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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following on the Shaheen Campaign's comments on Senator Shaheen's ties to a family business that sold stolen goods:


"Jeanne Shaheen has touted her small business experience during her political campaigns, but never disclosed that she worked at a family business that was later tied to a burglary ring. She never mentioned that her former business partner was convicted of receiving and selling stolen property and went to jail.


"These new revelations raise serious questions that Senator Shaheen should address at an open and unfettered town hall meeting. New Hampshire expects their elected officials to be transparent and accessible. If Senator Shaheen truly has nothing to hide, she should be willing to personally answer questions from her constituents about this issue at a town hall meeting."




Dem Senator's Small Business Experience Was Co-Running Store that Sold Stolen Goods

Washington Free Beacon

CJ Ciaramella

September 18, 2014


Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner. Shaheen's small business "experience" was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry.


"As the former owner and manager of a small retail business, Senator Shaheen knows what it's like to worry about meeting payroll and inventory costs to keep a business going," the Issues section of her Senate website declares. Her Senate biography also describes her as a "former small business owner."


This week, the Shaheen campaign asked voters to compare Scott Brown's small business record against her own.


"New Hampshire voters know they can trust Jeanne Shaheen because she votes to put New Hampshire first, and the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act is the perfect example of that," Shaheen Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich said. "Scott Brown had the opportunity to vote on the exact same bill to help small businesses across the state, but he sided with Wall Street and big corporate interests and voted no. That's as clear of a contrast as you can get. Jeanne Shaheen votes to put New Hampshire first, and Scott Brown doesn't."


In 1969, Shaheen and her husband, Bill, cofounded and had a stake in "Bill & Bob's-A Sterling Example," a shop with locations in both New Hampshire and Maine that sold used jewelry, silver, and leather items. The business was co-owned by Bill Shaheen's brother-in-law, future state senator Bob Fennelly.


In 1980, police executed a search warrant at the Maine Bill and Bob's location in connection to an investigation of a burglary ring that authorities said had stolen up to $200,000 of property from 27 residences.


Fennelly was indicted for allegedly buying $11,000 of stolen jewelry from the burglars. Fennelly retained a lawyer, Robert Stein, who would later become a partner at Bill Shaheen's law firm.


"It was a known fact that Bill and Bob's would buy any silver and gold without asking many questions," one burglar told police, according to a Sep. 6, 1980 report by the Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper, which extensively covered the trial.


In an affidavit, one of the burglars said he was paid $6,000 for stolen jewelry by Fennelly over a two-day period. The burglars said that on another occasion he told Fennelly that he'd found several pieces of stolen jewelry on the beach by using a metal detector.


During the trial, the prosecution played a tape of an interview with Fennelly. He said "many persons worked in the shops," including "his wife, Margaret, at the York store and his mother-in-law, Josephine Shaheen, and his brother-in-law, Bill Shaheen, on weekends, at the Dover store."


Bill Shaheen testified in court that he sold his stake in the business to his sister Josephine in 1977, after President Jimmy Carter named him U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. He said he still occasionally worked at the store on weekends, according to the Foster's Daily Democrat.


The Shaheens were never charged or connected to the crimes.


Fennelly was convicted in New Hampshire on two felony counts of receiving stolen property and three identical counts in Maine.


The scandal destroyed Fennelly's political career. The Shaheens were never charged or connected to the crimes. The Maine Bill and Bob's location remains open.


On the campaign trail, in speeches, and in print, Shaheen cited her experience with Bill and Bob's as proof of her small business bona fides.


"I also understand the importance of small business on a very personal level because for the first eight years that my husband and I were married, we were involved in a partnership and a family business," said in 2004. "We had a very small business, a seasonal business in York Beach, Maine. But it was enough to teach me at a very personal gut level the issues that you deal with as business people. I had to deal with the personnel issues, with meeting the payroll, with paying the bills, paying the taxes, and all of the bureaucratic regulations that go along."


The Shaheen campaign did not return a call seeking comment.


