CONCORD – A top member of the Attorney General’s Office said late Friday she hopes to have a review of three challenged contributions from union political action committees to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign committee complete by the middle of next week.
Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards said she expects to issue letters clarifying her office’s position on the issue by “mid- to late week.”
The New Hampshire Republican Party is challenging contributions made to Hassan’s political committee before she filed as a candidate by the political action committees of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Service Employees International Union (the State Employees Association) and the United Food and Commercial Workers. The contributions were $25,000, $10,000 and $10,000, respectively.
The NHGOP said the contributions were illegal because Hassan’s campaign was limited under the law and prior Attorney General’s Office opinions to taking no more than $7,000 from any contributor.
But Hassan’s campaign said the contributions were entirely legal as outlined by other opinions from the Attorney General’s Office. Her campaign said the law allows unlimited contributions from one political action committee to another political action committee and that contributions to candidates’ political committees are treated no differently until the candidate actually files to run for the position with the Secretary of State’s office.
The contributions were made on June 12, the same day Hassan filed for reelection, but prior to her filing.
The NHGOP also complained that none of the three unions itemized their receipts on their own financial disclosure reports.
“We are still waiting for some documents from one of the unions,” Edwards told the New Hampshire Journal. “I expect that we will have our review complete by the middle of next week. Letters will go out mid to late week.”