N.H.’s top GOP officeholder says Congressman Frank Guinta owes voters a full accounting in the wake of Federal Election Commission settlement that found Guinta accepted $355,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents in 2009 and 2010.
US Senator Kelly Ayotte helped Guinta's campaign committee raise money last fall. That same committee must now refund the $355,000 Guinta accepted from his parents.
Ayotte says she hasn’t talked to Guinta – who had for years denied accepting money from his parents -- since Guinta agreed to terms with the FEC. But Ayotte says public officials have a duty to maintain the public’s trust.
“He not only needs to repay the money and pay the fine levied against him, but also fully explain and account to the people of NH for his actions.”
Guinta has said he has an “equitable interest” in the accounts on which his parents’ checks were drawn, and that he settled with the FEC to put the issue behind him.