NHDP - Massachusetts Truth Team: Brown’s Big Oil, Wall Street Record for New Hampshire Voters 

Those Who Know Brown Best Highlight How Brown Failed Small Businesses, Women, Students, and Working Families 

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Manchester, NH—A dozen concerned men and women from Massachusetts, which included an elected state representative, union members, a women’s health advocate, a retired educator, and small business owners—traveled to Manchester today to launch the “Massachusetts Truth Team,” highlighting why Scott Brown was wrong for Massachusetts and is not for New Hampshire. The group specifically highlighted Brown's opposition to equal pay protections for women, the minimum wage, and support for small businesses, along with his support for Big Oil, Wall Street, and tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs as reason why New Hampshire can't afford to support him this November. 
“These men and women are highlighting how Scott Brown’s record was wrong for Massachusetts and is not for New Hampshire,” said Former NHDP Chair Kathy Sullivan. “Instead of voting in the interest of working families, he voted to protect special breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Instead of protecting small businesses, he voted repeatedly to protect tax breaks for the big oil companies, making record profits. Instead of protecting women’s health choices, he supported the Blunt Amendment and defended the Hobby Lobby decision.”
“During a time when Massachusetts workers needed good-paying jobs, Scott Brown voted to protect special breaks for companies that send American jobs overseas, tax breaks for Big Oil, and scored a sweetheart deal for Wall Street banks when he watered down regulations and got them off the hook for $19 billion to help pay for reforms,” said small business owner Barbara Weniger. “As a small business owner, that was all I needed to see to know that he wasn’t looking out for me – he was looking out for the out-of-state special interest groups that were lining his campaign coffers. Wherever Scott Brown goes, we know who has his ear—and that’s Wall Street.”
“Scott Brown was our Senator in Massachusetts when many families were having a tough time just paying the bills,” said Linda Harvey, who operates her own law firm and often represents working families. “He spent his entire campaign riding around in his truck, telling families like mine that he was one of us. But once he got there, we found out who Scott Brown really stood for: Wall Street and Big Oil. As someone who’s seen Scott Brown campaign before, I say this: don’t buy what he’s selling.”

“When Scott Brown was in Massachusetts, he always delivered for Big Oil and Wall Street, but he left Massachusetts students in the dust, voting to cut programs like Pell Grants and Head Start that put our kids on a path to success,” said retired teacher Lois Jacobs. “Nothing does more to promote opportunity in this country than access to an affordable, quality education. But Scott Brown voted time and time again to make cuts to education while supporting special breaks for Big Oil and Wall Street.”

“Once Scott Brown became a Senator, it became clear who he was,” said Secretary Treasurer of New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Mark Erlich. “In 2010, he voted three times against extending unemployment benefits during the greatest recession since the Great Depression. He voted twice against job creation legislation, even recently saying that he does not believe that a Senator should create jobs. Meanwhile, he voted to protect $24 billion in tax subsidies for Big Oil companies, and he watered down regulations for big banks, saving them $19 billion. New Hampshire is a great state, and my view is that New Hampshire deserves better.”

“When Scott Brown was Senator in Massachusetts, women learned the hard way that he’s not someone we can trust, especially when it comes to pay equity and women’s health,” said Megan Amundson, Executive Director of Massachusetts NARAL. “He’s always talked a big game about being bipartisan and protecting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, he let us down when it counted every time. Scott Brown lost his seat in Massachusetts because he does not stand with women, so women did not stand with him. Make no mistake—nothing has changed. He will represent New Hampshire women just as poorly as he represented Massachusetts women.”
“Since Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire, he has been rejecting research and statistics that show that an increase in the minimum wage results in faster job growth, and he has ignored the fact that more than 110,000 Granite Staters, of which 60% are women, would get a much-needed raise if the federal minimum wage were increased to $10.10 an hour,” said State Representative Tom Conroy. “Scott Brown has spent months struggling to explain why he opposes raising the minimum wage, which is exactly why Brown has the wrong priorities for New Hampshire. He’s turning his back on hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters, all while he collects a $270,000 paycheck from a company that outsourced American jobs. Brown even endorsing that business strategy. I urge Granite Staters to reject Brown on November 4th.”
Over the next seven weeks, the Massachusetts Truth Team will show how Scott Brown was wrong for Massachusetts and is not for New Hampshire as he attempts to distort the facts about his positions and rewrite history as a Senate candidate in New Hampshire.  

