A super PAC with ties to House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP House leadership plans to spend $1.6 million in independent expenditures against U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter before the votes are cast on Nov. 4. The Democratic incumbent calls it “dirty money” supported by “Big Oil” and “Wall Street.”
The Congressional Leadership Fund said the expenditure against “extreme liberal” Shea-Porter is included in $12 million it plans to spend in a total of 12 House districts nationally.
The expenditures, including television advertising, will run in late October, the super PAC said. It has not yet announced expenditures for the state’s 2nd Congressional District against Rep. Ann Kuster.
CLF’s announcement came earlier today before a new poll showed tight races in both congressional districts in New Hampshire.
According to the latest WMUR Granite State poll, Shea-Porter leads Guinta, 37 to 32 percent, and when undecided votes are asked who they “lean” toward, Shea-Porter leads 42 to 39 percent.
In the 2nd District, Kuster barely leads Republican Marilinda Garcia, 36 to 34 percent, but when undecided voters are asked who they “lean” toward, Garcia comes out on top, 41 to 37 percent.
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In the 1st District, Republican Frank Guinta, a former congressman, has been a supporter of Boehner but has not committed to supporting him, even though Boehner was the featured guest at a fund-raiser for Guinta in Manchester on Sept. 24.
In an early September televised debate prior to Guinta’s victory in the GOP primary, he said of Boehner, “I think a lot of people in this country are looking for new leadership and you may see that opportunity come post-November. We’ll see who the candidates are and who the best qualified is but there very well may be a candidate that will replace John.”
In announcing the expenditures, CLF spokeswoman Emily David said, “Carol Shea-Porter’s extreme liberal record could hardly be more out of touch with a state that prides itself on independence. Come hell or high water, Carol Shea-Porter will champion Obamacare no matter how much the law hurts Granite Staters with its broken promises and high costs. Granite Staters deserve better than a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco liberal agenda.”
CLF says that from 2011 to 2012, it raised “a combined $55 million with its sister-organization, the American Action Network (AAN), a 501c4 primarily focused on advocating for center-right policy solutions.”
CLF’s board is chaired by former Senator and American Action Network Chairman Norm Coleman and includes Fred Malek, a former aide to Presidents Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush, and former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds.
Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly said, “John Boehner’s super PAC is run by Big Oil and Wall Street shills like Fred Malek, whose claim to fame comes from counting the number of Jewish employees in the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Richard Nixon. Boehner, Malek, and their secret donors are trying to buy this district for Tea Partier Frank Guinta by spending $1.6 million in dirty money.
“They want to punish Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for standing up for the people and fighting against Big Oil and Wall Street,” Connolly said, “but on November 4, voters will make it clear that New Hampshire is not for sale. Frank Guinta has been there for Big Oil and Wall Street, but he’s never been there for Main Street businesses and the people of New Hampshire, and voters know that.”