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Your Vote Matters! A Detailed Look At The NH Top Tier Races And Union Endorsed Candidates

November 4th is almost here and we at the NH Labor News want you to be as informed as possible when you go out to vote.  (NH residents can find Polling Place here.)

We want you to know who you are voting for and who has the support of working family advocates in New Hampshire. Below are links to the NH AFL-CIO, SEIU 1984, and the NEA of NH endorsed candidates from the top of the ticket all the way down. Be sure to vote all the way down the ticket (both sides if needed).

Your vote for local candidates is vitally important. We need to make sure that New Hampshire does not fall back into the anti-worker hands of Bill O’Brien. We need to elect Representatives at every level who are committed to supporting working families, and our rights as workers.

The AFL-CIO list of endorsed candidates.

The State Employees Association (SEIU 1984) list of endorsed candidates.

The NEA-NH list of endorsed candidates, and the list of endorsed NH House candidates.

Below is a list reasons New Hampshire families should support or oppose candidates for each of the major races in New Hampshire.

Maggie Hassan vs. Walt Havenstein

Major points:

Governor Hassan wants to keep New Hampshire moving forward by continuing to ensure that all Granite Staters have access to quality healthcare through the Healthcare exchange and the Medicaid Expansion. Gov. Hassan is also pushing to raise the minimum wage, and protect a women’s right to choose.

Walt Havenstein is pushing for tax cuts for the Business Profits Tax that would create a $90 million dollar hole in the state budget that he has yet to explain where those cuts would come from in order to balance the budget. His tax plan would mostly benefit large corporations and out of state businesses. Havenstein want to sign the NH Right To Work law. Havenstein has also vowed to repeal the Medicaid Expansion and adamantly opposes increasing the minimum wage.

Governor Maggie Hassan Walt Havenstein
Signed a balanced NH budget with no sales or income tax. Has a business plan that would blow a $90 million dollar hole in the budget with tax cuts to big business and out-of-state corporations.

Refuses to specify where budget cuts would come from, to balance the budget as required by NH law.

Worked with Legislature to pass a Medicaid expansion that provided healthcare access to more than 50,000 Granite Staters. Said he would support repeal of Medicaid expansion when it comes up again next term.
Opposes “Right To Work” legislation. Fully supports “Right To Work” legislation.
Supports raising the NH Minimum Wage to $9.00 (as written by the NH House in 2013).

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” Governor Hassan wrote. “Individuals working full-time in New Hampshire should be able to earn enough to pull themselves above the federal-poverty threshold and support their families.”

Opposes any increase in the minimum wage.
Was the former CEO of BAE systems, a federal defense contractor.
Was the CEO of SAIC, a defense contractor that worked with the NSA and local governments to spy on Americans. As CEO of SAIC, Walt made $20 million dollars in the few years he was employed there, while their stock value lost 30%, forcing SAIC to lay off thousands of workers.   (More details)
As CEO of SIAC, Havenstein oversaw the “TRICARE” data breach that jeopardized the privacy of over 11,000 NH Veterans and their families.
The Washington Post called the incident “One of the Largest Health-Data Breaches Ever Reported
Had to go to court to determine whether or not he was a “resident” of NH, in order to run for Governor. (While living in Maryland, he applied for and took a special tax exemption for residents of that state. Then he claimed that — while he was living and working in MD — he was still a resident of NH.)
New Hampshire’s economy has shown signs of growth, creating over 10,000 jobs in the last two years. Said his “jobs plan” (reduce taxes on businesses, and pass right to work legislation) would create 25,000 new jobs in the next two years. (This plan has repeatedly been torn apart, with analysts calling it “nothing more than a fancy slogan” like Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. There is no evidence to back up his jobs plan. Kansas Gov. Brownbeck did cut KS taxes — and the state is now running a deficit and has had its credit rating downgraded multiple times. The same thing has happened in NJ with Gov. Chris Christie.)
Havenstein got caught trying to blame Gov. Hassan for a 15 year trend of NH jobs being “offshored.”
Worked with NH Legislature to pass a NH Paycheck Fairness act.
Endorsed by Women’s rights and advocacy groups, Planned Parenthood and NARAL NH

 

Jeanne Shaheen vs. Scott Brown

Major Points:

Senator Shaheen has used her time in the Senate to push for increasing the minimum wage, expanding access to healthcare, universal background checks on all gun sales, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, opposing the “internet tax” and repeal the mandatory budget cuts force on the government by the Sequester.

