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Maggie Hassan Pushes First Campaign Ad Highlighting Her Draw To Public Service

First Maggie for NH TV Ad Highlights Governor’s Family Story That Helped Draw Her to Public Service

CONCORD – Maggie for New Hampshire today announced its first television ad of the campaign, “Got Involved,” highlighting how the challenges and opportunities that Governor Maggie Hassan’s family has experienced helped inspire her to enter public service.

Maggie Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. And she has continued working ever since to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where all of our citizens are included in our economic success and prosperity.

“All families have challenges, what’s really important is that they also have community,” said Maggie. “That’s one of the reasons I got involved in public service. Because it made it so clear to me how much you can accomplish when you work together. “ 

Working across party lines, Maggie froze tuition at the university system for the first time in 25 years while lowering it at community colleges, strengthened job training programs, expanded health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters, and fought for women’s access to safe and affordable health care. In the Senate, Maggie will stand up to corporate special interests who have rigged the system in Washington and keep fighting for bipartisan solutions to help ensure that all Granite Staters have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. 

The six-figure ad buy will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online.


Click here to WATCH the 60 second TV ad.

NARAL Endorses Hassan, Releases New Ad Calling On Ayotte To #DoYourJob

NARAL Launches Ad Campaign Questioning Sen. Ayotte’s Misplaced Priorities, Failure to Do Her Job

Screen shot from ad

Screen shot from ad

Group Announces Endorsement Of Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC today announced a TV and digital ad buy targeting incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte for failing to do the job she was elected to do. Even though 75 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose restricting access to legal abortion, Sen. Ayotte has focused her energy on restricting reproductive freedom and defunding Planned Parenthood. Now, she’s even refusing to do her job to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, proving yet again that she doesn’t share the priorities of Granite State families.

NARAL today also announced its endorsement of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan in her race for U.S. Senate. As only the second woman to hold the office of Governor in New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan has always put women and families first and has stood firm against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or make it harder for women to access reproductive care.

“In her six years in the Senate, Sen. Ayotte has time and again proven that she doesn’t share the same priorities as the hardworking people of New Hampshire,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “She promised to go to Washington and makes things easier for people in the Granite State. Instead of doing that job, she has been obsessed with restricting access to abortion even for survivors of sex trafficking, making it harder to get birth control, and shutting down Planned Parenthood. Now, she’s refusing to do her job and fill the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.”

“Maggie Hassan is an unwavering defender of our reproductive freedom,” added Hogue. “As Governor, Maggie Hassan has always stood with women and families across the Granite State. She fought back against attempts to shut down Planned Parenthood and led the successful bipartisan effort to protect the safety of women who seek reproductive care. We are proud to stand with Governor Maggie Hassan in her campaign for U.S. Senate because she has always stood up for us. In this election, the choice in New Hampshire is clear.”

The ad features Deb, a working mother, long time New Hampshire resident, and NARAL member from North Hampton. In the ad, Deb explains how she shows up to do her job every day and that she expects no less for her senator. Unfortunately, Sen. Ayotte is not doing the job she was elected to do. In the direct-to-camera spot, Deb calls out Sen. Ayotte for being obsessed with rolling back access to abortion and birth control instead of doing her job on important issues like filling the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.

To see NARAL’s ad questioning Sen. Ayotte’s priorities, click here.

WMUR/UNH Poll Shows Ayotte’s Supreme Court Obstruction Hurting Her Standing in New Hampshire

UNH Survey Center: “Ayotte’s Popularity Takes Hit, Remains in a Dead Heat with Hassan for US Senate Seat” 

CONCORD — WMUR/UNH released a new Granite State Poll today that shows the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire is a virtual dead heat, with Governor Hassan within one point of Senator Ayotte. Senator Ayotte’s net favorability has dropped 13 points since the last Granite State Poll, and WMUR reports that “Ayotte’s support for the Senate Republican leadership’s refusal to hold a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland appears to have hurt her in the eyes of voters.”

