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Citizens For A Strong NH - Files RTK Request with Hassan's office 


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire calls on Hassan to stop hiding from her constituents

(July 8, 2015) -  Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is filing a Right to Know request with Governor Maggie Hassan's office today. We are requesting all correspondences to/from the governor and/or her staff between the dates of January 3, 2013 (her first inauguration) and July 8, 2015. We are also requesting all information pertaining to her taxpayer-funded travel between those dates.

In recent months, Governor Hassan has appeared to use budget negotiations and her vetoes to further her political career at the expense of her constituents. News pertaining to conversations between Governor Hassan and US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid have also raised concerns regarding her use of the corner office, and taxpayer-funded resources, to further her future political ambitions. Thus, Granite Staters deserve to the ability to ensure that none of their money has never been inappropriately used for political gain.

To expedite the most pertinent information, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has asked for Governor Hassan's office to make the first item on the list outlined below a priority, however, we expect her office to comply with all of our requests in a timely manner.

In the past, Governor Hassan has refused to comply with any of our Right to Know requests (documentation of her refusal can be provided upon request). If she refuses again, we call on her to explain to the news media what she is hiding and why Granite Staters do not deserve the ability to ensure their tax dollars are not being used inappropriately. 

Here is the text of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's Right to Know request:


Derek Dufresne

General Consultant

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire
373 S. Willow St, PMB #105

Manchester, NH 03103

July 8, 2015

Governor Maggie Hassan 
Office of the Governor 
State House 
107 North Main Street 
Concord, NH 03301

Brian Nelson Burford

Director, State Archivist

Division of Archives and Records Management

71 South Fruit St.

Concord, NH 03301


William Gardner

Secretary of State

State House

107 N. Main St

Concord, NH 03301   

Governor Hassan,

Under the New Hampshire Right to Know Law, R.S.A. 91 Ch. 01-A et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of all public records that relate to Governor Maggie Hassan's emails, office costs, and staff costs between the dates of January 3, 2013 and July 8, 2015.


Specifically we would like the following information:

  • Any and all email correspondences, phone records, and/or fax records between Governor Maggie Hassan and/or her staff and Senator Harry Reid and/or his staff and/or anyone employed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
  • Any and all email correspondences from or to the Governor and/or any staff employed by the Office of the Governor between the dates of July 3, 2013 and July 8, 2015.
  • Any calendars or records for the Governor's official and unofficial travel schedule between these dates;
  • Any records of the travel for the protective detail assigned to the Governor between these dates;
  • Any receipts or invoices submitted for official travel for the Governor or anyone employed by the Office of the Governor between these dates;

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public's understanding.

The New Hampshire Right to Know Law requires a response time of five business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records. Considering the time it will take to compile all correspondences, we would ask for compliance with item one in the aforementioned requests.

If you deny any or all of these requests, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. 


Thank you for considering my request.




Derek Dufresne

General Consultant, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Governor Hassan's attempt to stonewall a public records request for information about her communications with disgraced Majority Leader Harry Reid. In response to a Right to Know request filed earlier today, the governor's office refused to release any documents regarding her communications with Senator Reid. POLITICO reported earlier this week that Reid is actively lobbying Governor Hassan to run for United States Senate:


"Governor Hassan's unwillingness to provide public documents or answer questions about her discussions with disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid raises serious questions about her commitment to transparency. The governor is clearly focused on using her job as a stepping-stone to higher office, and it's time for her to openly and honestly respond to reports about her ongoing discussions with Washington insiders and party bosses. New Hampshire deserves a full-time governor to address the state budget crisis instead of a calculating politician in the corner office who is obsessed with plotting her next career move."





Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today regarding disgraced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lying about his communications with Governor Maggie Hassan. Reid, an admitted liar who misled voters about Mitt Romney's taxes during the 2012 presidential election, tried to deny national media reports that he contacted Hassan and urged her to run for Senate.


"Senator Harry Reid is an admitted liar who disgraced himself and embarrassed his constituents by using the floor of the United States Senate to smear Governor Romney with false attacks. He can't be trusted to tell the truth and nothing he says can be taken seriously. Governor Hassan is clearly using her job as a stepping-stone for higher office and new attack ads launched by Harry Reid's Super PAC on her behalf are a clear indication that they are working together to launch her Senate campaign. It's time for Governor Hassan and Senator Reid to stop lying to New Hampshire and come clean about their close association and coordinated efforts to plot the next step in her political career."




NRSC - TELEGRAPH: Hassan's Veto "Motivated By Political Ambition" 



Hassan Is "Sacrificing Her Commitment To Bipartisanship Simply To Advance Her Political Career"

WASHINGTON - Following Governor Maggie Hassan's disastrous veto of the Legislature's responsible budget, the Nashua Telegraph took her to task for "firing off the harshest rhetoric", saying she "appears most motivated by political ambition". The Telegraph called out Hassan's hypocrisy for touting bipartisanship during her campaign, but abandoning that commitment after taking office "simply to advance her political career."

  • "During her election campaigns and throughout her first term, the governor crowed about how New Hampshire wasn’t like Washington. Here, she said, Democrats and Republicans are willing to work together to solve problems in constructive and non-confrontational way. What happened?"
  • " far is firing off the harshest rhetoric and appears most motivated by political ambition. Hassan knows she’ll need the support of state employees to make a Senate bid, so the pay raise is crucial if – as many believe – she makes a run at Sen. Kelly Ayotte. It’s not the elephant in the room; it’s the whole safari. And that’s why the governor needs to be careful. If she pushes too hard, she becomes just another politician sacrificing her commitment to bipartisanship simply to advance her political career." (Editorial, Stopgap budget is not governing, The Nashua Telegraph, 06/27/15)

To read the entire editorial please visit this link:


ALG - Senate Commerce Committee surrenders U.S. oversight of the Internet 


June 25, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Senate Commerce Committee for rejecting by a 3-21 vote an amendment to the Dotcom Act by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would have required Congressional approval of any relinquishment of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):


"Once again, members of Congress are voting to surrender congressional authority to the Obama administration, without even an opportunity to see what they're voting on. Nobody in Congress has seen ICANN's proposal to commandeer Internet governance from the U.S. government, but the Senate Commerce committee has blindly just authorized whatever plan they might come up with. This is reckless. U.S. government oversight of the IANA functions has guaranteed a free and open Internet for almost two decades. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


"It is alarming the speed with which members of both chambers of Congress are willing to cede U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable private foundation that is now establishing a global monopoly over DNS resolution. Free of government oversight, there will no longer be any First Amendment protections for the Internet, guaranteeing the IANA functions will one day be used to engage in censorship. In the not so distant future, the Internet will not be so free and open."


To view online:




"Can Ted Cruz save the Internet?" By Robert Romano, June 24, 2015 at


Amendment to the Dotcom Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), June 24, 2015 at


Letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, June 24, 2015 at


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