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Shea-Porter Dominates Guinta in Second Debate

 North Conway, NH— Tonight, Carol Shea-Porter continued her dominant debate performances, holding Guinta accountable for his constant deception of New Hampshire voters. On issue after issue, Frank desperately tried to inflate his record, but Carol wouldn’t let him. She held him responsible for voting against funding for opioid treatment and prevention and for failing to provide adequate funding for the new programs passed last summer. He wasn’t able to defend his irresponsible votes to take drug treatment away from 6,000 people.

“This is important work that needs to be done, but if you’re going to vote against the ACA than you’re voting to take away treatment. There’s no other way to explain that. You actually voted against the bill, the Omnibus, last December which had money for treatment for opioid and heroin addiction,” Shea-Porter said. “Now you’re on the Budget Committee. You didn’t get your budget passed.  But you voted for things in the Budget Committee, and one of them, you had an opportunity to vote for more money for the opioid crisis, and you said no. So you can’t stand here and say that you know that we need these resources and then go to Washington and vote against it,” added Shea-Porter. 

Shea-Porter laid out her plans for the future, “There’s no statute of limitations on caring for people,” she said. She called for affordable higher education for Americans and highlighted her record expanding Pell Grants and lowering student loan interest rates by having students apply directly for a federal school loan. The subsidies that banks used to collect were plowed back into increasing Pell Grant funding. 

On funding for education for children with disabilities, Shea-Porter said, “It’s really shameful, it’s a commitment [Congress] made, and they should honor it.” She showed the audience her compassion and commitment for fighting for all Americans, not just those at the very top. “We have to keep working at this because it’s an obligation we have to every child no matter where that child is no matter what the zip code is, no matter what the difficulties that their family faces or the child faces, the challenges. Every child deserves an opportunity to be fully engaged and part of what I call a piece of the American Dream,” concluded Shea-Porter

16 Term Alderman From Manchester Endorses Shea-Porter For Congress

Former Manchester Alderman William Cashin Endorses
Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Manchester, NH— Today, highly respected former Manchester Alderman William Cashin endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for Congress. William B. Cashin served a record 16 consecutive terms as an alderman representing Wards 10 and 11 on the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center is named in his honor.

“I’ve always admired former Alderman Bill Cashin’s commitment to public service, and he has a long and impressive record of service to the people of Manchester.  I’m truly honored to have his endorsement, and I thank him,” said Carol Shea-Porter.   

Full endorsement:

I am endorsing Carol Shea-Porter because I believe she is the best candidate to represent Manchester in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this election, it is vital that voters send to Congress candidates whom we are assured will help and defend ordinary people.

When I say ordinary, I am not talking about people who are average or common, but people like you and me, people without great wealth or connections, people for whom the “System” is something not to be manipulated. I speak of people who are part of a community that helps them realize their hopes and dreams if they play by the rules and work hard.

The people I served as alderman for 32 years were people who gave back to the community more than they took, but who relied on the community they built with their family, friends and neighbors for help if the chips were down. These are people whose labor and their commitment to faith, duty and love of country made the United States the greatest nation on earth, and New Hampshire the best state to live in. 

I am voting for Carol Shea-Porter as her record shows she is committed to defending two of the most vulnerable groups of Americans, senior citizens and veterans. I am both a senior and a vet.

The fight to ensure that seniors can enjoy their twilight years with security and dignity has been, and unfortunately still is, challenging and difficult, given the long history of opposition of Republicans to Social Security. This is a fight that has spanned my entire lifetime, the Social Security Administration having been established by Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is a fight that was and is lead by Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter.

New Hampshire is the only state lacking a full-service veteran’s hospital. Over a decade ago, when Republicans controlled the New Hampshire Congressional delegation, the Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) suffered cutbacks and lost its status as a hospital. The staffing levels of the facility deteriorated as Republicans during the George W. Bush Administration pushed for privatization.

The attempted privatization of veteran’s health care services was defeated. After the election of Carol Shea-Porter and fellow Democrat Paul Hodes to the House in 2006, and with Democrat Jeanne Shaheen elected to the Senate in 2008, the situation at the Manchester VAMC improved. Over 160 staff were added.

