Campaign Finance

Familiar Tune: Maggie Hassan Returning Questionable Campaign Donations Again

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2016

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is returning questionable campaign contributions (again) after an investigation by the Boston Globe. A Boston Law firm gave “bonuses” to employees after they donated to political campaigns. The investigation by the Globe Spotlight team and the Center for Responsive Politics found that three partners of Thornton Law Firm and one […]

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The Speaker took sides, but…

by Ellen Kolb September 13, 2016

Following up on Steve’s post about New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper taking sides in a few Republican House primaries, let’s see how that’s working out.  The Jasper for NH committee filed a September 7 report of independent expenditures in eight districts, targeting certain GOP incumbents by omission – in Merrimack, for example, the committee’s […]

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Was NH Democrat Party In On Hillary Victory Fund Deception?

by Steve MacDonald July 27, 2016
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The Hillary Victory Fund is getting unwanted exposure as a result of the DNC Email hack. And look! The New Hampshire Democrat Party was part of what appears to be some underhanded campaign finance foolishness. The emails show the officials agreeing to withhold information from reporters about the Hillary Victory Fund’s allocation formula, working to […]

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What Follows An Imperial Presidency?

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2016
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Angelo Codevilla called it back in 2010 when he said there is a large unrepresented portion of the electorate and for good or bad they will demand to be heard- in 2016, by the looks of it. We also talk about the dangers of following Obama’s imperial presidency, with a quick foray in to the […]

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It’s as if Hillary WANTS her enemies to write ads against her with her own words

by Skip January 19, 2016

Again, another line from Sunday’s Democrat Debate (that no one watched unless you are a crazed political junkie like me or a donor to the Clinton Global Initiative) that Hillary is probably wishing she could “restart”: Shot: the Debate Hillary: ‘I Know How Much Money Influences Political Decision-Making’ Chaser: the reality of $$ hoovering Clinton […]

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2016 Presidential Primary: Ted Cruz raises 64% more in this quarter than last

by Skip December 30, 2015

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign raised $20 million during the final three months of 2015, according to the Cruz campaign. The end of the year fundraising total represents a marked increase compared to his third quarter fundraising sum of $12.2 million. Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe wrote a memo to campaign staff that details […]

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More Reasons to Rebel Against NH Rebellion

by Steve MacDonald November 16, 2015
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We’ve not been shy about our opposition to the sort of campaign finance reform sought by the group NH Rebellion (which is dropping signs all over my neck of the woods). No matter what they think they are doing or how they are doing it, at the end of the day it favors incumbent protection […]

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Ohio Democrat Party Caught In Campaign Finance Bribery Scandal

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2015
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And there’s a New Hampshire connection… (Hot Air) In a plea agreement that was unsealed today (PDF), a former chief executive officer of red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus and Cincinnati elected officials. Karen Finley, the former CEO, was pressed by Democratic officials in both cities to make campaign contributions in exchange for giving […]

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Thoughts on Hillary’s Loft Pronouncements in Iowa today

by Skip April 14, 2015

(Image H/T: Powerline)   Yes, lots of ridicule is being made of her “new and fun” logo (as N.A.F. is what the campaign’s marketing is trying make of a 68 year old coattailer that’s been in politics for 20 years without a singular achievement to point to other than flying 1,000,000 at taxpayer expense while Secretary […]

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How about just stamping your pints of ice cream, Ben?

by Skip March 17, 2015

 The Concord Monitor has a story on Ben Cohen (as in “Ben & Jerry’s”) and his misguided “stampede” to quash Free Speech.  Just like NH Rebellion and the Mayday PAC, he wants tax monies used to pay for campaigns.  Yeah, once again, we’d have to petition Government to provide money just to be able to […]

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GrokTV Event: US Senator Ted Cruz – Q&A for questions 1 & 2

by Skip March 16, 2015

Sure, US Senator Ted Cruz took some hard questions after his talk. Question 1 – As President, what would you do to get money out of campaigns and kill the Citizens United Supreme Court decision?  Ted Cruz’s  answer is a pithy and well answered defense of Free Speech – a complete takedown of the premise of […]

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Which do you celebrate – Life, or Murder? Your tax monies used for abortion

by Skip January 10, 2015

Certainly, the innocent babies have no choice – this is a clear evidence of fact.  Their well being, their life, is in the hands of their mother.  I ran across both of these pretty much at the same time – a juxtaposition of fighting FOR Life and a celebration OF Death.  This amongst an anecdotal […]

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Data Point – Campaign Finance monies, most of it Democrat

by Skip January 5, 2015

Yup, the Left always complains about the amounts of money spent in political campaigns and that we HAVE to move to public financing of such, well, because MONEY! This is something that I abhor – why should MY tax monies be given to move forward an agenda that is antithetical to me (or visa versa, […]

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The CRomnibus that Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) help to pass? It’s the Repub version of “We have to pass it to see what’s in it” – Part 1

by Skip December 14, 2014

Ah yes – I bet that Kelly Ayotte didn’t read it either.  For you see, for ALL of her campaigning against Illegal Alien Amnesty, she turncoated on that promise when she arrived in DC.  Notice that since the Illegal Alien Kid Invasion this summer, she’s gone REAL silent.  And with her vote supporting the CRomnibus […]

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Campaign finance – another whack at Mayday PAC and Larry Lessig

by Skip November 12, 2014

I had put up a post here about campaign finance that in the grand scheme of things, the amount of money spent on campaigns PALES in comparison to what Americans spend on other stuff.  Jim Rubens piped in on a comment speaking up for such a thing to be applied upon our Free Speech because […]

