Campaign Finance http://nhpr.org en Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? http://nhpr.org/post/can-nh-s-new-campaign-finance-rules-hold-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.</span></p><p>Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, <a href="http://www.strongnh.com/news/entry/7-news/145-tv-ads-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing">they targeted Republican state senators</a> who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 52279 at http://nhpr.org Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? Republicans Accuse Hassan Of Taking Illegal Campaign Contributions http://nhpr.org/post/republicans-accuse-hassan-taking-illegal-campaign-contributions <p><em>Update:&nbsp; Thursday afternoon an attorney for the Hassan campaign asked New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster to expedite a review of the Republican party’s allegations.</em></p><p>New Hampshire Republicans have accused Gov. Maggie Hassan of accepting illegal campaign contributions from organized labor and have asked the Attorney General to investigate.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">At issue is a total of $45,000 in donations to the governor’s re-election campaign from three labor unions.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:24:33 +0000 Brian Wallstin & Brady Carlson 52142 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-leads-fundraising-pack-race-us-senate <p></p><p>As expected, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen&nbsp;and Republican candidate Scott Brown have shown they will have very little trouble raising money in their race for the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Shaheen's campaign announced Monday she raised<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more than $2.8 million for her re-election campaign between April 1 and June 30 of this year, more than double the amount she collected from supporters in the previous two quarters combined. </span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:29:41 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51454 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate Ad Audit: Conservative Group’s New Ad Targets Kuster’s Support of Affordable Care Act http://nhpr.org/post/ad-audit-conservative-group-s-new-ad-targets-kuster-s-support-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire arm of Americans for Prosperity continues to pound away at Democrats over the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The conservative non-profit's latest volley is a new television ad attacking New Hampshire’s 2nd District Congresswoman Ann&nbsp;McLane Kuster for her support of so-called Obamacare.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:52:44 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48491 at http://nhpr.org Ad Audit: Conservative Group’s New Ad Targets Kuster’s Support of Affordable Care Act Ad Audit: Attack Ad Draws Charges Of Improper Coordination By Shaheen Campaign http://nhpr.org/post/ad-audit-attack-ad-draws-charges-improper-coordination-shaheen-campaign <p><em>Update: The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, alleging the Shaheen campaign "engaged in coordinated political advocacy communications that amount to illegal contributions."&nbsp;</em></p><p>Republicans are claiming the campaign of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen broke federal election law by helping to craft a television ad paid for by a Democratic super PAC.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:39:38 +0000 Brian Wallstin 47467 at http://nhpr.org Ad Audit: Attack Ad Draws Charges Of Improper Coordination By Shaheen Campaign Ad Audit: New Ad Attacking Shaheen Uses Disputed Statistic http://nhpr.org/post/ad-audit-new-ad-attacking-shaheen-uses-disputed-statistic <p>The latest television ad attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., for her support of the Affordable Care Act features a statistic on premium increases in New Hampshire that's been widely disputed.</p><p>The 30-second spot, paid for by Americans for Prosperity, focuses primarily on the so-called narrow network of providers in New Hampshire, which excludes 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:47 +0000 Brian Wallstin 47266 at http://nhpr.org Ad Audit: New Ad Attacking Shaheen Uses Disputed Statistic N.H. Viewpoints On SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision http://nhpr.org/post/nh-viewpoints-scotus-campaign-finance-decision <p>Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court came down on a decision that will change the way we fund elections.&nbsp; In a 5-4 vote, the court removed a cap on how many candidates or committees a person can support per election cycle.&nbsp; Although the amount is still restricted to $2600 per candidate, an individual can now gift that amount to as many politicians as he or she wants. Opponents of the ruling worry the decision may suppress ordinary voices: “where enough money calls the tune,” said Justice William Breyer, “the general public will not be heard.” But supporters like Chief Justice Roberts say that this case follows first amendment rights. “Integration and access are not corruption,” said Roberts, “they embody a central feature of democracy that constituents support candidates who share their beliefs and interests.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire/about/state-director-greg-moore/">Greg Moore</a> – </strong>state director of <a href="http://americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire/about/">Americans for Prosperity</a>, a conservative political advocacy group that promotes limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom</li><li><strong>Rob Werner </strong>–former national field director of <a href="http://www.acrreform.org/">Americans for Campaign Reform</a></li></ul><p><strong>CALLOUT:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://law.unh.edu/about/personnel/faculty/john-greabe"><strong>John Greabe</strong></a> - director of the <a href="http://law.unh.edu/rudman-center">Rudman Center</a> at UNH Law School. He teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, federal courts and jurisdiction.