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A government watchdog group wants the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether New Hampshire Republican Frank Guinta violated U.S. House rules or federal law.

The complaint filed Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington follows recent action by the Federal Elections Commission, which found that Guinta accepted $355,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents. Guinta told the FEC the money belonged to him because for years he contributed to and managed a "family pot" of money.

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Support for Congressman Frank Guinta continues to fall, days after the release of two reports detailing federal investigations into his fundraising practices. New Hampshire Republican Chairwoman Jennifer Horn has now joined the chorus of prominent GOP leaders criticizing Guinta.

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New Hampshire 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta continues to deny any wrongdoing, despite reports released Tuesday that contradict his story about $355,000 he spent on his 2010 campaign.

Despite calls for his resignation from the state's top Republicans, Guinta said in a statement Tuesday he has no plans on stepping down.

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Federal Election Commission reports released today shed more light on the finances of district congressman Frank Guinta. 

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Federal investigators relied in part on statements from relatives of Congressman Frank Guinta to conclude that he used illegal donations to fund his 2010 campaign, according to recently released reports.

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Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter says she is ready to win back the seat she lost to Republican Frank Guinta now that the Federal Election Commission has found that he accepted illegal campaign donations from his parents.

The case involves $355,000 that Guinta reported lending himself in 2010. He ran ads calling Shea-Porter a liar and denied the money came from his parents, but the FEC said recently it did.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte continues to call for 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to resign.

In an interview with NHPR's Morning Edition, Ayotte said if Guinta stays in office, the attention will continue to be on the Federal Election Commission's finding that he accepted more than $300,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents in 2010. 

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Both of New Hampshire’s US Senators voted in favor of giving President Obama additional trade powers.

The Senate voted 62 to 37 Friday to approve so-called “fast track” negotiating authority, in which Congress can ratify or reject, but not change, trade agreements presented by the president.

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Governor Maggie Hassan is questioning whether Congressman Frank Guinta can still do his job after settling with the Federal Elections Commission over illegal campaign donations. 

Last week Guinta agreed to pay back the more than $355,000 he used from his parents to fund his 2010 campaign. He must also pay a $15,000 fine.

Hassan joins  House Speaker Shawn Jasper, Senate President Chuck Morse and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte in questioning Guinta’s ability to legislate.

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House Speaker John Boehner has given an indirect answer to whether embattled New Hampshire Republican congressman Frank Guinta should remain in Congress.

Boehner says lawmakers must meet the highest ethical standards. The Ohio Republican says he hasn’t reviewed all the details of Guinta’s case yet but plans to do that soon.

The Federal Election Commission says Guinta illegally accepted campaign contributions from his parents and has been fined $15,000.

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The New Hampshire Republican Party's Executive Committee has declined to ask U.S. Rep Frank Guinta to resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans that he step down after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents.

Guinta said he'll remain in office. The committee, meeting Monday night, stated Guinta answered its questions, is accountable to his constituents, and would be available to answer their questions.

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In the wake of recent developments around Federal Election Commission rules, Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling on Representative Frank Guinta to step down.

Ayotte says she spoke with Guinta over the weekend, telling him, "if she was in his position she would resign."

Guinta has been fined $15,000 and must pay back the more than $355,000  his parents contributed to his 2010 campaign.

N.H. Senate President Chuck Morse along with N.H. House Speaker Shawn Jasper are also calling for his resignation. 

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It’s been a tough few days for first district congressman Frank Guinta. First, the news that the Federal Elections Commission found Guinta violated campaign finance laws by accepting $355,000 money from his parents in 2010,  then Joe McQuaid, publisher of The Union Leader ran a six word editorial: "Frank Guinta is a damned liar." Shortly after, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte said Guinta owes voters a full accounting.

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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.

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Congressman Frank Guinta took $355,000 in illegal donations from his parents in 2009 and 2010, and that’s the conclusion of and FEC investigation.  Guinta, who had long denied he’s taken money from his parents, has agreed to pay that money back, plus a $15,000 fine. NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with All Things Considered host Peter Biello.

