9/27/08

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USA Today reports that the unions supporting Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign are funneling millions of dollars to liberal front groups that are currently running negative, misleading commercials about Senator John Sununu’s record.

Since July, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has funneled almost $5.5 million to liberal “non-profits” including Patriot Majority. The SEIU’s “Change To Win Labor Federation” has also contributed $500,000 to the group. Patriot Majority is currently spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in New Hampshire to spread mistruths and lies about John Sununu. The AFSCME is concealing their support for Patriot Majority by refusing to identify their involvement in paying for the group’s deceptive ads.

“Jeanne Shaheen’s union buddies have made it clear that they will spare no expense in their dishonest campaign to smear John Sununu. Now they are attempting to conceal the full extent of their deceitful campaign tactics by funneling millions of dollars to groups that are flooding New Hampshire’s airwaves with despicable and fraudulent attack ads,” said Fergus Cullen, Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.

“This is just another example of how Jeanne Shaheen is more interested in representing the liberal special interests in Washington than the people of New Hampshire. She has already received hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from union bosses after she pledged to support their insidious ‘card check’ legislation that will allow them to intimidate employees in the workplace. Shaheen is more in touch with the agenda of the unions who are bankrolling her campaign than the concerns of average Granite Staters.”

The non-partisan watchdog group Campaign Legal Center is blasting Jeanne Shaheen’s union backers for clandestinely funding these shadowy special interest organizations. Allowing non-profits to raise and spend unlimited union or funds violates the spirit of laws aimed at curbing special interests in elections, said the group’s president Meredith McGehee.

According to the non partisan Center for Responsive Politics, Jeanne Shaheen has accepted over $200,000 in donations from Union PACs. Shaheen is also championing the disastrous, anti-New Hampshire, union backed “card check” legislation that would deny workers the right to a secret ballot vote on union representation. The bill also exposes workers to intimidation, coercion and retaliation from union organizers.

BACKGROUND:

Big Unions Are Bankrolling Liberal Special Interest Groups Including Patriot Majority:

USA TODAY: “Since July, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has donated almost $5.5 million to three groups: Campaign Money Watch, Patriot Majority and Patriot Majority Midwest. Those groups have spent more than $2 million on TV ads attacking GOP Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and John Sununu of New Hampshire and five GOP lawmakers and House candidates in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. The ads don't mention AFSCME by name.” (USA Today, 9/19/08)

“‘These groups can play the role of a hit man in a campaign and do it in a way that's not very transparent,’ said McGehee.” (USA Today, 9/19/08)

NPR: “In July and August, [Patriot Majority] received $1.2 million from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; $500,000 from the Change to Win labor federation (which is spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union); and $125,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, according to the filings. (NPR.com 9/9/08)

Patriot Majority Is Running Dishonest Ads In New Hampshire With Big Union Money:

The Hill: “The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against a 527 it says violated contributions laws by acting as a political action committee. In a letter to the FEC on Monday, the NRCC alleges that Patriot Majority and affiliates Patriot Majority West, Patriot Majority Midwest and Patriot Majority Arizona violated election law by running advocacy ads that specifically criticize Republican candidates. (The Hill, 9/15/08)

· The Hill: The group has run ads against the following Republican members: Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Joe Knollenberg (Mich.), Jean Schmidt (Ohio), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Tim Walberg (Mich.) and Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Sen. John Sununu (N.H.).

(politickernh.com)

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