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May 4, 2015 12:17 PM

First on NH1 News: NHGOP and NHDP trade fire over state Democrats FEC penalty

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CONCORD – The New Hampshire Democratic Party says it’s resolved reporting violations with the Federal Election Commission, paying a fine of more than four thousand dollars.

In a statement Monday, the state Democratic Party told NH1 News that “the NHDP worked with the FEC to resolve this matter as quickly as possible, and we have taken steps to improve our reporting process going forward.”

The New Hampshire GOP quickly criticized the state Democratic Party, as well as Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

"Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Democrat Party have exhibited a troubling pattern of illegal behavior and a complete disregard for state and federal campaign finance regulations. As the senior Democrat elected official in New Hampshire, Governor Hassan needs to take responsibility for this unethical conduct and explain why her political operation continues to break the law," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn, in a statement first reported by NH1 News.

According a letter from the FEC to the NHDP dated March 30, the state Democrats were fined $4,375, for violations from 2009-2010.

The NHDP, in a statement, said that while “this matter is now resolved, the FEC's four-year-old complaint against Frank Guinta remains unresolved -- despite Guinta's false claims in last year's debate -- and serious questions remain about whether Guinta illegally funded his campaign."

And the NHGOP pointed out that the NH Department of Justice took actions last year against Hassan’s re-election campaign “after it accepted $33,000 in illegal campaign contributions.”


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