Unfortunately, with the return of Republican control of the Senate and the return of Frank Guinta to the House, there are again problems at the VAMC. I believe that returning Carol Shea-Porter to the House and electing Maggie Hassan to the Senate are necessary to ensure that the Manchester VAMC not only is preserved, but will once again become a full-service hospital, improving care for New Hampshire’s vets. 

I also am voting for Carol Shea-Porter as I have her commitment that, in Congress, she will do all she can to help Manchester, the largest city in the Granite State, address its problems. When I began my career as an alderman, Manchester was in a severe economic decline due to the loss of manufacturing jobs caused by the closing of the textile mills and shoe manufacturers. In the generation that followed, I worked with many dedicated individuals to reverse that decline.

Our efforts grew stronger due to the tenacious support of the community, those ordinary people who have always been the backbone of the Democratic Party. After many long years, we achieved a great success. The Queen City, which once seemed to have a bleak future, regularly was named as one of the Top Ten cities to live in, in the United States.

Our fight for Manchester’s future was a vision that attracted the support of good people of both parties, as does so many programs created and shepherded by Democrats, like Social Security and Medicare. Those vital programs enjoying broad, bipartisan support among ordinary people again are under threat. And so is the economic future of Manchester.

It is sad to see the progress that came through hard work and the love of this great city jeopardized.

Manchester recovered from the economic decline caused by the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the Queen City flourished. But in recent years, Manchester has been plagued by difficulties foreshadowing a new economic decline, caused by the mismanagement or municipal economic policy by two Republican mayors.

This cycle, which is marked by the erosion of Manchester’s ability to attract manufacturers, began under then-Mayor Frank Guinta. Carol Shea-Porter is committed to strengthening the economic base of Manchester and New Hampshire through economic policies that will make our city and state attractive to companies representing the 21st Century economy, with their innovative products and services and high-paying jobs.

I ask you to vote for Carol Shea-Porter as the only candidate with a proven record of defending and helping seniors and veterans, and because of her commitment to the economic development of Manchester and New Hampshire.

Thank you.

William B. Cashin,

Manchester, New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Receives Endorsement From President Obama And LBGTQ Gun Violence Prevention PAC

Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter received to major endorsements in her election campaign in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.  Shea-Porter received the endorsement of President Barack Obama and the nationwide LGBTQ organization, Pride Fund To End Gun Violence.

Obama called Carol Shea-Porter a “fighter for the middle class,” and cited her work making the country “stronger, safer, and fairer for Granite State families.” 

“I’m proud to endorse Carol Shea-Porter for the United States House of Representatives,” said Obama. “Carol is a fighter for Granite State working families, and will be the kind of independent leader we need to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, safer, fairer country for our children. In Congress, I know that Carol will push to make sure veterans get the care they deserve, secure equal pay for equal work for women, and fight for affordable childcare and paid family leave. All Granite State families know that Carol will stand up for them.”

“I’m deeply humbled to have earned Barack Obama’s support,” said Shea-Porter. “In Congress, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, make sure veterans get the care they deserve, and focus on keeping jobs here in New Hampshire.”

Ending gun violence in our communities is a pilar of Shea-Porter’s campaign.  She has already received the endorsement from Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Gun Solutions, for her commitment to “stand against the Washington gun lobby.”

Today, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, America’s only LGBTQ organization focused solely on gun violence prevention, announced its endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter, Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate, and 15 House candidates. 

“We support these candidates because of their demonstrated commitment to support equality and safety for all, and for their commitment to acting on common sense gun reforms,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund. “We need elected officials who will stand up for people – not for the profits of the corporate gun manufacturers.” 

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. This organization is committed to mobilizing the LGBTQ community and allies to help eliminate senseless gun tragedies and hate crimes, and I am proud to stand with them. We need to work together to pass common-sense legislation that reduces gun violence while protecting our Second Amendment rights, so that massacres like the Pulse night club shooting never happen again,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

With this election, we have an opportunity to reclaim our communities from the threat of gun violence. Pride Fund is turning anger into action by working to elect candidates who have committed to making our cities, our states, and our country safer for everyone.  

