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Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP - HuffPost: Scott Brown Denies That Man-Made Climate Change Is Scientifically Proven 

HuffPost: Scott Brown Denies That Man-Made Climate Change Is Scientifically Proven
 
The Huffington Post     | By Sabrina Siddiqui

 
New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has added his name to the list of Republicans who have dismissed the science behind climate change, despite previously stating that global warming is real.

During a GOP primary debate on Saturday, Brown was asked if he believed that "the theory of man-made climate change has been scientifically proven." The former Massachusetts senator, who hopes to challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), responded, "Uh, no."

Watch Brown's answer in the video above.

Brown's response, posted in a video Monday by the Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge, is at odds with the position he held while defending his seat in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Back then, Brown said he did believe in climate change during a debate with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat who eventually defeated him.

"Yes, yes I do," he said. "I absolutely believe that climate change is real and I believe there's a combination between man-made and natural."

When asked for comment Monday, Brown's campaign offered a response that more closely resembled his remarks in 2012.

"Scott Brown believes that the climate is changing by a combination of natural and manmade causes," Elizabeth Guyton, a spokeswoman for the campaign, told The Huffington Post. "The real issue is whether we are going to impose a new national energy tax on carbon. Scott Brown says no and Jeanne Shaheen says yes."

Though Brown is expected to win the primary on Sept. 9, he has adopted a more conservative stance on some issues to garner support from the right. He has recently pounded Shaheen's record on immigration, despite voting, while serving as a state senator in Massachusetts, for one of the same reforms he criticized her for backing.

Shaheen hit Brown for his comments on climate change, calling them "disappointing" and an effort to "appease the Big Oil special interests who fund his campaigns."

"Scott Brown is wrong," Shaheen said. "Climate change is very real and here in New Hampshire we are already seeing consequences. In order to protect the people and environment in New Hampshire, we’ve got to take action now to reduce pollution, reduce our reliance on foreign oil, and encourage clean energy investments that create jobs and lower energy costs."

NextGen Climate, a group backed by billionaire financier and climate activist Tom Steyer working to elect Democrats, said Brown "can’t make up his mind about what he believes" on climate change, immigration, health care or women's rights.

"New Hampshire voters see Scott Brown for what he is: someone more interested in his own political career than in the issues that matter to Granite State voters," said Pete Kavanaugh, the New Hampshire director for NextGen.

HuffPost Pollster's model, which averages all of the publicly available polling in the race, currently shows Shaheen leading Brown by about 6 percentage points.
Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP - Granite State Forward Hosts Events Across the State in Honor of Women's Equality Day 

The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign, Granite State Forward, will host women-to-women phone banks and organizing events across the state this week in honor of Women's Equality Day. Over the course of the past two months, hundreds of women have volunteered and taken action to reach out to tens of thousands of their friends and neighbors to talk about what's at stake this election.
 
While Women’s Equality Day commemorates the day the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, it is also a reminder that in the year 2014, there is still much work to be done toward achieving full equality for women.
 
“While Republicans down the ballot have sought to block equal pay for equal work, limit women’s access to contraception and allow employers to stand between women and their doctors, our female leaders at the top of the ticket have been fierce advocates for New Hampshire women and families,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “This week, Women’s Equality Day is a call for action because when New Hampshire women organize, our state moves forward.”
 
For more details on the events, including those that will be open to members of the media, please contact Julie McClain at jmcclain@nhdp.org.
Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP Asks Attorney General to Launch Immediate Investigation into Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Multiple Campaign Finance Violations 

Serious Violations Found in Havenstein’s August 20th Filing Come in the Wake of Havenstein’s Ongoing Maryland Tax Evasion Scandal 
 
Manchester, NH—The New Hampshire Democratic Party today requested that Attorney General Joseph Foster launch an immediate investigation into the multiple campaign finance violations committed by failed CEO Walt Havenstein and several of his major contributors. The serious violations found in Havenstein’s August 20th filing come in the wake of Havenstein’s ongoing Maryland tax evasion scandal, which is now in its 57th day. 
 
