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Politics
4:25 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Granite State Political Donations Increasingly Crucial For 2016 Hopefuls

Rubio in Hollis, NH on Monday
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Florida US Senator Marco Rubio is in New Hampshire today. It’s part of a two day visit that’s largely seen as an early campaign trip of sorts by a political figure hoping to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

Rubio has made a number of moves ahead of an expected presidential bid – he’s hired staff in New Hampshire, and he’s also used his political action committee to donate money to state and local officials and candidates, in this state and others that hold early primaries and caucuses.

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From the Archives
10:44 am
Fri January 23, 2015

From The Archives: Campaign Financing

This week saw the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s "Citizens United" decision. And with the anniversary of “Granny D” day (1/25/12) tomorrow, it seems an appropriate time to take stock.

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Politics
6:30 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'New Hampshire Rebellion' Stages Protest Of Big Money In Politics

The NH Rebellion protesters at the Statehouse in Concord 1/21/2015
Credit NHPR Staff

For the second straight year, a group of activists are marching across the Granite State to raise awareness for their goal of getting money out of politics.

Members of the New Hampshire Rebellion have covered more 300 miles over the past ten days, with marches starting in Portsmouth, Nashua, Keene and Dixville Notch.

Those four marches are set to converge in front of the Statehouse in Concord later today, marking the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Spending In Shaheen-Brown Race Reaches Historic Proportions

Three days before the Nov. 4 election, spending on New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race has topped $46 million.
Credit Sara Plourde

Spending on the New Hampshire Senate race cracked the $46 million mark this week to become the most expensive election campaign in Granite State history.

And to the surprise of no one, outside groups have far outspent the candidates: party organizations, political action committees, super PACS and other non-candidate groups have poured $28.7 million into the race, one of a handful of closely watched contests that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

New Players Shake Up The Campaign Ground Game In N.H.

Logos for NextGen Climate Change (l) and Americans for Prosperity

It’s a week to the election, and New Hampshire campaigns are focused on getting their voters to the polls. And this year, there are some powerful new players on the field.

On a crystalline fall day, two orange tee-shirted canvassers for a group called NextGen Climate Change wander the breezy backstreets of Portsmouth.

“I know exactly where we are,” says worker Andrea Harkness.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

More Than 10,000 Television Ads Have Aired (So Far) In Brown, Shaheen Senate Race

Screenshots from recent campaign ads paid for by the Shaheen and Brown Senate campaigns

Here’s a statement about campaign advertising that may surprise you even if you’ve seen the influx of ads on TV and online video sites: “Candidates, parties and groups ran at least 10,300 TV ads in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race.”

That statement comes from a project called “Who’s Buying the Senate?”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Money In Politics: N.H.'s 2014 Races

Credit Martin Stelbrink / NHPR

New Hampshire politicians get their funding from the usual array of sources – from PACs, SuperPACS, and campaign contributions, to the national party, and their own pockets. We’re sitting down with three experts who have watched this year’s New Hampshire campaigns, including issues like dark money, outside spending, and special interests.

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Politics
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

John Bolton's PAC Endorses Guinta, Garcia

John Bolton
Credit AP Photo

Former ambassador John Bolton's Political Action Committee, or PAC, is endorsing and contributing money to two more candidates in New Hampshire, Republican House hopefuls Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia. 

Bolton was President George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations. His political action committee is backing about two dozen candidates for federal office, including Guinta and Garcia, who won their primaries on Tuesday. 

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Politics
5:25 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Democrats Say Havenstein Broke Campaign Finance Rules, and GOP Fires Right Back

Governor Maggie Hassan and GOP Candidate for Governor Walt Havenstein
Credit Chris Jensen/Ryan Lessard for NHPR

Alleged violations of the state’s campaign finance rules are once again front and center in the New Hampshire governor’s race, with the top candidates on the receiving end of accusations that they accepted illegal donations.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party was first out of the gate Tuesday, asking Attorney General Joe Foster to investigate Republican candidate Walt Havenstein for “multiple violations,” including allegedly taking money from political action committees that failed to register with the state.

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Politics
6:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hassan, Havenstein Running Close In Gubernatorial Money Race

Thanks to nearly $1.5 million from his own pocket, Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein is keeping pace in the race for campaign money with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.

According to reports filed today with the Secretary of State, Havenstein reports a campaign war chest of $1,989,876. That includes $1,474,000 in personal loans and another $17,000 from other family members.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Shea-Porter Gets PAC Money For Opposing PAC Money

Larry Lessig, founder of Mayday PAC
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3X2eDCmPRY / Mayday

  A political action committee on a mission to overhaul  how campaigns are financed is putting its weight behind first district Democratic Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter. Porter  is  one of 8 candidates to be endorsed by Mayday, which expects to spent $13 million dollars this campaign season.

Mayday is the brainchild of Harvard Law professor and political activist, Lawrence Lessig.  He says Mayday has one goal: to reduce the influence of money in politics.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Gov. Hassan's Campaign Ordered To Return $24K In Contributions

Credit NHPR Staff

Governor Maggie Hassan’s campaign has been ordered to return $24,000 in contributions that came in the day after she filed for  re-election.