Sen. Shaheen proposed a bipartisan bill with Sen. Portman (R-OH) to lower our energy costs, lowering our dependence on coal based energy and expanding alternative sources of energy.

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire after loosing his Senate seat to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He currently opposes raising the minimum wage even though he supported a minimum wage increase when he was in the MA Legislature. Sen. Brown claims to be “pro-choice” however he voted for the “Blunt Amendment” and supports the Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to deny women access to contraceptives.

Sen. Brown is also on the Board of Directors of Kadant Inc., a company that outsources American jobs. As a board member, Brown is paid over $270,000 a year from Kadant while they continue to move our jobs overseas.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown
Supports raising the minimum wage. Said “I have supported a minimum wage increase in the past” but refuses to state a position on raising the minimum wage now.
Supports “Paycheck Fairness” legislation. Voted against the “Paycheck Fairness Act” twice: 2010 and 2012.
Supported legislation to help small businesses get financial support to grow their business.   (Small Business Jobs Act) Voted against the Small Business Jobs Act.
Supports a women’s right to choose, and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL of New Hampshire. Co-sponsored and voted for the Blunt Amendment while in the Senate and this year, spoke out in support of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.
Pushes for more American manufacturing, particularly “Made in NH.” Is on the board of directors of Kadant Inc. which outsources US jobs to China and Mexico.
Endorsed by labor unions and advocates for working families. Endorsed by the Big Oil, AFP, and the Koch Brothers.

 

Carol Shea-Porter vs. Frank Guinta

Major Points:

Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a strong advocate for working families pushing to raise the minimum wage, working to close the wage gap and worked with health insurance companies to allow for more healthcare options available to Granite Staters on the ACA Exchange. Strongly opposes any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and vehemently opposes the Ryan Plan which would force more draconian cuts to Granite State families.

Congressman Frank Guinta supports the Ryan Plan and the Republican Study Committee Budget commonly referred to as the “Ryan Plan on steroids.” Guinta has strong support from anti-worker organizations like the Americans For Prosperity and the Associated Builders and Contractor who blocked the construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps center in Manchester over a labor agreement to protect workers and ensure fair wages. Congressman Guinta also supports cutting benefits from Social Security and increasing the retirement age for eligibility. Wants to return to Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Guinta was also named one of CREW’s most corrupt members of Congress in his first year of office. He has still yet to clear up the issue raised during his 2010 campaign where he mysteriously came up with $355,000 dollars in a bank account that he “forgot about.”

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter Former Rep. Frank Guinta
Supports an increase to the Federal Minimum Wage. Opposes any increase to the minimum wage.
Opposed the Ryan Plan and the forced budget cuts known as the “Sequester” that caused furloughs for federal workers. Supports the Ryan Plan and the Republican Study Committee Budget (“the Ryan Plan on steroids”) that includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and dozens of other government programs.
Opposes any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits for seniors.

Strongly endorsed by the NH Alliance for Retired Americans.

Said we need to cut “entitlement programs” and hopes his children do not even know what Social Security is. Supports privatizing Social Security and allowing Wall Street gamblers to oversee Social Security funds.
Strong supporter of workers rights and has been endorsed by almost every labor union in the state. Has been endorsed by the Koch funded Americans for Prosperity and the Associated Builders and Contractors (an anti-union lobbying group).

Guinta held up the construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps building, at the request of the ABC, over a labor agreement that would have ensured fair pay, workplace safety regulations, workman’s compensation insurance, and other paid benefits.
His opposition to Project Labor Agreements and supporting legislation to repeal the federal mandate to have a PLA on all federal projects earned Guinta an award from the ABC.