</li></ul><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 46223 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Viewpoints On SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision The Sidebar: Senate Bill Calls For More Transparency On Political Spending http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-senate-bill-calls-more-transparency-political-spending <p>As the U.S. Supreme&nbsp;Court handed down a major campaign finance ruling Wednesday, a New Hampshire House committee heard testimony on a bill that&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">would&nbsp;no longer allow some political groups to spend money on state elections without disclosing it to voters.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:20:12 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46102 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Senate Bill Calls For More Transparency On Political Spending The Sidebar: Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't? http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-scott-brown-and-outside-money-wont-or-cant <p>As Scott Brown crisscrosses New Hampshire on what his senate exploratory committee is calling a listening tour, he’s repeatedly said it’s “premature” to talk about how he’ll wage any future campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.</p><p>On one point, though, Brown has already been crystal clear: He doesn’t want this race to be bound by a so-called people’s pledge, an idea Brown himself devised in 2012 to limit spending by outside groups during his race against Elizabeth Warren.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:33:51 +0000 Brian Wallstin 45362 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't? The Sidebar: Town Meeting Voters Weigh In On Political Spending http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-town-meeting-voters-weigh-political-spending <p></p><p>Voters at town meetings across New Hampshire approved resolutions urging state lawmakers to join a nationwide effort to overturn <em>Citizens United</em>, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down limits on political spending by corporations, labor unions and special interest groups.</p><p>As of Wednesday afternoon, 28 towns had approved petition warrants supporting campaign finance reform, including Exeter, Amherst, Salem, Deerfield, Hudson, Rindge and Windham.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:35 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44983 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Town Meeting Voters Weigh In On Political Spending State's Political-Spending Rules Fail To Make The Grade - Again http://nhpr.org/post/states-political-spending-rules-fail-make-grade-again <p>New Hampshire's campaign-finance regulations are a jumble of contradictions, a fact that people who study the issue never fail to point out.</p><p>A year ago, a consortium of good-government types awarded the Granite State a "D" for political financing, citing how easy it is for donors to get around the dollar limits on contributions.</p><p>Last week, a campaign-finance watchdog group weighed in, and once again New Hampshire found itself at the bottom of the class.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:32:44 +0000 Brian Wallstin 28007 at http://nhpr.org The Return Of Campaign Finance Reform http://nhpr.org/post/return-campaign-finance-reform <p>After an election that saw unprecedented amounts of money spent – the call for limits has come up again, whether on dollar amounts…or more disclosure, so voters will know who’s funding what.&nbsp; But these efforts, including one recently in New Hampshire, often bump into a variety of concerns.&nbsp; We’ll look at the state of campaign finance in the Granite State.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 25192 at http://nhpr.org The Return Of Campaign Finance Reform The Impact of “Citizens United” on the 2012 Elections http://nhpr.org/post/impact-citizens-united-2012-elections <p>Early on, predictions were that this twenty-ten U.S. Supreme Court decision would lead outside groups to play an outsized role in our elections, by allowing unlimited political spending.&nbsp; But now, some question how big an impact Citizens United really had.&nbsp; We’ll look at this debate in New Hampshire.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 17273 at http://nhpr.org The Impact of “Citizens United” on the 2012 Elections Hassan's Win Powered By $11 Million In Outside Spending http://nhpr.org/post/hassans-win-powered-11-million-outside-spending <p></p><p>By the time her victory over Ovide Lamontagne in the 2012 governor's race was in the books, Maggie Hassan had raised more than $1.9 million in contributions from some 7,550 individual donors. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:29:50 +0000 Brian Wallstin 17030 at http://nhpr.org Hassan's Win Powered By $11 Million In Outside Spending Pres. Obama and Romney Escalate Ad War In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/pres-obama-and-romney-escalate-ad-war-new-hampshire <p>Five days before the Nov. 6 election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and independent groups that support the presidential candidate are poised to outspend President Barack Obama on television ads targeting New Hampshire voters.</p><p>A review of television contracts filed this week with Federal Communications Commission show that the pro-Romney team reserved about $947,000 in air time from Oct. 29 through Election Day on WMUR, WBZ and WHDH.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Obama for America campaign reserved about $653,000 in air time on the three stations during the final week of the campaign.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:24:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 16008 at http://nhpr.org