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Special Interest Union PAC Made $25,000 Donation To Governor's Campaign


Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today asked Attorney General Joseph Foster to investigate an illegal contribution made by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) PAC to Governor Maggie Hassan's re-election campaign. According to documents filed with the Secretary of State's office, the Washington, DC based IBEW PAC broke the law by making a $25,000 donation to Hassan's candidate committee that dramatically exceeded New Hampshire's contribution limits. State law limits candidates like Governor Hassan who decline to follow an expenditure cap to $7,000 in combined donations for the pre-declaration of candidacy period, the primary election and the general election.


IBEW PAC is a special interest committee that is trying to buy influence in Concord and push elected officials like Governor Hassan to support the controversial Northern Pass project.


"It is troubling and alarming to see that a pro-Northern Pass special interest group funded by union bosses is illegally funneling money into Governor Hassan's re-election campaign. Attorney General Foster needs to immediately investigate Governor Hassan's illegal campaign activity and force her to follow the law," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Governor Hassan has attempted to play both sides in the ongoing debate over the controversial Northern Pass project. Her decision to accept illegal contributions from a pro-Northern Pass political action committee raises serious questions that she needs to answer."


Below is the full letter that the New Hampshire Republican State Committee sent to the Department of Justice this morning:


Attorney General Joseph Foster

New Hampshire Department of Justice

33 Capitol Street

Concord, NH 03301


Dear Attorney General Joseph Foster,


On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I am writing today to respectfully request that you investigate an illegal contribution made by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) PAC to Governor Maggie Hassan's re-election campaign. According the IBEW PAC's June 18th, 2014 filing with the Secretary of State's office, the committee made a $25,000 donation to Friends of Maggie Hassan, dramatically exceeding New Hampshire's legal contribution limits (Exhibit A).

According to a February, 2012 opinion issued by the New Hampshire Department of Justice (Exhibit B) and currently posted on the NewHampshire Secretary of State's website, state law limits candidate contributions. This opinion mentions that RSA 664:4, V. "establishes contribution limits of up to $1,000 or up to $5,000 depending on whether a candidate voluntarily agrees to the expenditure cap established in RSA: 665:5-a." Relying on this language and prior opinions, the Department of Justice states that limits on contributions can be made during three periods: "(1) any exploratory campaign period (pre-declaration of candidacy); (2) Primary Election; and (3) General Election."


According to this opinion, candidates can accept up to $5,000 in pre-declaration contributions. Candidates who agree to the expenditure cap can accept donations of up to $5,000 in both the primary and the general. Candidates who don't agree to the expenditure cap can accept up to $1,000 in the primary in the general. The opinion clearly states that candidates who agree to the cap can receive a total maximum amount of contributions over all three periods of $15,000 while those who don't agree to the cap are held to a maximum of $7,000 in contributions.


On June 12, 2014 the IBEW PAC broke state law by donating $25,000 to Friends of Maggie Hassan, a candidate committee that supports the reelection of Governor Maggie Hassan. According to filings with the Secretary of State's office and a letter sent by Governor Hassan to Secretary William Gardner (Exhibit C), Friends of Maggie Hassan is a candidate committee that was suspiciously renamed "Maggie 14" the same day that IBEW made the illegal contribution.


"Please accept the attached form as an amendment to my current candidate committee, Friends of Maggie Hassan. The name is changed from 'Friends of Maggie Hassan' to 'Maggie 14,'" wrote Governor Hassan in a June 12, 2014 letter to Secretary Gardner. "'Maggie 14' will continue as my candidate committee."


Governor Hassan also officially filed her paperwork to run for re-election on June 12, 2014.


Since Governor Hassan has not agreed to adhere to the expenditure cap, based on the Department of Justice opinion the maximum amount of contributions the Hassan Campaign can receive over all three periods from the IBEW PAC is $7,000. The IBEW PAC's $25,000 contribution exceeds this limit by $18,000 and is clearly in violation of state law.


Additionally the IBEW PAC's filing raises very serious red flags that must also be investigated. The committee lists total receipts of $143,667.86, yet it fails to list a single itemized receipt. It is a mystery where this money came from.