"Given failed CEO Walt Havenstein's history of doublespeak, tax evasion, and scandals, no one should be surprised by his hypocrisy when it comes to campaign finance," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. "Havenstein's multiple violations of New Hampshire campaign finance law are just the latest example of his scandal-ridden failed leadership and lack of integrity. The only question now is: what will Havenstein say to try to avoid accountability this time?"
 
As detailed in the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s letter to the Attorney General, “the Havenstein campaign violated New Hampshire campaign finance law by accepting improper PAC contributions; by spending $24,000 on campaign activities prior to registering with the Secretary of State’s office; and providing inadequate contributor information contrary to New Hampshire campaign finance law disclosure requirements.”
 
“From pledging to repeal health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters despite cashing in on contracts to implement thelaw as CEO, to his failure to stop a fraud scandal that cost taxpayers $500 million under his watch at SAIC, and now his multiple campaign finance violations, Havenstein has proved again and again that he can't be trusted to look out for the priorities of the people of New Hampshire," added Buckley.
 
The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s full letter to the Attorney General is included below or here:
 
August 26th, 2014
 
Dear Attorney General Foster:
 
            I write to bring to your attention three serious potential violations of New Hampshire campaign finance law by Republican gubernatorial candidate Walter Havenstein and several of his major contributors, and ask that you launch an immediate investigation.
 
            It appears, the Havenstein campaign violated New Hampshire campaign finance law by accepting improper PAC contributions; by spending $24,000 on campaign activities prior to registering with the Secretary of State’s office; and providing inadequate contributor information contrary to New Hampshire campaign finance law disclosure requirements.
 
            Specifically, the New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP) urges that the Attorney General’s Office find contributions by two, unregistered out-of-state Federal PACs to be in violation of RSA 664:4.The NHDP also requests that Mr. Havenstein’s campaign be ordered to comply with campaign finance disclosure requirements and for your office to find a violation on account of the strict prohibition on unregistered campaign spending, along with calling for an appropriate remedy to that violation.
 
            Mr. Havenstein’s campaign finance violations fall into three categories and each is summarized below:
 
1.     Acceptance of Contributions from Unregistered Out-of-State PACs.
 
                  Mr. Havenstein’s campaign report states that he has benefitted from unlawful contributions made by Rogers for Congress – a Federal PAC apparently belonging to a Michigan Congressman, and an entity called Fund for American Opportunity, a Federal leadership PAC affiliated with former Michigan U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham. See Attachment 1 – Havenstein for Governor Statement of Receipts and Expenditures dated August 20, 2014 at pages 5, 13.  Under New Hampshire law, both of these contributions by PACs that are not registered in New Hampshire are prohibited, and therefore the Attorney General should find these contributions in violation and issue a cease and desist order barring further unlawful contributions by these out-of-state PACs.
 
RSA 664:5 prohibits political committees from promoting candidates with expenditures and contributions unless they are registered with the Secretary of State under RSA 664:3, I.  “Political committee” is defined as any two persons who are working to influence elections and the law is not limited just to New Hampshire persons or PACs.  Out-of-state PACs must register if they are going to make contributions or expenditures here.  Neither Rogers for Congress nor the Fund for American Opportunity have registered as required. 
     
2.     Unlawfully spending $24,000 Before Registering a Political Committee.
 
                  Mr. Havenstein violated the campaign finance laws of New Hampshire when his campaign began to spend money without registering his political committee.  According to Mr. Havenstein’s report, the first installment of nearly $1.5 million of his own money which Mr. Havenstein has dumped into his campaign was made on March 1, 2014.  See, Attachment 1 at page 7.  Four days later, Mr. Havenstein’s campaign spent $24,000 for “strategic consulting.”   See, Attachment 1 – Expenditures at page 1.  According to the Havenstein for Governor registration at the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office, Mr. Havenstein’s political committee was not registered until April, almost a month after his campaign began spending tens of thousands of dollars on political activities in violation of the law.  
 
