CONCORD – The conservative advocacy group Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire today launched a new web ad and microsite criticizing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for “profiting from her vote” for the $787 billion stimulus program in 2009.
The Boston Globe reported in June that while Senator Shaheen strongly backed federal funding for breast cancer research, her husband, William, was an adviser to a California startup, Ultrawave Labs, Inc., that was developing new imaging technology to detect breast cancer. William Shaheen received stock options in the firm valued at between $1,000 and $15,000 in 2009, the year the stimulus bill passed. Sen. Shaheen supported the stimulus bill.
That same year, Ultrawave received $78,000 in federal stimulus funding, and, according to the Globe, the company paid a Washington lobbyist to promote its interests in the U.S. House and Senate.
The Shaheen campaign said the stock option had never been exercised and denied that there was a conflict between William Shaheen’s advisory role with the company and Sen. Shaheen’s vote for the massive stimulus program.
The issue has since faded from the U.S. Senate campaign. But Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is now trying to revive it with a video entitled “Jack in the Box” and a microsite, WhyIsSheHiding.com.
The ad charges that while the $787 billion stimulus “may not have done you any good, Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s business interests made out out to the tune of $78,000. No wonder she doesn’t want to talk about it whenever the subject…pops up.”
The microsite shows numerous videos in which Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire approached Shaheen for commentary on various issues, including federal spending, the Affordable Care Act, town halls and a federal gas tax hike.
“What’s worse than career politicians, like Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who supported the $787 billion ‘stimulus’ plan that did little for New Hampshire? That her own business interests benefited from it. In fact, they did so to the tune of $78,000,” said group spokesman Derek Dufresne. “There certainly are a lot of reasons why Senator Shaheen might want to avoid her constituents, but it is time our state’s senior senator stops hiding and starts answering for years of failed leadership.”
The Shaheen campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire criticism.