“It’s clear that Granite Staters strongly support Maggie Hassan’s efforts to take her bipartisan problem-solving approach that’s working in New Hampshire to the United State Senate,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “This poll reinforces what the people of New Hampshire have been telling Kelly Ayotte for weeks in letters to the editors, protests outside her office and public appearances across the state: it’s long past time for Ayotte to do her job and stop obstructing the Supreme Court confirmation process.”

60% of New Hampshire likely voters believe the Senate should vote on Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, including 55% of Independents. 40% of New Hampshire likely voters also said Ayotte’s position on the Supreme Court appointment makes them less likely to vote for her.

“Granite Staters deserve better than a Senator who sides with her far-right party leadership and special interest backers over justice for millions of Americans,” added Jacobs.

You can read the full poll here.

Once Again Hassan Calls For Ayotte To Sign NH People’s Pledge

Governor Hassan Reiterates Call for Senator Ayotte to Join Direct Negotiations on a Strengthened NH People’s Pledge

Maggie for NH Lays Out Common-Sense Objectives for a Strengthened Pledge

CONCORD – Nearly two weeks after Governor Hassan signed a strengthened New Hampshire People’s Pledge to rein in campaign spending and sent a letter to Senator Ayotte proposing further discussions to find a way forward, the Governor is once again calling on the Ayotte campaign to join direct campaign-to-campaign negotiations toward a strengthened pledge.

Groups such as the NH Rebellion have also called for both campaigns to negotiate toward a strong agreement.

“I have long supported campaign finance reform, including overturning the Citizens United decision, and believe a strengthened People’s Pledge that both limits campaign spending and the influence of outside dark money groups is in the best interests of New Hampshire,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I thank New Hampshire campaign finance reform advocates for encouraging dialogue, and believe that both campaigns need to enter into direct campaign-to-campaign negotiations. I hope that Senator Ayotte’s campaign will participate and that together we can lead the way in reaching a groundbreaking agreement to curb campaign spending.”

The strengthened New Hampshire People’s Pledge that Governor Hassan signed not only reins in outside spending, but also commits each campaign to a $15 million spending cap, which represents a reduction in campaign spending from the highest spending New Hampshire Senate campaign in 2014. 

Governor Hassan’s campaign believes that negotiations should focus on the following common-sense objectives: 

Reining in outside spending. The Governor believes reining in outside dark-money groups is essential to our democracy. That’s why she has long fought for meaningful campaign finance reform and strongly opposes the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  

Reducing the total amount of spending on campaigns. The Governor believes that it’s not just outside spending, but the total amount of spending on campaigns that needs to be reined in. That’s why the strengthened New Hampshire People’s Pledge she signed commits each campaign to a $15 million spending cap.

Ensuring that neither campaign gains an undue advantage. Despite the fact that more than $5 million in outside spending has already benefited Senator Ayotte in the past year, the Governor has made clear that she wants the campaigns to work together to reach an agreement on a strengthened pledge. 

“The People’s Pledge was created to ensure that money doesn’t control politics, not to give one candidate an undue advantage over another,” said Maggie for NH Campaign Manager Marc Goldberg. “Despite the fact that Ayotte has already benefited from over $5 million in outside spending, we believe it’s possible to find a way forward on a strengthened agreement that will rein in dark money groups and overall campaign spending.”

Hassan Blasts Ayotte On Refusing SCOTUS Appointment In New Video

In what is quickly becoming a pivotal issue in the 2016 US Senate elections across the country, Senator Ayotte has taken a firm stance against approving a new nominee to the Supreme Court.  

Boston.com writes that, “the New Hampshire senator’s decision to align herself with her Republican colleagues in refusing to take action on a potential Supreme Court nominee, according to a poll out Wednesday, is not helping her chances. At a two-to-one rate, Granite Staters say Ayotte’s stance on the issue make them less likely to vote for her, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll.”

Firing back at Ayotte, Maggie for NH today released a new web video highlighting that Senator Ayotte has failed a critical test by putting her party leaders before her constitutional duty and refusing to even consider a Supreme Court nominee.  