            Under RSA 664:3, political committees such as Mr. Havenstein’s “shall register with the secretary of state not later than 24 hours after receiving any contribution in excess of $500 or before making any expenditure in excess of $500, but in no event later than 14 days after formation of the committee.”  While a contribution under New Hampshire law does not include spending a candidate’s personal wealth, political committees must register once they start expending any funds to influence an election — no matter the source of those funds.
 
            The voters of New Hampshire have a right to know who is spending money to get elected to public office and when.  Registration within 24 hours of spending is required so voters know almost immediately when a candidate begins to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a race. Mr. Havenstein’s covert campaign spending violates New Hampshire law.
 
3.     Repeated Failure to Document Required Information on Campaign Contributors in Violation of New Hampshire’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Law.
 
            Mr. Havenstein has violated New Hampshire campaign finance law by not disclosing the occupations or employers of dozens of his contributors or any information at all about the employment location of contributors who have made contributions of $100 or more.  See, Exhibit 1.  RSA 664:6 requires political committees to “file with the secretary of state an itemized statement, signed by its chairman and treasurer showing each of its receipts exceeding $25 with the full name and home post office address of the contributor in alphabetical order and the amount of the contribution, the date it was received, and the aggregate total for each election for each contributor of over $100.” For contributors who give more than $100, New Hampshire law also requires:
 
      Any listing which exceeds an individual's aggregate total of $100 for each election             shall be accompanied by the contributor's occupation including official job title, the           name of the contributor's employer, and the city or town of the contributor's                       principal place of business, if any.
 
            In the first five pages of his report alone, Mr. Havenstein fails to report employers or occupations and in most instances, both, of 45 contributions out of 135 that exceed the 100 dollar threshold for the more detailed reporting. This is just over a third. The numerous omissions go on for many pages.  Mr. Havenstein should be ordered to immediately resubmit his report in compliance with New Hampshire law.
 
            While admittedly even campaigns exercising due diligence will not be able to obtain on a timely basis the required disclosure information by the date of filing, the sheer scope of the Havenstein campaign’s omissions is indicative of massive neglect in following up with contributors and complying with the letter of the law.  The disclosure requirements are not empty formalities. The requirements are intended to insure transparency by providing information on where contributors work and what they do. The statute requires specificity for a reason.  Mr. Havenstein has shirked the disclosure requirements and he should be ordered to comply immediately so voters have a better picture of just who is funding Mr. Havenstein’s campaign.
 
            The NHDP looks forward to your investigation and rulings. 

Sincerely,
 
 
Raymond Buckley
 
Chair, New Hampshire Democratic Party
 
 
 
CC: Havenstein for Governor
Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP - Ultra-Conservative Marilinda Garcia Sought Private Guidance from Indicted Texas Governor and Tea Party Extremist Rick Perry

Both Garcia and Perry Share Similar Records Fighting Against Equal Rights for Women and LGBT Citizens
 
Manchester, NH – In a recent WMUR report, Bill O’Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed Marilinda Garcia sought private guidance from indicted Texas governor and Tea Party extremist Rick Perry while he made his trip through New Hampshire last week.
 
According to WMUR, "Garcia met privately one-on-one with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss border security among other topics.” The private meeting is fitting, given that the two share similar beliefs in considering women's rights and LGBT equality as second-class issues.
 
“It's no surprise that Bill O'Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed candidate Marilinda Garcia sought private guidance from indicted governor and Tea Party extremist Rick Perry, as both have troubling records of insulting and demeaning women and LGBT Americans, depriving them of equal rights,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "As a state representative, Marilinda Garcia voted against economic progress for New Hampshire women and families at every turn and called marriage an institution that makes no sense for same-sex couples. As Governor of Texas, Perry called equal pay for equal work 'nonsense' and infamously compared LGBT people to alcoholics."
 
Ahead of the general election, Garcia has been trying to cover her tracks by hiding her past ultra-conservative record on women's health and economic issues while playing up her frontrunner status in the GOP primary.
 
“As Garcia scrambles to hide her far-right record from voters ahead of the general election, news of her private mentorship from the likes of Rick Perry, who received a paltry 0.7% of the vote in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary, reinforces why her Tea Party views do not represent New Hampshire values,” continued McClain.
 
