A Democratic petition praises Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, for asking the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to try and compel companies to disclose their political spending.

Sep 10, 2015 5:02 PM

Landrigan: State Democrats push for campaign reform after another Super PAC ad for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH


CONCORD - In the wake of another, third-party ad heaping praise on Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, state Democrats launch a petition trying to draw out the incumbent on campaign finance reform.

Ending Spending, the Super PAC group aligned with conservative Republican strategist Karl Rove, began airing another ad, entitled "Safe and Proud.’’

The 30-second ad cites Ayotte’s work as state attorney general prosecuting the murderer of a Manchester cop and her support in Washington for terrorist detention policies and challenging the Capitol Hill establishment to "confront the growing threat of ISIS.’’

NH Democratic Party Raymond Buckley’s team unleashed a petition urging voters to contact Ayotte and get her to support reducing the role of these shadowy groups can spend unlimited dollars on attack ads without having to identify their donors.

"Ever since the 2010 Citizens United decision unleashed unlimited corporate spending into our political process, dark money has flooded into New Hampshire in an attempt to buy our elections. And it’s long past time we did something about it,’’ the petition cites.

And it credits Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, with helping to lead an effort with 44 other US senators calling upon the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to increase transparency by requiring companies to disclose their political spending.

"As Ayotte’s special interest backers continue to dump millions of dollars in dark money into our state to try to save their favorite candidate, Ayotte is once again doing their bidding at the expense of New Hampshire,’’ the Democratic petition states.

Meanwhile, Ayotte has faced critical ads from the Senate Majority PAC and released an analysis of the latest spot from Fact Checker.Org that questioned the accuracy of the commercial the Senate Democratic group had sponsored.


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