“The people of New Hampshire expect their United States Senators to be independent-minded problem solvers willing to rise above their party, especially at moments of great consequence for our nation,” said Maggie for NH Campaign Manager Marc Goldberg. “This Supreme Court vacancy is one of those rare moments in Kelly Ayotte’s career – a true test of her independence and her leadership qualities – and by siding with her party over justice for Granite Staters and Americans, Ayotte has failed that test.”


Ayotte Calls On Maggie Hassan To Take The People’s Pledge – No I am Not Joking

Kelly Ayotte 3 (Gage Skidmore)Senator Ayotte makes a mockery of the Campaign Finance Reform movement by calling on Governor Hassan to sign the “People’s Pledge”

After voting to block a bill to reverse the disastrous Citizens United decision Senator Ayotte is now calling for her Democratic opponent to take the “people’s pledge” to keep third party spending out of the race for NH’s U.S. Senate seat. (Full text of the People’s Pledge below.)

In her press release Ayotte said:

“… I believe New Hampshire voters deserve a campaign that focuses on the issues they care about most,” Kelly wrote. “I also believe that we owe it to the people of New Hampshire to have an honest discussion of our respective records and stand behind the ads run on our behalf. But excessive spending by third party special interest groups threatens to drown out New Hampshire voices in our race and undermine the meaningful debate that our citizens expect and deserve.”

It is ironic that she would be calling on Hassan to take the People’s Pledge after she routinely rejects attempts to reverse the overwhelming amount of money pouring into our elections from unknown billionaires and unnamed corporations.

“Ayotte said she supports reform in Washington, especially federal tax reform, but said she doesn’t support campaign finance reform efforts that seek to change the U.S. Constitution.”
[Union Leader, 1/7/15

(Ayotte) I think that on terms of campaign finance, one thing that I need to understand is that, if you look at Citizens United, it’s decided under the first amendment of the constitution. And I’ll be honest, the constitution’s important to me, as I know it is to all of you. And so, if we’re going to look at amending the constitution, I think that’s very, very tricky and can be very dangerous. And so I worry when I see proposals that are amending the first amendment of the constitution, because I’m not sure we’re going to get it as even as half as good as the people that drafted the constitution, and so I can’t support that. “ [American Bridge, Youtube, 6/12/15]

Just today, Ayotte doubled down on her opposition to reversing Citizens United in an interview with Fosters Daily Democrat.

“I’m certainly open at looking at ways to address the issue as long as they’re even handed and as long as they’re not rewriting the Constitution.”

Previously she’d said that reversing Citizens United would be “absurd” and called for more dark money groups like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity. And last week, she voted against a measure that would have required big oil companies to disclose their political spending. 

 The Americans for Prosperity spent well over a million dollars on ads in 2015 attempting to discredit Governor Hassan all to benefit Ayotte in the upcoming election. 

“Kelly Ayotte’s attempts to erase her record of siding with special interests over the people of New Hampshire are so transparent as to be laughable,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Not only has she consistently opposed efforts to reform our campaign finance system and overturn Citizens United but she’s happily accepted millions in special interest money and has a record of voting with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time.”


Full text of the People’s Pledge: 

The Candidates on behalf of their respective campaigns hereby agree to the following:

  • In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, or online advertising in support of a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s total cost, duration, and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  • In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, or online advertising in opposition to a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, the opposing Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s total cost, duration, and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to a charity of the opposed Candidate’s choice.
  • In the event that a third party organization airs any broadcast (including radio), cable, or satellite advertising that promotes or supports a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s total cost, duration, and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  • In the event that a third party organization airs any broadcast (including radio), cable, or satellite advertising that attacks or opposes a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, the opposing Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s total cost, duration, and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy to a charity of the opposed Candidate’s choice.
  • The Candidates and their campaigns agree that neither they nor anyone acting on their behalf shall coordinate with any third party on any paid advertising for the duration of the 2016 election cycle. In the event that either Candidate or their campaign or anyone acting on their behalf coordinates any paid advertisement with a third party organization that Candidate’s campaign shall pay 50% of the cost of the ad buy to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  • The Candidates and their campaigns agree to continue to work together to limit the influence of third party advertisements and to close any loopholes (including coverage of sham ads) that arise in this agreement during the course of the campaign.