See below for a comparison of ultra-conservative records between Garcia and Perry
 
Garcia's Record on LGBT Equality and Women's Economic Issues
 
Garcia calls marriage an institution that makes no sense for same-sex couples
“Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican, said gay marriage should not be allowed because only heterosexual couples can unite biologically.' Marriage has to do with generativity, not love or commitment, she said. 'A same-sex couple cannot thus unite, therefore the state has no interest in regulating their relationship,' Garcia said. 'The symbolic message of inclusion for same-sex couples in an institution that makes no sense for them would be coupled with another message: That marriage is about the desires of adults rather than the interests of children. [Concord Monitor, 3/22/12]
 
As state representative, Garcia championed repealing marriage equality in NH: “Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, spoke for the bill saying the only purpose of same-sex marriage was to provide symbolism and a “psychic benefit” for those couples.” [Concord Patch, 3/24/12]
 
Garcia opposes Equal Pay: At a campaign debate, Garcia said: “I’m sure there are a lot of factors why–if it is true that women do earn less than men, that could be the case–but in general I don’t support things that basically, allow for a more litigious society than we already have and I think this puts the employer at a disadvantage.” [NH-02 Primary Debate, 2/06/14]
 
Garcia opposes Paycheck Fairness: “On the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to litigate allegations of gender discrimination in the workplace, Garcia said imposing ‘what can somewhat be arbitrary standards of fairness … puts the employer at a disadvantage’ when it comes to hiring.” [The Hill, 6/09/14]
 
Perry's Record on LGBT Equality and Women's Economic Issues
 
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared homosexuality to alcoholism Wednesday, arguing that both can be overcome.” [Washington Post, 6/12/12]
 
"Rick Perry: Equal Pay "nonsense" in Texas"
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called the debate over equal pay for women that is lighting up the Texas governor’s race “nonsense,” saying the Democrats should focus on “substantive issues.” [Politico, 3/25/14]
Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP - NEW CAMPAIGN: NHDP Launches “Big Oil Billionaires for Brown”

Highlighting Brown’s Devotion to Big Oil Special Interests
 
Brown Votes for Their Tax Breaks, They Fund Brown’s Campaigns
 

Manchester, NH—The New Hampshire Democratic Party is launching “Big Oil Billionaires for Brown,” a fully integrated campaign to highlight Brown’s special relationship and record of close ties with out-of-state special interests that do not have New Hampshire families’ best interests in mind. This campaign will include earned, paid, and owned media initiatives calling out Scott Brown’s past record and continued relationship with Big Oil special interests.
 
“There's a reason Big Oil billionaires like the Koch Brothers are spending millions to buy New Hampshire's senate seat for Scott Brown: they want him back in the Senate voting for their interests--not New Hampshire's--just like he did when he was representing Massachusetts. For years Brown delivered for Big Oil by voting to protect their special tax breaks, while they rewarded him with half a million dollars in campaign contributions and ads, and now he's anxious to get back to work for them,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain

“New Hampshire Democrats are making sure Scott Brown gets what he deserves—a hearty endorsement by a group that he has fought for year after year—Big Oil billionaires," added McClain. 
 
The “Big Oil Billionaires for Brown” campaign will include digital extensions—FacebookTwitter, and an official website—as well as paid digital ads that target persuadable voters in New Hampshire.

 
Brown’s record of support for Big Oil and Wall Street special interest is long and consistent.
 
·      Brown voted for tens of billions of dollars in special tax breaks for big oil companies even when it meant voting against reducing the deficit and investing in alternative energy.
·      Brown voted to save tax loopholes for oil and gas companies even when it meant voting against tax deductions for small businesses. 


 
And Big Oil billionaires have returned the favor.
·      Big Oil has invested big in Scott Brown, rewarding him with nearly a half million dollars in campaign contributions over his career for protecting them.
·      In 2012, only five members of Congress took more money from oil and gas companies than Scott Brown.
·      Big Oil has spent more than $2.3 million on attack ads against Jeanne Shaheen to help their former guardian Scott Brown get back to Senate to work for them. In total, special interest groups have spent and will spend more than $7.8 million against her to date.