Supports Paycheck Fairness. Had the chance in 2012 to vote on an bill that would strengthen “fair pay” laws. Skipped the vote.
Voted to protect our Civil Liberties by stopping the NSA from collecting data from American’s cell phones, emails, and other personal information. When questioned on the violations of privacy and Civil Liberties from the Patriot Act, Guinta responded, “You either stand with terrorists or you stand with freedom and protecting Americans.”
Endorsed by the Sierra Club for advocating for protection of our environment. Does not believe climate change is scientifically proven. (Video)
Voted to oppose stronger regulations on oil companies drilling.
(The new regulations would require contingency plans for oil spills.)
Named one of CREW’s most corrupt politicians in Washington, in his first term in D.C.
Mysteriously came up with $355,000 in a bank account he forgot he had in the 2010 election.   Has yet to explain where the money came from.
Refuses to take money from corporate special interest PACs. Supports campaign finance reform to overturn Citizens United. Gladly takes PAC money from Big Oil lobbyists, the Koch Brothers, Tobacco Lobbyists, and union-busting lobbying groups.
Working to ensure that all Americans have access to good quality healthcare they can afford. Vows to go back to Congress and waste taxpayer dollars on more attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Threatens to shut down the government if we do not repeal the ACA. Repealing the ACA would result in a 74% increase in premiums for the majority of Granite Staters.

 

Annie Kuster vs. Marilinda Garcia

Major Points:

Congresswoman Annie Kuster supports raising the minimum wage to help struggling New Hampshire families work to lift themselves out of poverty. Worked to reduce regulations of local farmers and is sponsoring legislation to increase US manufacturing. Congresswoman Kuster is Pro-Choice and a strong defender of a women’s right to choose earning her endorsements from several women’s rights advocacy groups.

State Rep Marilinda Garcia opposes Marriage Equality, opposes increasing the minimum wage, and voted to abolish abortions even in cases of rape and incest. Garcia was a part of former NH Speaker Bill O’Brien’s leadership team, and voted lock step with her Tea Party leaders. Garcia was caught for plagiarizing twice in the last two weeks.

Garcia, age 32, still lives at home with her parents and is a career politician. Her only income is from teaching student how to play the Harp, and the $100 dollars a year she makes as State Rep. As a State Rep, Garcia was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Rep. Annie Kuster Marilinda Garcia
Family law attorney, specializing in family adoptions. Long history of political and social activism. Tea Party Conservative who made a name for herself while part of Bill O’Brien’s “Leadership” of the NH House.
At the age of 32, Garcia still lives at home with her parents and her sister Bianca.
Professional career politician. Also employed as a part time harp instructor. No other major employment aside from State Representative ($100 a year).

Pays herself $3,300 a month in salary out of her campaign funds (yes, this is legal).

Made a total of $6,000 last year.

Supports increasing the Minimum Wage. Voted to repeal the NH Minimum Wage law in 2011.
Has been endorsed by the NH AFL-CIO, NEA, AFT, SEIU, and almost every other union in the state. Supported Right To Work legislation that would hurt NH families.
Supports marriage equality and praised the Supreme Court in their repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Opposes marriage equality legislation.

Garcia also said, marriage equality is not an issue millennial voters care about. “… it doesn’t really come up, you know, in elections and campaigns anymore because it’s just not an issue that they’re fighting about in the legislature anymore.”

In a speech on the NH House floor Garcia said, “[Same-sex marriage is] illogical and invasive, while completely missing the biologically specific point of marriage in the first place.” Garcia also calls marriage “an institution that makes no sense for them.”

As a state legislator, Garcia was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where corporations sponsor legislators to take luxurious junkets to five-star hotels and provide them with pre-written legislation to submit in their home states. Garcia said “there was nothing wrong with lobbyist taking legislators out for dinner”
Has been working with Congressional members to push legislation that would help small businesses in New Hampshire gain access to much-needed capital to grow their companies.
Co-sponsored legislation that would force the government to spend more of the budget on products Made In The USA. Also has been working to expand the US and NH manufacturing base.
Working to ensure that all Americans have access to good quality healthcare they can afford. Vows to go to Congress and waste taxpayer dollars on more attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Threatens to shut down the government if we do not repeal the ACA.
Refuses to say where she buys her healthcare from, but swears it is not from the ACA Healthcare exchange.
Repealing the ACA would result in a 74% increase in premiums for the majority of Granite Staters.
Pro-Choice candidate endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Pro-Life anti-abortion candidate who voted to defund Planned Parenthood, outlaw abortions, and throw physicians in jail for helping a woman to have an abortion – even in the case of rape#NHp or incest.
Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (NH-02) plagiarized one of the few speeches she’s given in New Hampshire politics. Garcia’s House floor statement to repeal marriage equality in 2012 plagiarizes numerous passages from a 2010 editorial against marriage equality by the National Review.

