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Frank Guinta’s Re-Election Off to A Rocky Start

Press Release: Frank Guinta’s Re-Election Off to A Rocky Start

Guinta votes to protect predatory payday lenders, received payday lending contribution at end of last month

Rochester, New Hampshire-   If Frank Guinta’s first week of his re-election campaign demonstrates anything – it is that he has already shown his true allegiances to the big banks, and can’t be trusted to look out for middle-class New Hampshire families.

First: he announced that he was paying back his parents the illegal money he took to first get elected to office – after years of lying to the press and Granite Staters claiming that he committed no wrongdoing.

Then: House Republicans rewarded Guinta’s stellar record of financial stewardship by placing him on the Budget Committee to oversee how to spend taxpayers’ money. You read that right.

Yesterday: Guinta voted to gut protections against pay day lenders who potentially abuse their access to American’s bank accounts. Perhaps a campaign contribution from a pay day lending PAC at the end of last month helped guide Guinta to his vote today. With just $12,000 cash on hand, it’s no surprise that his campaign is desperate for the money.

“Less than a week since announcing his re-election, Guinta has already lied again about his illegal campaign contributions, saw his bad behavior rewarded by House Republicans who just gave him a seat on the budget committee in spite of his inability to manage money and follow the law, and is now protecting predatory lenders from accountability when they exploit American consumers,” said Naomi Andrews, Carol Shea Porter's campaign manager in New Hampshire’s 1st  Congressional District. “If Frank Guinta’s first week of his re-election campaign demonstrates anything – it’s that he will do and say anything to stay in office, and that he can’t be trusted." 

 

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Statement on Frank Guinta Repaying his Illegal Campaign Contribution

Press Release: Statement on Frank Guinta Repaying his Illegal Campaign Contribution

Rochester, New Hampshire-   Today, Naomi Andrews, Carol Shea-Porter's campaign manager, released the following statement after Mr. Guinta announced that he repaid his parents' illegal contribution to his 2010 campaign with donor money, and also announced that he will be seeking re-election in the 2016 election.

"Mr. Guinta’s donors should demand a refund.  Their contributions should not be used to pay off illegal campaign contributions or FEC fines. Mr. Guinta should follow the demands of Senator Kelly Ayotte and the major newspapers in the state and resign, or at least have the decency to admit he was lying. Instead, he is still lying about the source of the money, and he is lying when he said it was just an ‘oversight.’ He also lied in the ad he paid for against Carol Shea-Porter the last week of the 2014 campaign, when he said SHE was lying and showed a false document in the ad that made it look like he had been exonerated. That was not an oversight—the polls showed they were in a dead heat, so he spent money on that premeditated, lying ad, and he has never apologized to the people of the district or to her for deliberately misleading them and smearing her. His whole apology has been a continuation of the lie, and voters will remember. He should do the right thing and resign.”

 

Background:

 

* Guinta’s television ad calling Carol Shea-Porter a liar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZslVFVb4i8

 

* Excerpts from the FEC’s Second General Counsel Report: http://eqs.fec.gov/eqsdocsMUR/15044373472.pdf:

 

“Contributions to the Committee Were Not Rep. Guinta's ‘Personal Funds.’” -pg. 8

 

“Rep. Guinta did not pay any income taxes on dividends or interest earned from

the relevant accounts.” -pg. 8

 

“On nine of the checks, totaling $359,000, Virginia Guinta wrote "loan" above the memo line, suggesting her understanding that Rep. Guinta was borrowing funds from her. Virginia Guinta confirmed her understanding that the loans would be repaid.” –pg. 9

 

 “Similarly, Christine Guinta Raymond, Rep. Guinta's sister, represented that she was unaware such a family pot existed, let alone that she or either of her brothers enjoyed a legal or equitable right to access those funds: the unsupported claim that Rep. Guinta himself contributed significant sums to the accounts that now make up the family pot is also unpersuasive. Respondents have not provided us with any such documentation.” –pg. 10

 

“During the course of our inquiry, we engaged in protracted negotiations with Respondents' counsel to obtain the records and information that we concluded would best permit the Commission to assess the merits of Respondents' defensive theory — that is, that Rep. Guinta held legal title or an equitable ownership interest in the funds that he contributed to the Committee. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to obtain voluntarily more than a partial production of the records we sought. Nonetheless, as described further below, we conclude that the substantial weight of the credible information obtained to date continues to support the Commission's finding that there is reason to believe that Rep. Guinta and the Committee violated the Act, and we now possess an adequate understanding of the nature and source of the funds involved to proceed to pre-probable cause conciliation without expending further investigative resources.” –pg. 3

 

 

 

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Carol Shea-Porter Calls on Frank Guinta to Return Campaign Contribution from Donald Trump

Carol Shea-Porter Calls on Frank Guinta to Return Campaign Contribution from Donald Trump

After Trump’s divisive and dangerous remarks, Guinta should return Trump’s personal contribution

Rochester, New Hampshire-  Today, Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, is calling on Frank Guinta to return Trump’s personal contribution to his re-election campaign. Last night, Trump made disparaging and divisive remarks that only further play into the hands of radical extremists and puts homeland security at risk, but Frank Guinta has remained silent.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Trump personally gave Guinta $1,000 for his re-election campaign.

"This year, Frank Guinta accepted a personal donation from Donald Trump, who was called out last night for his hateful, un-American remarks that not only divide our country, but also put our homeland security at risk and play right into the hands of radical extremists," said Shea-Porter. "If Frank Guinta is at all concerned about keeping Americans safe, he should immediately return Donald Trump's contribution and condemn Trump’s remarks.”


Carol Shea-Porter Calls on Dan Innis to Denounce Donald Trump’s Statements

Carol Shea-Porter Calls on Dan Innis to Denounce Donald Trump’s Statements

After Trump’s divisive and dangerous remarks, Innis should join NHGOP Chair and denounce Trump’s statements  

Rochester, New Hampshire-  Today, Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, is calling on Dan Innis to denounce Donald Trump’s deeply offensive statements. Last night, Trump made disparaging and divisive remarks that only further play into the hands of radical extremists and puts homeland security at risk. Dan Innis has been shamefully silent and weak instead of showing moral and political leadership.

Yesterday, NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn led the way for Innis to do the right thing by calling Trump’s statements “un-American.”

"Dan Innis must join NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn and denounce Donald Trump’s hateful, un-American remarks.  Trump’s remarks not only divide our country, but also put our homeland security at risk and play right into the hands of radical extremists," said Shea-Porter.

 

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Shea-Porter Announces 2016 Candidacy!

Manchester, New Hampshire-  Today, at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention, Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announced her candidacy for New Hampshire’s First Congressional seat. She released the following statement:

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Thank you-Let's stay in touch!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all you did for me through this long campaign season.

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Shea-Porter Election Night Remarks

Carol Shea-Porter, surrounded by family, friends, staffers, and supporters, delivered the following remarks on Tuesday night at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center.

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Shea-Porter Campaign Memo: State of the NH-01 Race

Carol Shea-Porter enters the final countdown to Tuesday's election with the wind at her back as she campaigns to keep representing New Hampshire's First District.

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Shea-Porter Endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), a nonpartisan organization representing millions of members nationwide, has endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for re-election to Congress in New Hampshire’s First District.

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Shea-Porter Wins WMUR Debate; Guinta Misleads on FEC Investigation

At tonight’s WMUR Granite State Debate, Carol Shea-Porter outlined her work for New Hampshire’s middle class families and small businesses, while Frank Guinta evaded questions and misled voters about his ongoing FEC investigation.

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