Furthermore, the IBEW PAC filed its registration with the Secretary of State's office on June 17, 2014 (Exhibit D). Yet the committee's report indicates the illegal donation to Governor Hassan's committee was made on June 12, 2014 - five days before it filed its registration form and the same day that Governor Hassan officially became a candidate.


Clearly, Governor Hassan's committee and the IBEW PAC have deliberately exceeded New Hampshire's campaign contribution limits. The IBEW has also failed to follow the law by refusing to disclose its itemized receipts. In order to ensure public confidence in state government, I ask that you investigate these important matters immediately.




Jennifer Horn


New Hampshire Republican State Committee


ALG's Daily Grind - Steel company paying fines rather than comply with Obamcare employer mandate?


July 8, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Carl Icahn-owned steel company to pay fines rather than comply with Obamcare employer mandate?
United Steelworkers District 1 director David McCall: "The ACA was never intended to be used by employers as an excuse to deprive workers of insurance, yet Carl Icahn would rather pay the fine than negotiate a contract."

Cartoon: Transformed 

What if we treated food distribution like we treat health care?
As a mental exercise, to see how unnaturally our policies treat health care, imagine if the government declared food a "human right" like they have with health care.

CBS News: Chris McDaniel will challenge Mississippi runoff results
"McDaniel said his campaign found at least 5,000 irregularities in voting and that he will mount a legal challenge 'any day now.'"


State Budget Solutions Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Unions 

“This case is a big win for employees…who did not want to be a part of this union in the first place”

Glen Allen, VA – Bob Williams, President of State Budget Solutions, a national organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility, released the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court’s ruling on public sector unions:
“This case is a big win for the employees in Illinois who did not want to be part of this union in the first place. State governments cannot force collective bargaining on any group, at the behest of union officials. Now, employees in Illinois, and in states with similar public employee laws, are not forced into associating with a union just because a labor-backed politician desperately wants union dues spent on his or her future campaign.”
To schedule an interview with Bob Williams please contact Brian Jodice at (202) 681-3423 or
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CEI Today: EPA clean power plan, vote on union subsidy, and suing the NSA 

Friday, June 13, 2014
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EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators?


EPA’s carbon “pollution” rule for existing power plants, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, requires states, on average, to reduce power-sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.


If EPA really believes the rule will deliver $31 billion in climate benefits in 2030, then why do the Clean Power Plan rule, the RIA, and the By the Numbers Fact Sheet provide no estimates of how the rule will affect warming rates, sea-level rise, drought frequency, tropical storm behavior, polar bear populations, heat mortality risk, or any other climate-related indicator people care about? The answer should be obvious. It’s because the rule will have no perceptible impact on those indicators in 2030 — and very likely not even in 2100. > Read more

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UNION SUBSIDY - TREY KOVACS 60 House Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Subsidy

In light of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Internal Revenue Service scandals, many Republican congressmen have come out against the practice known as union official time, which releases federal employees from their regularly assigned duties to conduct union business. > Read more
>Interview Trey Kovacs


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ALG - House votes to subsidize unions 


June 11, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting the House of Representatives for failing to stop taxpayer subsidies for unions in the Housing and Urban Development and Transportation appropriations bill through the defeat an amendment offered by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) that would have defunded the practice known as "official time" where taxpayers pay federal employees to work for unions

"By failing to adopt the Gingrey rider to the Transportation appropriations bill, the House has voted to subsidize union work. Unions could pay for these employees themselves. Why are taxpayers subsidizing organized labor? And why are members of the House blocking efforts to bring an end to this unjustifiable practice?

 "We applaud Rep. Gingrey's efforts to defund taxpayer subsidies for union officials. While the result is disappointing, there will be more opportunities in future appropriations bills to defund the hundreds of full-time union official and thousands more part-time across the federal government who are working on the taxpayer's dime. We urge the House to reconsider this issue carefully." 

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"Public employee union's 'official time' personnel bailout," By Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens, Washington Examiner, April 21, 2013 at 


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