Also caught plagiarizing a second speech in 2014.

 

After Debate Denial, Walt Havenstein’s Campaign Admits: He Knew About Fraudster Raises

After Being Confronted with Documents Proving His Company Authorized Raises for Consultants at Heart of Massive Taxpayer Fraud Scandal, Havenstein’s Campaign is Backtracking

walt havensteinManchester—Hassan Campaign Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs issued the following statement after failed CEO Walt Havenstein confirmed that he was not truthful in WMUR’s Granite State Debate.

“Failed CEO Walt Havenstein has confirmed that he was not truthful in WMUR’s Granite State Debate. Havenstein vehemently denied – multiple times – on television that he gave the fraudsters at the heart of the massive CityTime scandal a raise. But after being confronted with documents that prove his company authorized raises for the people responsible for a taxpayer-funded project that went more than $500 million over budget due to massive fraud, Havenstein is now backtracking.”

“Havenstein’s shifting responses and attempts to duck responsibility for the bad management, thousands of jobs shed, and massive fraud under his watch as CEO of SAIC reinforce that he puts his own interests first no matter who gets hurt, and that he shouldn’t be allowed to run New Hampshire.”

BACKGROUND:

In WMUR’s Granite State Debate, Havenstein denied SAIC gave fraudsters at heart of CityTime scandal a 5% raise. [WMUR, 10/29/14]

But later, his campaign said, “Havenstein was aware of the raises and let them proceed because he did not want to take any action that could jeopardize the federal investigation.” [AP, 10/30/14]

Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Must Come Clean with Granite Staters

Did He Let SAIC Give a 5% Raise to Consultants at Heart of Massive $500 Million Fraud Scandal?

Either Havenstein Was Deliberately Dishonest in WMUR Debate or He Didn’t Realize His Company Gave a Raise to The Fraudsters at Heart of CityTime Scandal with Project Already $500 Million Over Budget — Either Way, It Proves Again Why He Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Run New Hampshire

Cash Bribe Politician MoneyManchester, NH – In last night’s WMUR debate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein tried to deny the fact that SAIC gave a five-percent across-the-board raise to those at the center of the massive CityTime fraud scandal more than a year into his tenure as CEO. But with public documents confirming the facts, Havenstein must level with Granite Staters about whether he was deliberately dishonest in WMUR’s debate or he didn’t realize his company gave a raise to the fraudsters at the heart of the CityTime scandal with the project already $500 million over budget.

“Failed CEO Walt Havenstein must immediately come clean with Granite Staters about why SAIC gave the consultants at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scandal a 5% across-the-board raise more than a year into his tenure,” said Hassan Campaign Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Either Havenstein was deliberately dishonest with Granite Staters during last night’s debate, or he was completely clueless about his company giving an across-the-board raise to the fraudsters at the heart of the CityTime scandal. But either way, it simply proves once again why New Hampshire can’t afford to let him mismanage the state.”

“Even if Havenstein was unaware of the massive fraud scheme that took place under his watch as CEO, it’s still beyond belief that he would allow his company to hand out raises to those responsible for a project going $500 million over budget on the taxpayers’ dime. What’s worse, his refusal to take responsibility shows he puts his own interests first, no matter who gets hurt,” added Jacobs.

BACKGROUND

During Walt Havenstein’s time as CEO of SAIC, the U.S. Department of Justice discovered that his company was involved in a massive, $500 million fraud scheme against taxpayers.