Pride Fund’s endorsed candidates have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ equality during their service in office, in their communities, or in their personal lives. All Pride Fund endorsed candidates have pledged to support the following key issues:

  • Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales
  • Prohibiting suspected terrorists from purchasing guns
  • Restricting access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Supporting federally funded research on gun violence
  • Preventing individuals convicted of committing hate crimes from purchasing guns

In the House, Pride Fund endorses Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Terri Bonoff (MN-03), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Bill Foster (IL-11), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Sander Levin (MI-09), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Jerry Nadler (NY-10), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Carol Shea Porter (NH-01), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Brady Walkinshaw (WA-07). 

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a political action committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates who support sensible gun reforms. Pride Fund is America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun policy reform to ensure safety for all.

Members of Bernie Sanders for President Steering Committee and Delegates Endorse Carol Shea-Porter

Image by MARCN CC on Flickr

Image by MARCN CC on Flickr

Rochester, NH Today, members of the Bernie Sanders for President Steering Committee in the First District announced they are endorsing Carol Shea-Porter for Congress. The list of Sanders supporters includes almost every member of the steering committee and almost every national convention delegate as well as several senior members of Sanders’s campaign staff in New Hampshire.

“I am proud to receive the support of the Bernie Sanders steering committee and delegates in the First District,” said Carol Shea-Porter. “For years, I have worked alongside these dedicated supporters, fighting to reform campaign finance laws, raise the minimum wage, protect Social Security and Medicare, pass equal pay for equal work, and reduce the burden of student loan debt. I am honored to have their endorsement because they care deeply about the people of our state and country and work hard to create a better future for all.”

Below is the list of Bernie Sanders’s Staff, Delegates, and Steering Committee Members that have endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for Congress:

Julia Barnes, State Director, Bernie Sanders for President

Kurt Ehrenberg, NH Bernie Sanders Political Director, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Martha Fuller Clark, State Senator, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Mark MacKenzie, NH AFL-CIO President Emeritus, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Renny Cushing, State Representative, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Burt Cohen, Former State Senator, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Andru Volinsky, Nominee for Executive Council District 2, Bernie Sanders Delegate*

Ronna Hamelin, Newmarket Town Chair, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Mo Baxley, Former State Representative, Chair of NH Freedom to Marry, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Chris Liquori, Bernie Sanders Delegate

Dudley Webster Dudley, Former Executive Councilor

Lew Henry, Town Chair, Gilmanton Democrats

Susan Roman, Town Chair, Durham Democratic Committee

Elizabeth Ropp, Political Activist

Tim Smith, State Representative

Caroline L. French, Political Activist

Patrick Long, Manchester Alderman and State Representative

Sharlene Labore, Mail Handlers Union

Kim Hayes, American Postal Workers Union

Wayne Alterisio, Retired President of NH Letter Carriers

Janice Kelble, Leg. State Director for APWU*

John Joyal, Political Activist

Jane Beaulieu, State Representative

Erik Corbett, Chair, Carroll County Democrats

Peter Bixby, State Representative

Chris Howe, President of American Postal Workers Union Manchester Local

Peter Somssich, Former Chair of Portsmouth Democratic Committee

Bob Perry, Former State Representative

Judy Stadtman, NH AFL-CIO Campaign Director

Hon. Eileen Ehlers

Bob Ehlers, Veteran USMC

Reta MacGregor, Chair, Goffstown Dems

Salme Perry, Chair, Rollinsford Democrats

Germano Martins, Board of Directors for SEIU

Monica Johnson, High School Student, Manchester

On National Coming Out Day, The Human Rights Campaign Endorses Carol Shea-Porter For Congress

hrclogo-withwords-1600x900_800_450Yesterday was the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. “Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally,” wrote the Human Rights Campaign.

“28 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10,” the HRC added.

One of those strong “allies” for the rights of the LGBTQ community has always been Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  This is why it was no surprise that on the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, the Human Rights Campaign announced their endorsement of Shea-Porter for Congress.

Carol Shea-Porter has been a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. In 2010, she led the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to end discrimination in our Armed Services. She was successful in this effort, rallying support in the House to finally repeal the discriminatory policy.   She signed the historic amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. She was an original cosponsor on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would have repealed the Defense of Marriage Act and required states to honor same-sex marriages performed in other states for the purpose of administering state and federal benefits.