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley & NJ Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Hammer Havenstein & Brown for Following in Christie's Disastrous Economic Footsteps 

As NJ Faces 8th Credit Downgrade, Christie Makes A 3rd Swing Through NH to Stump for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown

Manchester, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley and New Jersey Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman joined a press call earlier today to discuss Governor Chris Christie’s disastrous economic record as he makes another trip to New Hampshire stumping for GOP candidates Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown.

Christie's failed economic record rivals that of his hand-picked candidate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein. Under Governor Christie’s watch, New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded eight times, while during Havenstein’s tenure as CEO of defense contractor SAIC, the company lost millions of dollars in revenue and its stock value plummeted 32%. During Christie's tenure, New Jersey has also regained less than half the jobs it lost in the recession, while SAIC shed thousands of jobs during Havenstein’s disastrous time as CEO.

“Havenstein’s failed economic record alone makes it clear that he shouldn’t be allowed to run our state, even before he started taking pointers in budget mismanagement from Chris Christie,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “As Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown hold up Chris Christie's economic disaster as a model for what they’d do to New Hampshire, they’re making it even clearer that they would devastate our middle class families and drive our economy into the ground.”

Christie is also expected to endorse Scott Brown during his upcoming trip to New Hampshire, bringing with him a large out-of-state donor network to help fund Brown's campaign. Right now, Big Oil, Wall Street, and other out of state special interests plan to spend millions in New Hampshire to try and buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for their reliable ally Scott Brown – just so he can get back to the U.S. Senate to once again vote to protect their interests over middle-class Granite Staters.

“So if we take away anything from Christie's upcoming trip to our state – it will be further proof that Scott Brown is for Scott Brown, his bank account, and the Big Oil, Wall Street special interests that fund his campaigns,” added Buckley.

“The campaigns of Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown must be in worse shape if they really want to parade around with Governor Christie just days after New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded for the 7th and 8th time since Governor Christie took office,” said Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. “Granite Staters can’t afford to let Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown do to New Hampshire what Chris Christie has done to New Jersey.”


NHDP Kicks Off “Massachusetts Week” to Highlight Scott Brown’s Big Oil, Wall Street, Anti-Middle Class Record 

NHDP: “Wall Street’s Favorite” Only Cares About Himself, His Bank Account, and the Corporate Interests That Fund His Campaign

Manchester, NH—The New Hampshire Democratic Party is launching “Massachusetts Week,” a week long campaign using paid advertising, grassroots organizing and surrogates from Massachusetts to highlight Scott Brown’s record of protecting corporate interests like Big Oil and Wall Street as a Bay Stater.  Brown's record in Massachusetts is more proof that he is looking out for himself, his personal bank account, and the out-of-state corporate interests that fund his campaign -- not New Hampshire. 
“Scott Brown was wrong for Massachusetts and is not for New Hampshire. Brown has a long record of fighting for Big Oil and Wall Street at the expense of Bay Staters, and we are going to make sure Granite Staters know the truth,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “We plan to shine a bright light on his Massachusetts record, which includes protecting special breaks for oil companies and companies that ship jobs overseas; securing sweetheart deals for the big Wall Street banks; and voting to let employers deny women access to basic health services like mammograms.”
This morning, the NHDP launched two new online ads highlighting the four years anniversary of Scott Brown voting to protect tax breaks for oil companies rather than help small businesses as a Massachusetts U.S. Senator.  Brown sided with the big oil companies making record profits instead of small businesses, and then continuing to collect hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from oil companies.
Later this week, the NHDP will be hosting phone banks and press events with Massachusetts surrogates.  They will share their first hand experience with Scott Brown and his record of protecting corporate interests like Big Oil and Wall Street instead of working families and small businesses as their U.S. Senator.  
Separately, a grassroots team of seniors in Massachusetts, who campaigned against Scott Brown in Massachusetts, are launching Grannies Against Brown.  They will be sending individually signed postcards to seniors in New Hampshire talking to them about why Scott Brown is wrong for seniors, Social Security, and Medicare.  

"The people who knew Scott Brown best voted him out of office.  This week, they are going to be sharing their own personal Scott Brown experiences with Granite Staters, highlighting just how wrong he is for New Hampshire," added McClain.