Apr 6, 2016 3:08 PM
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan wasn’t the only Democratic politician to receive campaign contributions from Richard Schubart, the former longtime instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy who was forced to retire and leave the prestigious boarding school after admitting to sexual misconduct.
NH1 News learned Wednesday that Schubart also contributed during the past decade to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, among others. Schubart also donated to the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
After admitting in late 2011 to sexual misconduct involving students decades earlier, Schubart was required by Hassan’s husband, Tom Hassan, who was principal of Phillips Exeter Academy at the time, to retire and remove himself from campus housing. Schubart’s admittance of sexual misconduct occurred after one victim came forward. But the history teacher was able to keep his emeritus status with the academy. Schubart was eventually barred from campus and lost his title of teacher emeritus in 2015, after a second victim came forward. The academy only made the controversy public in recent weeks, after reporting by The Boston Globe.
Schubart made a $500 donation to the NHDP in 2014. The state party told NH1 News on Wednesday that it’s making a donation in the same amount to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
"Unlike the hypocritical NHGOP, which never returned the $15,000 in tainted money they received from convicted felon and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the NHDP will be retuning this money in the form of a $500 donation to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence,” said NHDP press secretary Evan Lukaske in a statement to NH1 News.
Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter received around $1,000 in contributions from Schubart for her 2010 and 2012 congressional campaigns. A representative for Shea-Porter, who’s running this year to win back her seat in the 1st Congressional District, told NH1 News that they “sent a check for $1,250 (the total contributions from Schubart over the lifetime of our campaigns) to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Carol chose NHCADSV because she has been a personal supporter and knows they do great work.”
Schubart donated $260 to Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern for his 2012 and 2014 campaigns. A representative for Van Ostern, who’s running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, said a contribution of $260 is being made the Granite State Children’s Alliance.
Schubart contributed around $750 to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2008 and 2014 Senate campaigns. A spokesman for the senator said the amount of those contributions will be donated to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Hassan named Schubart as a member of her 2012 gubernatorial campaign’s Rockingham County Steering Committee and also received small campaign contributions from Schubart and his wife in 2011. That occurred before Schubart admitted to sexual misconduct.
But asked Tuesday by NH1 News why in March 2012 Schubart was kept on the steering committee list when it was reissued, Hassan said, “I did sense that something was wrong when Mr. Schubart abruptly left campus and I should have worked more actively to review my public supporter and steering committee lists and remove him from it and I apologize for that.”
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