Her opponent has a shameful record.  Congressman Guinta voted to support the anti-equality DOMA law, voted to delay Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and voted against LGBT domestic violence protections. Mr. Guinta was also in attendance when the NHGOP voted against supporting marriage equality. 

Mr. Guinta received a “16 out of 100” on the HRC’s 114’th Congressional scorecard. Mr. Guinta voted against seven of the eight bills the HRC supported in the House. 

“I am so proud to once again earn this endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign. HRC is a respected and effective voice for equality in our great country, and I am thankful and honored to be endorsed by this wonderful organization,” said Shea-Porter.

Thanks to the landmark Supreme Court decision, Marriage Equality is the law in every state.  But did you know that a worker can be fired or evicted from their home because they are gay?  Many states lack anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQ Americans from being targeted by their employer or their landlord.

This is why we need Carol Shea-Porter back in Washington, to help pass the “Equality Act.” A bill to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans, in every state, share the same, strong anti-discrimination protections under the law.  By passing the Equality Act, Congress would automatically overturn North Carolina’s dreadful LGBTQ discrimination bill HB2.

“No one should be fired, evicted from their home, or denied services because of who they are or whom they love. All LGBTQ Americans deserve a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families and this bill will help ensure that all employees are hired, fired or promoted based on their performances,” wrote the HRC.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress Endorses Carol Shea-Porter

vmfp-logoRochester, NH— Today, Carol Shea-Porter received the endorsement of Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP). Founded in 2005, VMFP works to ensure that the needs of veterans, active duty service members, and their families are understood by the American public and supported by legislation, regulations, and public policy initiatives. 

“Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans and active armed forces. While serving in the House of Representatives on the Armed Services Committee Carol Shea-Porter clearly demonstrated her determination to work on behalf of our nation’s active military and veterans by supporting legislation that would benefit all of our active military men and women and veterans. Ms. Shea-Porter’s strong commitment to the issues that are critical to veterans, those serving now, and their families is unsurpassed. Her public support for priority funding of the Veterans Administration and her declared determination to provide for the establishment of a national veterans and military family policy give all veterans and their families, especially those who are living in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, hope that they will continue to have a Congresswoman who will vote in such a way as to keep faith with those who have served and sacrificed. We feel that veterans, active duty, military families, and in fact, all people of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will be well-served with Carol Shea-Porter as their representative by ensuring that America remains strong in national defense and in fighting terrorism,” said VMFP in their endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter. 

As the daughter of a World War II veteran and the spouse of a veteran, Carol Shea-Porter has a deep and personal understanding of the commitment and sacrifice our service members make every day. She successfully expanded access to services at the VA in Manchester, voted for the Choice Card for vets, and was an original cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. She’s been instrumental in passing legislation to create jobs for veterans and ensure that they get the benefits they’ve earned.

“I am honored to have earned the support of Veterans and Military Families for Progress. I’m a former military spouse, and I’m proud of my husband’s service. The problems at the VA must be fixed and we must ensure that our veterans have access to care and get the benefits they’ve earned. I was proud to vote for increased funding for medical care, PTSD research, and claims processors because veterans should never have to wait for care or the benefits they deserve. I was also proud to be an original cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill of Rights to ensure that veterans returning home from their service have jobs and educational opportunities,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

In New Campaign Ad ‘Vision’, Shea-Porter Showcases Distinct Differences Between Candidates

In New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, we have two very distinctly different choices.

Guinta ABC MailerIn one corner we have Congressman Frank Guinta, who in 2010 won the distinguished title of “Most Corrupt Politician” from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Guinta has also been busted by the FEC once for illegal campaign contributions and already has another FEC complaint against him.  Guinta receives lavish campaign support from the Koch Brothers network, The Americans for Prosperity, and dozens of special interest Super PACs.  During previous campaigns Guinta received heavy support from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) who actively lobby against unions and push for so-called “Right to Work” in our State House.

In the other corner we have former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a proven fighter against the special interests and who refuses to take corporate PAC money.  She is committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare for future generations and refuses to let politicians balance their budgets on the backs of seniors.  Shea-Porter is a strong labor ally who has fought hard against attacks on workers rights and specifically against attacks on the USPS.

