CONCORD – Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein on Monday called on Gov. Maggie Hassan’s reelection campaign to return three large contributions that are now being reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office.
Hassan said in a weekend television interview she was operating under the law and precedent as interpreted in the past by the Attorney General, but also said she also welcomed the Legislature to review the issue.
The New Hampshire Republican Party has charged that the Hassan campaign broke state law as interpreted by a 2012 letter by then-Attorney General Michael Delaney. Her campaign responded that “New Hampshire law and practice” has long allowed unlimited contributions from one political committee to another.
At issue are a $25,000 contribution to Hassan’s political action campaign committee by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC, a $10,000 contribution from the Service Employees International Union (the State Employees Association) PAC and a $10,000 contribution from the PAC of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Havenstein, calling on Hassan to return the donations, said:
“Maggie Hassan is a good politician, which clearly extends to her ability to bend – and possibly break – the state’s campaign finance rules in order to raise money. However, if she truly supports campaign finance reform, as she has claimed in the past, she will act now to uphold the spirit of New Hampshire’s law and prevent undue influence from damaging our politics.”