Senator Ayotte’s Horrible Record Of Opposing Paycheck Fairness

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter (Jerry Nadler FLIKR)

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act (Jerry Nadler FLIKR)

Last week we celebrated the 7th anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act to fight the gender wage inequality. Some, including my own Senator, Kelly Ayotte, are still fighting against the hard working women of the Granite State by opposing legislation to close the gender wage gap.

According to the National Women’s Law Center, women make 76 cents for every dollar earned by men in New Hampshire. The numbers are worse for minority women: African American women earn 65 cents and Latinas 70 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.

“The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act marked a critical step forward in the fight to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, but the fight is far from over,” said NH Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “Women are still paid an average of 79 cents on the dollar for full-time work compared to men, while politicians like Kelly Ayotte stand on the wrong side of progress by obstructing efforts to close the wage gap to appease their special interest backers like the Koch Brothers.”

Kelly Against Paycheck FairnessIn June 2012, Ayotte voted against a procedural vote to move forward with S. 3220, Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (also known as the Equal Pay Act), “to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.” The Paycheck Fairness Act would require a clarification in reasons for differences in wages paid to men and women doing the same work. The motion was rejected 52-47.

Ayotte’s opposition to equal pay legislation does not stop there. In April of 2014, Ayotte voted to block a “bill that would require employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications and in similar jobs have a business justification. It would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information and authorize the Labor secretary to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages in a sex discrimination action. The bill also would require the Labor Department to provide training and collect wage information,” wrote CQ magazine.

And again in September 2014 , Ayotte voted against a bill to strengthen federal equal pay laws for women.

“Yet again, Kelly Ayotte has shown that she could not be more out of touch when it comes to the issues that matter to women and families. Time and time again, she’s voted against the wellbeing of New Hampshire women—and her record of voting to block gender equality in pay is especially shameful,” said Marcy Stech, communications director for EMILY’s List. 

Just to show how much she cared Senator Ayotte voted against Paycheck Fairness legislation multiple times and in turn submitted her own legislation to make the problem worse.

“Ayotte voted against Paycheck Fairness a whole bunch of times. And then, just for kitten-heel kicks, she and some of her fellow lady Republicans introduced their own adorable “Equal Pay” bill, which wouldn’t actually strengthen equal pay laws so much as weaken them by creating extra loopholes for employers. It’s like the same thing, only different,” wrote Kaili Joy Gray for Wonkette. 

“It is troubling that Senator Ayotte has gone so far out of her way to oppose this basic economic equality – voting four times against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help ensure that women can earn equal pay for equal work. And even worse, she is now trying to cover up her record with a sham bill rife with loopholes that would continue allowing employers to prevent the sharing of salary information and keep women from determining when they are being paid less than their male counterparts.,” said Maggie for NH Campaign Treasurer Kathy Sullivan. 

“In November, New Hampshirites have a clear choice to elect a true champion in Maggie Hassan, who will move forward solutions for New Hampshire women – and make sure that they are finally paid what they deserve,” said Stech.

“Lilly Ledbetter took her fight for equality and fairness all the way, powering through opposition to change the laws that held her back. And so will women across the Granite State. New Hampshire women deserve a Senator who will fight for progress and economic security for their families, not a Senator who hides behind sham legislation while standing in the way of equality and fairness,” added Miller.

Governor Hassan Continues “Innovate NH” Tour with Visit to PillPack

Governor Hassan (center) with PillPack Co-Founders TJ Parker (left) and Elliot Cohen (right) during a visit to PillPack’s Manchester facility.

Governor Hassan (center) with PillPack Co-Founders TJ Parker (left) and Elliot Cohen (right) during a visit to PillPack’s Manchester facility.