“I’m running for Congress because New Hampshire needs an independent voice, someone who isn’t beholden to corporations or special interests. DC Democrats weren’t very happy when regular citizens asked me to run again because they know I’m independent and I refuse to accept corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money.  When I’m back in Congress, I’ll once again stand up for veterans, seniors, students, and working men and women.  I’ll fight for raising the minimum wage, for equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, affordable child care, Planned Parenthood, and debt-free college,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

Earlier this week, the Carol Shea-Porter for Congress campaign released “Vision,” their first campaign ad of the season.  

The 30-second spot highlights Carol’s commitment to New Hampshire values: family, hard work, responsibility, and fairness.  In the ad, Carol talks about her priorities, like passing equal pay for equal work, raising wages for workers, and making sure veterans get the benefits they deserve. 

Shea-Porter Calls On Guinta To Renounce Trump’s Statement About Veterans With PTSD

Congressman Frank Guinta remains silent after Donald Trump attacks veterans suffering from PTSD as not being “strong enough.”

Photo by Evan Guest

Photo by Evan Guest via Flickr CC license

Yesterday at an event with Retired American Warriors PAC, Donald Trump implied that veterans returning from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not strong enough to handle it.

“When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump told a room full of veterans.

According to the Lone Survivor Foundation, “1 in 3” combat service members return with “invisible injuries” like “combat trauma, traumatic brain injury (or both).”  Combat trauma, or PTSD, has many tell tale warning signs such as “flashbacks, avoidance, isolation, hyper-arousal reactions including anger outbursts.”

On average we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide. Many of these veterans are suffering from PTSD reliving the worst moments in their lives, over and over again.  Many veterans organizations have put access to treatment for PTSD as their highest priority.

We should not be surprised by Trump’s comments about veterans suffering from PTSD as he said that Senator John McCain was not a war hero because “he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Ironically, Trump himself avoided military service four times through student deferrals and was eventually medically disqualified in 1968. He told reporters at the Washington Post that he had “a bone spur in his foot, but did not recall which foot had been injured.”

Guinta 2010 - 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

Guinta 2010  (Image by Jason Meserve)

In New Hampshire, Congressman Frank Guinta, one of CREW’s most corrupt politicians, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, remained silent after Trump’s outrageous statements last night. Guinta’s opponent, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, condemned Trump and called for Guinta to “renounce Trump’s comments” in a statement released last night.

“Frank Guinta is serving as a lapdog for Donald Trump instead of standing up for the people Trump is bullying. Trump’s newest attack is again on veterans, and again, Mr. Guinta is silent. Carol Shea-Porter was a military spouse and served on the House Armed Services Committee.  She has met many brave men and women who served their country in war and are now being treated for PTSD. They are heroes and do not deserve Trump’s insults,” said Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for Carol Shea-Porter. 

This is not the first time Guinta has taken heat over his “support” for veterans.  Last week we released a story about Guinta’s “double speak” when it came to supporting veterans and funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Guinta voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the government. The bill increased fundingfor the VA by $6.4 billion. The legislation, which fortunately was not tanked by Guinta’s refusal to support it, increased funding for medical care by $4.7 billion and provided funds to hire 770 VA disability claims processors to tackle the claims backlog.” 

Will Guinta continue to support Donald Trump who: attacked war hero, John McCain; disparaged the Kahn’s, a gold star family who lost their son in combat; and implied that combat service members returning with PTSD are not strong enough.

If this is the type of “support” that a Trump/Guinta ticket has to offer, they can just keep it.

Congressman Frank Guinta’s Double Speak On Supporting Veterans

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value,” proclaimed Vice President Joe Biden in a 2012 speech.

Vice President Biden is basically saying is that if you are not willing to pay for something you say you value, then you really don’t value it at all. This type of double speak is common among some politicians.

In New Hampshire, Congressman Frank Guinta talks a good game about his support for veterans, but in Washington, he has a long history of failing our veterans.

“Our nation’s active duty personnel and veterans risk their lives to ensure our country remains safe in the face of ever evolving threats. Our military heroes deserve the very best, and as your representative to Washington, one of my highest priorities is to protect and expand the resources, services and support available to them.

