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Wednesday
May132015

NHDP - EXPLOSIVE WMUR Report Exposes Frank Guinta's Lies: Guinta Ordered To Repay Over $350,000 In Illegal Campaign Contributions 

FEC Investigation Confirms Frank Guinta Repeatedly Lied To Granite Staters For Nearly Five Years

 
Concord, N.H. – An explosive report from WMUR revealed that a Federal Election Commission (FEC) investigation found that Frank Guinta has repeatedly lied to the people of New Hampshire about funneling more than $350,000 in illegal contributions to his campaign.
  
“For nearly five years, Frank Guinta has repeatedly lied to the people of New Hampshire about funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions to his campaign,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “The FEC has now definitively confirmed that Guinta not only violated campaign finance laws, but also that he deliberately violated the public’s trust. This is truly conduct unbefitting of a United States Congressman.”
 
According to WMUR’s report:
 
“For five years, Guinta has remained steadfast that he did nothing wrong. On Tuesday, News 9 obtained the conciliation agreement that states:
 
‘Between June of 2009 and September of 2010, Guinta received $381,000 in the form of checks made payable to him, drawn from accounts held in Guinta's parents' names, to which Guinta contends he had an equitable interest.’
 
The agreement goes on to say that Guinta used that money to make $355,000 in loans to his campaign committee. It also says that Guinta's campaign ‘accepted excessive contributions as a result in a violation’ of FEC rules.
 
To resolve the complaint, Guinta's campaign committee has agreed to pay back $355,000 within 12 months and pay a $15,000 fine.”
 
FRANK GUINTA REPEATEDLY LIED TO PUBLIC ABOUT FUNNELING MORE THAN $350,000 IN ILLEGAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO HIS CAMPAIGN
 
Campaign Manager: “Guinta Merely Has Liquidated Some Of His Stock Market And Mutual Fund Assets”
In July 2010, “Campaign manager Michael Biundo said Guinta merely has liquidated some of his stock market and mutual fund assets, and that there’s more where that comes from. ‘He’s not a wealthy man, but has resources beyond that which he has already contributed to the campaign,’’ Biundo said. ‘Those are personal loans without collateral for which he expects to get back in repayment.’” [Nashua Telegraph, 7/11/10]
 
Guinta: “I Have Complied With Every FEC Requirement.”
In August 2010, Guinta told the Nashua Telegraph, “I have complied with every FEC requirement. And I’m not going to let an allegation by Fergus Cullen that’s based on opinion dictate releasing personal information beyond what the FEC is asking me to do.” [Nashua Telegraph, 8/24/10]
 
WMUR: “[Guinta] Pledged… That He Didn’t Receive The Money From Family Or Friends”
In October 2010, WMUR’s James Pindell reported, Guinta “pledged that he earned every cent he gave his campaign, and that he didn’t receive the money from family or friends or anyone who wanted to buy influence.” [WMUR, 10/13/10]
 
Union Leader: “Guinta Denies He Got Big Money From His Parents”
In October 2010, the Union Leader reported, “Republican Frank Guinta yesterday denied accepting money from his parents to help finance his 1st District U.S. House campaign and said Carol Shea-Porter and the Democratic Party have stooped to a ‘new low’ for implying that he did.” [Union Leader, 10/14/10]
 
Asked If He Used His Parents’ Money, Guinta Said, “The Answer Is No”
“Guinta told the Granite Status later yesterday he did not accept his parents' money and that he and his wife had saved up the money themselves. ‘To answer that directly,’ he said of the questions about using his parents' money, ‘the answer is no.’” [Union Leader, 10/14/10]
 
Guinta: “My Wife And I Have Been In The Workforce For Nearly 20 Years… Over Years Of Time, We Have Been Able To Put This Money Together."
"It's no different than what I've been telling people for the last several months. My wife and I have been in the workforce for nearly 20 years. I have been in the private sector. I've been fortunate to make money also in the markets. Over years of time, we have been able to put this money together." [Union Leader, 10/14/10]
 
AP: “Guinta Himself Has Insisted The Money Was Not An Illegal Campaign Donation”
In October 2010, the Associated Press reported, “Guinta himself has insisted the money was not an illegal campaign donation. ‘For approximately 20 years prior to my service as mayor, my wife and I both worked in the private sector. I'm proud of the fact that we were both successful,' Guinta said during a debate. 'I'm standing on principle. I don't think it's necessary to actually open up my bank statements to every single person, and if you don't like that answer, that is your prerogative.'” [Associated Press, 10/29/10]
 
Guinta: “The FEC… Said That I Was Exonerated, That I Was In Full Compliance”
In WMUR’s 2014 CD1 debate, Guinta said, “The FEC, in December of 2010, a month after the election, and before I was even sworn into office said that I was exonerated, that I was in full compliance... You’re lying about my record, and I think people in New Hampshire ought to know the truth.” [WMUR, 10/27/14]
 

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Tuesday
May122015

US Reps Guinta & Kuster highlight mental health bill, hear from local advocates at Mental Health Summit 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – This morning, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a mental health summit to announce draft legislation the two Representatives are planning to introduce jointly in order to improve mental health care across the country. Nearly 100 mental health advocates, experts, and professionals from across the Granite State were in attendance to discuss the draft legislation and other initiatives to improve the mental health system in New Hampshire. 

 

"Reforming our mental health system is a cause both near and dear to my heart. As the primary caretaker of a family member battling a mental illness, I know firsthand how our current system is failing those with these illnesses and also where there are opportunities to strengthen our system. This is a common-sense and bipartisan issue; and I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Kuster to fix this urgent issue facing the Granite State,” said Guinta.