MANCHESTER – Continuing her “Innovate NH” Tour to highlight and support innovative businesses that are creating good jobs and strengthening New Hampshire’s economy, Governor Maggie Hassan today visited PillPack, a full-service pharmacy that is simplifying medication management for patients across the country. 

“Through its innovative way of simplifying the management of medications for patients across the country, PillPack is making a difference in people’s lives while creating good jobs that expand middle class opportunity and strengthening our economy,” Governor Hassan said. “PillPack also serves as an example for responsibility with prescription drugs, offering a service that simplifies the process for patients living with chronic pain or illness. I am proud to celebrate PillPack as one of the many innovative businesses that have positioned New Hampshire as a leader in the innovative economy of the 21st century, and I look forward to their continued growth and success in the Granite State.”

“It was an honor to host Governor Maggie Hassan at our pharmacy in Manchester today,” PillPack Co-Founder TJ Parker said. “Her commitment to supporting growing companies in New Hampshire and her focus on improving the lives of patients through innovative ideas was evident throughout our conversation. We are more excited than ever to continue to grow our business in New Hampshire.” 

PillPack was founded in 2013 to make managing medications simpler and easier for patients living with chronic conditions, providing personalized rolls of pre-sorted medication and delivering it directly to patients. The Manchester office currently employs over 160 employees and is planning to expand later this year. For more information, visit https://www.pillpack.com/.

The Governor’s “Innovate NH” tour includes visits to innovative businesses across New Hampshire and conversations with local leaders, workers and citizens as part of her efforts to reach out to Granite Staters for their input on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.

Kelly Ayotte (Again) Is Only New England Senator To Oppose Clean Water Protections

waves water lake by -jonathan-beanCONCORD – As Kelly Ayotte continues her undisguised attempt to mislead Granite Staters about her record of voting to undermine New Hampshire’s environment and beautiful natural resources, Ayotte voted this morning to oppose efforts to protect clean drinking water for millions of Americans. Ayotte was the only New England Senator to oppose these important clean water protections.

Try as she might to fool voters, Ayotte’s dismal environmental record speaks loud and clear: Ayotte has voted with the Koch Brothers 94% of the time on the environment, including voting multiple times to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and voting to block the Environmental Protection Agency from ever having the ability to reduce greenhouse gases. And Ayotte’s record has earned her a lifetime score of 23% from the League of Conservation Voters – even worse than Scott Brown’s lifetime score of 38%.

“It’s deeply troubling that Kelly Ayotte was the only New England Senator to vote against against important efforts to preserve our beautiful natural resources and protect clean drinking water for millions of Americans,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “But siding with corporate special interests over New Hampshire’s environment is nothing new for Ayotte, who has fought to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and votes with the Koch Brothers 94% of the time on environmental issues.” 

“Governor Maggie Hassan has always been a strong champion for New Hampshire’s environment, and in the Senate, she will fight to put the Granite State’s beautiful natural resources first, not special interests,” added Jacobs. 

Trump Takes Page From Kelly Ayotte Playbook With Sarah Palin Endorsement

Concord, N.H. — As Donald Trump works to maintain his status as the New Hampshire Republican frontrunner, he’s taking a familiar page from the Kelly Ayotte playbook: securing Sarah Palin’s endorsement.

Back in the summer of 2010, the Nashua Telegraph reported that Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte for Senate, posting on Facebook: “It’s my honor to endorse a Granite State “mama grizzly” … “New Hampshire is lucky to have Kelly Ayotte as a candidate for the U.S. Senate this year.”

Kelly Ayotte With Sarah Palin

“Kelly Ayotte owes her 2010 election in no small part to Sarah Palin’s far-right endorsement that helped deliver the Republican primary for Ayotte, and Granite Staters should be deeply concerned that Palin is now seeking to deliver the New Hampshire Republican primary for Trump too,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “As Kelly Ayotte repeatedly doubles down on her pledge to support Trump if he’s the nominee and even refuses to criticize Trump for his dangerous and outrageous comments, it’s hardly surprising that Ayotte’s top 2010 campaign surrogate Sarah Palin is now endorsing Trump as well.”

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