By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
CONCORD – The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity launched another big television ad buy in New Hampshire Wednesday, tying Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama. At the same time, the state Democratic Party continued to focus on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s former role as an advisor with the obscure firm Global Digital Solutions Inc.
The NHDP released an online petition and ad urging Brown to release his financial disclosure form, which may provide details on his dealings with the company. Brown has received an extension that does not require him to make his personal finances public until Aug. 9; other candidates for the Senate have already filed.
Shaheen, while filing her candidacy for reelection earlier this week, said she would “absolutely” campaign on the Affordable Care Act, while making it clear that the President “is not on the ballot” this year.
The AFP ad addresses her comments by picturing her with Obama and saying that under the ACA, 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals were not included in the network set up by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
“Tell Jeanne Shaheen we can’t afford Obamacare in New Hampshire and we want our hospitals back,” a narrator in the ad says.
It is the third AFP ad this year focusing on Shaheen and the seventh overall focusing on either Shaheen, Rep. Ann Kuster or Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
An AFP official said the ad package, including television, online and direct mail, costs about $731,000 and brings total AFP spending in New Hampshire to an estimated $3.8 million since the last week of December. Of that slightly more than $2 million has been focused on Shaheen.
Brown resigned as an advisor to the GDSI, which had provided him with stock initially valued at $1.3 million, shortly after filing his candidacy last week.
“Every Senate candidate in this race has filed and made public a personal financial disclosure, except Scott Brown,” said NHDP spokesman Julie McClain. “Serious unanswered questions about his role with a shady penny stock company, raise even more questions about what he is trying to hide.”
“With this petition, voters have the ability to let Scott Brown know that they deserve some answers. New Hampshire families don’t want a senator who has been bought-and-paid for by corporate special interests, hedge fund gurus, and manipulative penny stock firms,” she said.