Attorney General Joe Foster issued a ruling Friday on the complaint filed last month by the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Foster says the Friends of Maggie Hassan political action committee accepted a $25,000 contribution from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers political action committee on June 13.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court?

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire Wolf in Sheep's Clothing TV Spot

The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.

Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, they targeted Republican state senators 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.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Republicans Accuse Hassan Of Taking Illegal Campaign Contributions

Update:  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.

New Hampshire Republicans have accused Gov. Maggie Hassan of accepting illegal campaign contributions from organized labor and have asked the Attorney General to investigate. At issue is a total of $45,000 in donations to the governor’s re-election campaign from three labor unions.

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NH News
1:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate

As expected, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican candidate Scott Brown have shown they will have very little trouble raising money in their race for the U.S. Senate.

Shaheen's campaign announced Monday she raised 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.

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Ad Audit
2:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ad Audit: Conservative Group’s New Ad Targets Kuster’s Support of Affordable Care Act

Credit Sara Plourde

 The New Hampshire arm of Americans for Prosperity continues to pound away at Democrats over the Affordable Care Act.

The conservative non-profit's latest volley is a new television ad attacking New Hampshire’s 2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster for her support of so-called Obamacare.

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Ad Audit
7:39 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Ad Audit: Attack Ad Draws Charges Of Improper Coordination By Shaheen Campaign

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." 

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.

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Ad Audit
5:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ad Audit: New Ad Attacking Shaheen Uses Disputed Statistic

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.

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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

N.H. Viewpoints On SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision

Credit Sandra Mars / Flickr/CC

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court came down on a decision that will change the way we fund elections.  In a 5-4 vote, the court removed a cap on how many candidates or committees a person can support per election cycle.  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.

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CALLOUT:

  • John Greabe - director of the Rudman Center at UNH Law School. He teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, federal courts and jurisdiction.

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The Sidebar
8:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Sidebar: Senate Bill Calls For More Transparency On Political Spending

Voters in Nashua, NH
Credit NHPR Staff

As the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major campaign finance ruling Wednesday, a New Hampshire House committee heard testimony on a bill that would no longer allow some political groups to spend money on state elections without disclosing it to voters. 

The proposal, which cleared the Senate by a 19-4 vote February 6, would require any organization that spends more than $5,000 on so-called electioneering to filed detailed reports with the Secretary of State's office.

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The Sidebar
12:33 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Sidebar: Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't?

Credit Sara Plourde

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.

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.

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The Sidebar
5:31 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Sidebar: Town Meeting Voters Weigh In On Political Spending

Credit Flickr - Images of Money

Voters at town meetings across New Hampshire approved resolutions urging state lawmakers to join a nationwide effort to overturn Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down limits on political spending by corporations, labor unions and special interest groups.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 28 towns had approved petition warrants supporting campaign finance reform, including Exeter, Amherst, Salem, Deerfield, Hudson, Rindge and Windham.

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NH News
3:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

State's Political-Spending Rules Fail To Make The Grade - Again

New Hampshire's campaign-finance regulations are a jumble of contradictions, a fact that people who study the issue never fail to point out.

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.

Last week, a campaign-finance watchdog group weighed in, and once again New Hampshire found itself at the bottom of the class.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

The Return Of Campaign Finance Reform

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.  But these efforts, including one recently in New Hampshire, often bump into a variety of concerns.  We’ll look at the state of campaign finance in the Granite State.

Guests:

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

The Impact of “Citizens United” on the 2012 Elections

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.  But now, some question how big an impact Citizens United really had.  We’ll look at this debate in New Hampshire. 

Guests

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Elections 2012
3:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hassan's Win Powered By $11 Million In Outside Spending

Credit Paul Filippov

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.

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Elections 2012
1:24 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Pres. Obama and Romney Escalate Ad War In New Hampshire

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.

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.

Meanwhile, the Obama for America campaign reserved about $653,000 in air time on the three stations during the final week of the campaign.

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Elections 2012
3:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

N.H. Congressmen Lag In Campaign Fundraising

The latest campaign finance reports show New Hampshire's Republican congressmen lagging behind their Democratic challengers in fundraising.

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Elections 2012
4:17 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Outside Spending on New Hampshire Governor's Race Continues To Rise

Ovide Lamontagne "Jobs" campaign ad
Ovide Lamontagne / YouTube

In what will likely be the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire history, independent political groups supporting candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne have reserved nearly $7.5 million worth of television ads in the final month of the election.

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All Things Considered
6:12 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

New Filings Show Finances for Candidates, But Not For Independent Groups

The political ad barrage is here. Watch a TV show or check out a YouTube video and you’re likely to see the commercials. Same goes for fliers in the mail or yard signs on street corners.

Those ads and signs mean campaign money is flowing into the state, and this past Wednesday, New Hampshire candidates filed their latest campaign finance reports. 

NHPR correspondent Brian Wallstin joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with a little of what’s in those reports.

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