Guinta’s Mother and Sister Directly Contradict His Lies
FEC Voted 6-0 Against Guinta, Including All Three Republican Commissioners
Concord, N.H. – Today, documents released by the Federal Elections Commission confirmed that Frank Guinta continues to be a “damned liar.” All six FEC commissioners (including three Republicans) voted against Guinta.
Among the trove of documents released today by the FEC was the “Second General Counsel’s Report” from February 11, 2014, which confirmed that Virginia Guinta (Frank’s mother) and Christine Guinta (Frank’s sister) directly contradicted Frank’s lies:
Virginia Guinta confirmed her understanding that the loans would be repaid. Such an understanding is inconsistent with the proposition that Rep. Guinta and his parents understood that Rep. Guinta had a legal or equitable right to dispose of the funds as he wished… Similarly, Christine Guinta Raymond, Rep. Guinta’s sister, represented that she was unaware such a family pot existed, let alone that she or either of her brothers enjoyed a legal or equitable right to access those funds (“Second General Counsel’s Report, page 10).
“The FEC documents released today overwhelmingly confirm what we already knew, that Frank Guinta has been lying to the people of New Hampshire for five years,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Even Guinta’s own mother and sister made clear that the funds in question were not Frank’s, and that he did not have any ‘equitable interest’ to them. Furthermore, the documents show that Guinta’s scheme stretches all the way back to his mayoral elections. It is now clearer than ever that Guinta can’t regain the public’s trust and must resign.”
See below for key quotes from the FEC’s “Second General Counsel’s Report” on Frank Guinta’s lies:
We conducted an investigation to determine whether the funds Rep. Guinta contributed were the personal funds of the candidate. Substantial credible evidence indicates they were not. (Pages 1-2)
Despite our best efforts, we were unable to obtain voluntarily more than a partial production of the records we sought. (Page 4)
They cite as examples checks that his parents wrote payable to Rep. Guinta between 2001 and 2010 totaling at least $57,050 to pay for a variety of Rep. Guinta’s personal expenses, such as his mayoral campaign, his credit card bills, and his mortgages on two properties. (Page 6)
Our investigation uncovered no evidence supporting the Respondent’s theory that Rep. Guinta nonetheless held legal title to or an equitable interest in those funds. To the contrary, it remains undisputed that the funds in question were drawn from a bank account held in the names of Rep. Guinta’s parents, there is no documentary support for the proposition that. Rep. Guinta had a contractual or equitable right of access to those funds, and the accounts of witnesses with personal knowledge suggest that no such arrangement existed. (Page 8)
Rep. Guinta stated in his affidavit that he had a “specific commitment and pledge [ ] from [his] parents” that he would have access to the funds for his personal use. Rep. Guinta Aff. II 10.Respondents assert that the funds in the family pot were “regularly available” to Rep. Guinta and his siblings, and that “they regularly used the shared family resources for personal expenses.” RTB Resp. at 2-3. We are not aware of any document, however, reflecting the existence of any such alleged agreement or understanding between Rep. Guinta and his parents about his right to access funds in his parents’ accounts. Further, the available contemporaneous evidence tends to conflict with the claim that an agreement concerning family assets held in common existed, and statements of witnesses who would have personal knowledge of such an agreement conflict with the claim that Rep. Guinta and his siblings were equitably entitled to funds in a family pot of accounts held in his parents’ names. (Page 9)