forthrightness raises very serious questions about an unwillingness to be open and transparent about the actions of your Administration. I understand that you are under enormous pressure to hold up the fiscally irresponsible house of cards that you have built with $80 million in illegal and non-existent gambling revenue. But that is no excuse for your inability to give a simple and honest answer to questions about allegations that your administration engaged in 'inappropriate lobbying."

Pursuant to the guiding statutes, please respond to this request within five (5) days of receipt. If you deny any or this entire request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Thursday
Mar072013

NHGOP Response to House Gas Tax Vote 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the New Hampshire House voting to approve a devastating gas tax hike:

"During these difficult economic times, the last thing we should do is impose the House Democrat Leadership's devastating $1 billion gas tax hike on New Hampshire's working families. Not only is this bad policy, but Democrats have clearly misled Granite Staters about the actual motives behind this legislation. Democrats believe that their gas tax hike is ‘a gift that keeps on giving’ that should not be “spent all in one place.” They view their tax hike as tool that can be used to scam New Hampshire motorists into funding their plans to grow government.

"Now is the time for Governor Hassan to stop hiding from her constituents and pledge to veto this disastrous legislation if it reaches her desk. Her unwillingness to take a stand on this devastating tax increase raises serious questions about her ability to lead and to keep her campaign promise to preserve New Hampshire's low tax environment."

 

Wednesday
Mar062013

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn's Continued Ill-Informed Statements About the Budget Process 

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement in response to NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn's ill-informed statement about the budget process. 

 

"Jennifer Horn has embarrassed herself once again. Horn is either completely misinformed or willfully attempting to mislead the public, since in each instance she cited, the Governor's budget increases funds over the devastating budget passed by the O'Brien GOP legislature," said Buckley.  "Not to mention the fact that Horn is simultaneously calling for $80 million in cuts while asking for additional spending. I would ask her to check her math, but with $92,000 due in back taxes, I can't believe that would help."