Jun 2, 2015 2:44 PM

Landrigan: Guinta's parents, sister dispute claim that loaned money was his


CONCORD - The parents and sister of Congressman Frank Guinta, R-NH, disputed his claim the $355,000 loaned to his 2010 came from his own money according to Federal Election Commission documents released today.

Last month, Guinta agreed to settle a Federal Elections Commission complaint, accept a $15,000 fine and repay loans to his campaign in the first race he won for Congress, unseating Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter.

But Guinta continued to maintain that while the account used was in his parents’ names, he had contributed more into that account that he had taken out.

The FEC released all the case documents regarding the settlement and in one Guinta’s mother, Virginia, states plainly the money came from the parents.

"She (Guinta’s mother) stated that she and her husband "decided $1 million of wealth would be available to each of their three children,’’ says an FEC document dated May 11, 2014.

The FEC also concluded Guinta did not donate enough to this account to come close to covering the loans he received.

"The unsupported claim that Rep. Guinta himself contributed significant sums to the accounts that now make up the family pot is also unpersuasive,’’ the FEC found.

In addition, Guinta’s mother also disputed Guinta’s claim the parents had already agreed that he owned these funds.

"Virginia Guinta did not characterize the funds as owned by Rep. Guinta or as having been obtained and maintained in her bank accounts because of any agreement with Rep. Guinta,’’ said the FEC statement.

Guinta has resisted calls to resign that came from Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson.

The Republican State Committee’s executive panel after an emergency meeting last month opted not to take a position whether Guinta should quit.

Guinta has said he agreed to the settlement to end a four-year federal probe into a complaint the New Hampshire Democratic Party brought against him.

"What we are talking about is money I generated into a family account. My name was not on the account but these were my funds,’’ Guinta told NH1 News.

Last week, Shea-Porter said the FEC settlement vindicates his view for four years that Guinta lied about where the money and expects Guinta will ultimately step down.

Shea-Porter also announced she would run in any special election to fill the First Congressional District seat.

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