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The Federal Elections Commission says U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta illegally accepted more than $300,000 in campaign donations from his parents in 2010.

Questions over Guinta's finances arose in 2010, the year the Republican was first elected to Congress. He was defeated in 2012, but reclaimed the seat in November.

 

New Hampshire's two congressional representatives are hosting a mental health summit to discuss establishing a national strategy for the treatment of mental illness and increased investment in research for its prevention and treatment.

The summit is being hosted by Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Annie Kuster at the UNH School of Law in Concord on Monday.

Among the participants are state Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas, Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau and Ken Norton of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New Hampshire.

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  Congressman Frank Guinta worked the counter -- and met with lobbyists from the National Association of Convenience Stores during a stop at Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth.

He said he would work to make sure compliance with federal regulations like the new food labelling law isn’t unwieldy for convenience stores:

I will now,  when I’m back in Washington,  take a look at the current rule. And there’s legislation to fix that – proposed legislation -- so I’m going to take a look at all of that.

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A stark choice was on display Monday night as Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta met for their final debate before the mid-term elections next week, televised live on WMUR TV.

In their three campaigns against one another, Guinta and Shea-Porter have debated more than a handful of times. They rarely agree on much.

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When Democrat Carol Shea-Porter first ran for congress 8 years ago, few gave her much of a shot.  Most of the powers that be in the democratic party lined up behind someone else, and her campaign was a decidedly hand to mouth operation.

“Well nobody, got paid first of all, so you didn’t have to get that much money if nobody gets paid,” explains Caroline French. Back then she was in charge of making sure Shea-Porter got to her events on time.

French says that first campaign was won on pure enthusiasm.

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The 2014 election marks Republican Frank Guinta's third try at the 1st Congressional District seat.

The former mayor of Manchester won in 2010, riding a wave of anti-government, Tea Party sentiment to a resounding 54-42 defeat of Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter.

Two years later, in a big year for Democrats, Shea-Porter returned the favor.

The two are now locked in a tight rematch.

At a house party in Rochester, Frank Guinta works the room, shaking hands with roughly 20 people gathered in the kitchen.

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First congressional district candidates Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter met Tuesday night on NH1’s TV debate. Both candidates took aim at the other’s voting record in Washington.

Scroll down for audio of the full debate.

These candidates know each other well. This is the third time they’ve run against each other. And this debate often focused on refighting old battles.

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter was quick to blame Guinta and Republicans for the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration.

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Laura Knoy sits down with former U.S. Representative Frank Guinta for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. This special broadcast is a part of our election series presented in partnership with the Rudman Center at the UNH School of Law.

More information about NHPR's special election series presented with UNH Law School can be found here.

GUEST:

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Republican Frank Guinta, who is running to regain the congressional seat he held for one term, says he and his opponent, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, would have agreed on at least one vote. Guinta would have voted against the Obama administration’s current military campaign in Iraq and Syria.

In a conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law’s Rudman Center, former Congressman Guinta said he would want more details on the president’s plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels.

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NHPR and UNH School of Law present

Frank Guinta
Republican candidate for US House of Representatives

October 7th at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

Think of it as a rematch of a rematch.

In New Hampshire, Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is battling Republican Frank Guinta for the third time in a row. Each has beaten the other before – Guinta defeated Shea-Porter during the 2010 Tea Party wave, and Shea-Porter won her seat back in 2012.

You wonder if it starts to get boring when you're hitting the same rival over and over again.

"Well, I know what he's going to say, that's for sure," says Shea-Porter.
Guinta admits the same: "I mean, it is kind of old hat."

New Hampshire's Congressional candidates agree that maintaining a strong national defense and protecting civil liberties are not mutually exclusive responsibilities, though they disagree on how to strike a balance between the two.

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The unity message could be heard from the podium and heard from the banquet room floor -- and not simply from the usual suspects.

“The Democrats will say this is all for show, Republicans will keep fighting, and will beat them by letting them split hairs and they will stay home.”

That’s Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who keynoted the breakfast.

“So I want to show N.H. today, what I want to show the country, is that we are unified.”

Here’s former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien:

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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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