We must keep our promise to provide for those who courageously put their lives on the line to serve and protect our great country. I have always been a strong advocate for our military members and veterans in the Granite State,” wrote Guinta on his website.

We owe our veterans the benefits they’ve earned, but Frank Guinta has consistently voted against increasing funding for veterans programs.

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

Just nine months ago, Guinta voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the government. The bill increased funding for the VA by $6.4 billion. The legislation, which fortunately was not tanked by Guinta’s refusal to support it, increased funding for medical care by $4.7 billion and provided funds to hire 770 VA disability claims processors to tackle the claims backlog.   

In one fell swoop, Guinta voted to shut down the government and refused to increase funding for critical veterans programs. He even called these important funding increases “inducements to vote for more federal bloat and debt.”   

While serving on the Budget Committee this year, Guinta rejected an attempt by Congressman Seth Moulton, an Iraq war veteran, to increase funding by $340 million for FY2017 and $1.14 billion for FY2018. These increases would have been paid for raising taxes on the wealthiest and repealing tax breaks for Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

“Frank Guinta may claim to fight for our veterans, but his votes prove that he betrays them in Congress.  His votes against increased funding for medical care, VA claims processors, and repairs to crumbling VA facilities show his dishonesty and disrespect for veterans,” said Carol Shea-Porter spokeswoman Naomi Andrews. “His Budget Committee votes place multinational corporations, billionaires, and Big Oil ahead of our obligations to our veterans. Carol Shea-Porter was a military spouse and is proud of her husband and all of America’s veterans. She looks forward to working again for our troops and our veterans in Congress.”

It seems pretty clear that Frank Guinta’s claim to be “a strong advocate for our military members and veterans” is just campaign double speak.

Shea-Porter Campaign Releases A Bold, Progressive Plan to Reform Congress

Shea-Porter’s Plan Takes On Campaign Finance Reforms, The Revolving Door Of Members Becoming Lobbyists, More Transparency From Lobbyists and Members, And Eliminating Taxpayer Funded Perks

money-in-politicsRochester, NH — Today, the Shea-Porter campaign is releasing a comprehensive plan to reform how Congress does business.  The plan takes direct aim at our broken campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure, Congressional disclosure, and Congressional perks.

“I promised never to accept corporate PAC or lobbyist donations. I’ve kept my promises to you, but Congress needs to change the way it does business. We have to shut the revolving door. We need to increase transparency in lobbying and Members’ personal financial disclosure reports.  And we need Congress to live within its means and set an example. That means getting rid of the perks. The abuse of franking privileges needs to stop. I have personally never charged taxpayers for first class, but if Members wish to fly First Class, they should not charge taxpayers for the upgrade. And although Members do not get free health care for life, I propose a law so it can never happen,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

The Shea-Porter plan is a set of proposals to reform campaign finance laws, shut the revolving door, improve lobbying disclosure, get rid of the perks, and require more disclosure from Members of Congress. It requires Super PACs to disclose their donors, expands the cooling off period for lobbyists, and forces them to report more of their activities. It also improves the disclosure forms Members of Congress must file, narrowing the reporting ranges for assets and stock trades and making the data available in electronically usable format.

Shea-Porter is taking on Campaign Financing directly by:

  • Close the Super PAC loophole to make incorporated entities who give money reveal their funding sources so voters know who is trying to influence our elections
  • Match small dollar donations so our representatives spend less time fundraising and more time serving you
  • Most importantly, we need to get rid of the Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited anonymous spending. We need a Constitutional Amendment that states very clearly that corporations are not people and that Congress and the states have the power to regulate money in federal elections, so we can re-impose reasonable limits on campaign spending

Shea-Porter proposal also wants to close the revolving door of members becoming lobbyists by:

  • Prohibit all lobbyists from lobbying their Congressional colleagues or former office for at least 2 years. This applies to all former senior Congressional and Administration staff as well
  • Close the so called “senior advisors” loophole employed by lobbyists to get around registration requirements
  • Take away all special privileges, like access to the House Dining Room, for Members that become lobbyists, for as long as they are lobbyists

You can see more details on improving lobbying disclosure, increasing transparency from members, and eliminating taxpayer funded perks in the full plan found here.

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