 

“I was so pleased to host this joint summit with Congressman Guinta in order to hear directly from local stakeholders in New Hampshire about how best to increase access to mental health care for those in need.  It’s long past time to remove the stigma around mental health and ensure that high quality care is offered in the Granite State and beyond, and I’m proud to join with Congressman Guinta in drafting legislation to improve mental health services across the nation. Today’s summit gave us a chance to receive feedback on our legislation from those in the community who are working on these issues every day on the ground in New Hampshire, and we look forward to incorporating their thoughts in our bill as we prepare to introduce the legislation in the House,” said Rep. Kuster.

 

The draft legislation being discussed during the summit looks to address several aspects of mental health services and treatment, including the formation of a Mental Health Coordination Committee to establish a national strategy for the treatment of mental illness, the expansion of current demonstration projects for Federally Qualified Community Health centers, and increased investment in research for the prevention and treatment of mental illness disorders.  Guinta and Kuster will use the feedback they heard at the summit to revise and improve their proposal before introducing the joint legislation at a later date.

 

Today’s summit gave advocates, providers, and state lawmakers a chance to discuss with Guinta and Kuster the challenges facing Granite Staters with mental illness, the current support system and treatment options, plans to improve services, and their thoughts on how Congress can better support the mental health community.  Following welcoming remarks by Guinta and Kuster, three discussion panels on Co-occurring Disorders, Barriers to Care, and Mental Health and the Justice System took place. Kuster and Guinta were joined at the summit by NH DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, and NAMI NH Executive Director Ken Norton, as well as representatives from the health care, law enforcement, mental health, substance abuse, and corrections communities. 

 

 

(May 11, 2015 | Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster during today’s mental health summit with local advocates)

 

 

Saturday
May092015

US Reps Guinta & Kuster to highlight mental health bill at Mental Health Summit Monday in Concord 

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Monday in Concord: Guinta & Kuster to Highlight Mental HealthBill and Hear from Local Advocates at Mental Health Summit

 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Washington, D.C. – This Monday, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will host a mental health summit to announce draft legislation the two Representatives are planning to introduce together in order to improve mental health care across the country. The summit will convene advocates and experts to discuss the draft legislation and other initiatives to improve the mental health system in New Hampshire.  Following welcoming remarks by Kuster and Guinta, three discussion panels on Co-occurring Disorders, Barriers to Care, and Mental Health and the Justice System will take place.  During the summit, Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster will hear from advocates, health providers, and state law makers about the challenges facing Granite Staters with mental illness, the current support system and treatment options, and plans to improve services and research in the future.

 

The draft legislation being discussed during the summit looks to address several aspects of mental health services and treatment, including the formation of a Mental Health Coordination Committee to establish a national strategy for the treatment of mental illness, the expansion of current demonstration projects for Federally Qualified Community Health centers, and increased investment in research for the prevention and treatment of mental illness disorders.  The Representatives will use the feedback they hear at the summit to revise and improve their proposal before introducing the joint legislation at a later date.

 

Monday’s summit will give advocates and providers a chance to share their expertise, suggestions, and concerns with Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster on how Congress can better support the mental health community.  Guinta and Kuster will be joined at Monday’s summit by NH DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, and NAMI NH Executive Director Ken Norton, as well as representatives from the health care, law enforcement, mental health, substance abuse, and corrections communities. 

 

This event is open to the press; anyone interested in attending must RSVP to danielle.adams@mail.house.gov

 

WHO: Congressman Frank Guinta

            Congresswoman Annie Kuster

            Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, NH Department of Health and                          Humans Services

            Tina Nadeau, Chief Justice, NH Superior Court

            Bill Ryder, CEO and President, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

            Jay Couture, Executive Director, Seacoast Mental Health Center

            Ken Norton, Executive Director; NAMI NH

            Tym Rourke, Director of Substance Use Disorders, NH Charitable Foundation

            Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director, Genesis Behavioral Health

            Jim Woodward, CEO, Elliot Health Systems

            Bob MacLeod, CEO, New Hampshire Hospital

            Peter Evers, CEO and Executive Director, Riverbend Community Mental Health

            David Goldstein, Chief, Franklin Police Department

            Ronald White, Superintendent, Merrimack County Corrections

            Helen Hanks, Assistant Commissioner, NH Department of Corrections

 

WHAT: Guinta and Kuster to share draft legislation and hear from advocates during mental health summit

 

WHEN: Monday, May 11th at 9:00 AM

 

WHERE: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

 

Friday
May082015

US Rep Guinta announces eighth townhall of the year 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta will host a townhall this Saturday in Seabrook to discuss issues of concern to Granite State seniors.  These are vital to the legislative process and serve to update Granite Staters on his work in Washington while receiving important feedback.  

This marks the eighth townhall of the year.  Congressman Guinta has now held one townhall in each of the First District’s seven counties.  

The Seabrook town hall will be focused on issues of concern to our senior citizens, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  

Eighth town hall of the year to focus on NH-01 Seniors 

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts eighth town hall of the year

 WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of the New Hampshire interested in discussing issues affecting senior citizens and members of the press are invited to attend. 

WHERE: 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, New Hampshire. 

WHEN:  Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday
May062015

US Rep Guinta announces eighth townhall of the year 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta will host a townhall this Saturday in Seabrook to discuss issues of concern to Granite State seniors.  These are vital to the legislative process and serve to update Granite Staters on his work in Washington while receiving important feedback. 

This marks the eighth townhall of the year.  Congressman Guinta has now held one townhall in each of the First District’s seven counties. 

The Seabrook town hall will be focused on issues of concern to our senior citizens, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

Eighth town hall of the year to focus on NH-01 Seniors

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts eighth town hall of the year

WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of the New Hampshire interested in discussing issues affecting senior citizens and members of the press are invited to attend.

WHERE: 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, New Hampshire.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.