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Democrat Priorities are Not America’s Priorities

by Steve MacDonald November 7, 2014

There is a great piece over at Hot air that runs the numbers so to speak on super-PAC’s, anti-Super PAC’s and epic failure on the part of several who spent billions for nothing by banking on issues like Campaign finance reform, Income equality, Abortion, and the environment. All Democrat Holy Grails, all heavily financed by […]

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Look To The Campus For The Future Of Free Speech Under Democrat Rule

by Steve MacDonald September 23, 2014
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Democrats in power believe they are ‘experts’ themselves or fawn over appointing or surrounding themselves with ‘experts.’  These are not actual experts, they are actually university fodder, professors, researchers, lawyers, philosopher poets,  long-time denizens of those islands of liberal thought called universities. The experts use their tiny liberal, white tower minds, buttressed by crumbling walls […]

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Celebrate Gary Lambert’s Rigorous 40 Days and 40 Nights of Campaign Finance Review

by Steve MacDonald August 6, 2014
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On July 22nd John DiStaso at NH Journal posted a story about some questionable contributions received by the Lambert campaign.  One-term NH State Senator Gary Lambert is in a primary to challenge Democrat Ann Kuster for congress in NH-CD2. Lambert for Congress accepted a $1,000 contribution on June 30 from The Palmier Foundation, which is […]

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Repeat Offender Maggie Hassan Must Return Another Union Campaign Bribe…

by Steve MacDonald August 1, 2014
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The NH AG’s office has ruled that Governor Maggie Hassan broke the law when she accepted a $25,000.00 dollar bribe campaign contribution from the local electrical workers union, and must return $24,000.00 dollars of that bribe contribution. Concord Fishwrap Gov. Maggie Hassan must return $24,000 of a contribution from a labor union’s political committee to […]

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While We’re Asking Questions About Dan Innis

by Steve MacDonald June 12, 2014
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Yesterday I hinted that Dan Innis, who is running for congress in New Hampshire’s Congressional District 1, should probably be running as a Democrat–but can’t.  He’s got progressive positions, has been a registered Democrat voter, supported a far left Democrat candidate, but has chosen to run as a Republican. Why? My guess is political influence. […]

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SB 120 – Another hearing Scheduled for next week, May 1st

by Steve MacDonald April 24, 2014
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Notes from today’s hearing on Speech-infringing Senate Bill 120 (SB 120), as reported here, suggest that there are enough concerns about who will be affected beyond what sponsors claimed was the original intent to merit more time and consideration. Or maybe this is a challenge to see if I really can write about this issue […]

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The “No Soros Money In New Hampshire” Fairy Tale

by Steve MacDonald March 29, 2014
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I can picture the ruling class progressives telling a bedtime story to their one, adopted, Eastern-European, designer-child about the evil Koch Brothers and how they used their ‘dark-money’ magic to battle the brave Obama and his Knights of the redistribution round table. Obama wanted to help the peasants create a workers paradise with wage equality […]

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Data Point – I don’t wanna hear Libs squawking about campaign money again.

by Skip February 6, 2014

After all, Obama has now TWICE raised over $1 Billion for his elections.  And now libs are giving more to Super-PACs than conservatives: Nearly three dozen individuals and groups made donations of $500,000 or more to super PACs in 2013, pumping $62.6 million into these super-charged committees that can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections. […]

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Did Durham Outsource Cost of Obama Visit…to Other NH Taxpayers?

by Steve MacDonald July 31, 2012

The town of Durham has reported that the costs of the Obama visit–which the Obama campaign refused to pay for–cost the town $19,851.00.  But it will only cost the anonymous donor around $13,000.00 because… c/o Gretyl MacAlaster -July 31st Union Leader “…town public safety officials were able to reduce local costs through careful distribution of […]

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New Carol Same As The Old Carol

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2011

I realize this is another captain obvious moment for activists who pay attention to such things but we are all quick to forget; not how Democrats demonize opponents they claim are owned by some special interest but who owns them and how much they will work to distract us from that.

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Revoke Non-Profit Status?

by Steve MacDonald August 5, 2011

In 2010 the NHCA’s PAC, New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action, spent all it’s over $15,000.00 in PAC money to re-elect Carol Shea-Porter.

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Top-100(?) donors to Political Candidates and Parties. And the Winner is…?

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2011

I don’t think they can compete with one particular “special interest” donor and their support of democrats. Actually no one can. They are a violent, noisy, sliver of the electorate, and they are still outspending not just every other group, but most or all of them added together;

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The Sweet Stench Of Left Wing Hypocrisy

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2011

The Union Leader wastes no time, exposing Hawkins connection to money she received May 11th from America Votes (out of state left wing donation), which Granite State Progress then used to support the Democrat in the special election she is squawking about, specifically to elect that democrat, in that election.

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Stephen Colbert’s Campaign Finance Lesson

by Steve MacDonald May 20, 2011

“Why does it get so complicated to do this? I mean, this is page after page of legalese,” Mr. Colbert lamented. “All I’m trying to do is affect the 2012 election. It’s not like I’m trying to install iTunes.”

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Sullivan’s New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald January 18, 2011

The ‘Su’ in Suckly, Kathy Lawsuit’ Sullivan, has a regular editorial in the Union Leader. I have no idea why but after reading it and taking a shower to get the brimstone smell off of me, I have to make an arbitrary decision as to whether I should comment.

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