Despite Havenstein’s claims that he took action and held people accountable, the New York Daily News reported that, “In early December 2010, only weeks before federal agents launched the first arrests in the scandal, the city’s Office of Payroll Administration permitted SAIC to give 5% across-the-board pay increases to all consultants supplied by Technodyne.” [NY Daily News, 11/21/13]

The employees and owners of the TechnoDyne consulting firm were at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scheme. Before the U.S. Department of Justice discovered the scheme, SAIC employees funneled $400 million in taxpayer dollars to TechnoDyne. [US DOJ Press Release, 6/20/11]

The across-the-board pay increase for all TechnoDyne consultants came over a year after Havenstein became CEO of SAIC on September 21, 2009. At the time of the raise, the CityTime project was already hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. [NY Times, 12/15/10]

See here for public documents showing that SAIC gave a five-percent raise to the TechnoDyne consultants on December 9, 2010, just six days before the U.S. Department of Justice’s first round of arrests in the case.

Fact-Checking Walt Havenstein

walt havensteinFACT CHECK: New Hampshire ALREADY has one of the BEST “Business Tax Climates” in the Nation

Fact: Despite Walt Havenstein’s misleading claims, the very study his campaign has cited – the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index – shows that New Hampshire’s business tax climate ranks 7th best in the country (and number one in New England).

The Council on State Taxation (COST) also tallied “all of the taxes paid by businesses in a given state, not just corporate income taxes, but property, sales, and personal income taxes as well” and found “that figure was 4.2 percent in FY 2012, markedly lower than the national average of 4.8 percent and less than 38 other states.” [NHFPI, 8/6/14]

FACT CHECK: So-Called “Right to Work”

Fact: Despite Havenstein’s claims, so-called “right to work” really means “right to work for less.”

The Economic Policy Institute’s report, “’Right-to-Work’ Wrong for New Hampshire,” explains that “Contrary to what RTW backers have claimed, the scientific analysis of right-to-work laws shows that they lower wages and benefits for both union and nonunion workers alike without exhibiting any positive impact on job growth.”

(Read NHLN coverage of Right to Work (for Less) here and here.)

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Misleading and Dishonest Budget Attacks

Fact: Governor Hassan has repeatedly pledged that she would veto an income or sales tax if one were to reach her desk.

Walt Havenstein’s false attack ignores that agencies are required by law “to submit both a maintenance budget that includes the cost of existing services going forward and a budget that incorporates new costs such as additional personnel or new legislatively mandated programs or technology.” [Union Leader, 10/14/14]

Havenstein’s misleading attack also ignores that Governor Hassan told state agencies their budget requests are non-starters, and already instructed agencies to submit lower proposals. [Union Leader, 8/7/14]

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Highway Fund Plan Cuts Troopers, Ignores Constitution

Fact: Walt Havenstein’s plan to cut the Department of Safety’s funding would take troopers off the road and make New Hampshire’s highways less safe.

The New Hampshire Constitution says that the highway funds shall be used for “the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of public highways within this state, including the supervision of traffic thereon.”  [NH Constitution, Part Second, Article 6-a]  The reference to the “supervision of traffic” allows highway funds to be given to the Department of Safety to fund state troopers.

In her bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan worked to maintain New Hampshire’s status as one of the safest states in the nation by putting more troopers on the road. By cutting the Department of Safety’s highway funding, Havenstein would reverse this effort and pull troopers off New Hampshire’s highways.

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Failed Record as CEO of SAIC

Fact: Failed CEO Walt Havenstein drove SAIC into the ground, the company lost millions, shed thousands of jobs, and saw its stock value nose-dive.

Despite Havenstein’s attempts to duck responsibility for the company’s performance during his disastrous tenure, the Nashua Telegraph pointed out that, “there’s little to dispute the company’s stock and job loss performance.”

Speaking of the strategy Havenstein put in place at SAIC to push for big government contracts, the Washington Post added, “The company struggled under the strategy, watching its profit and revenue decline.”

FACT CHECK: Over a Year Into Havenstein’s Tenure as CEO, SAIC Gave a 5% Raise to Consultants at Heart of Massive CityTime Fraud Scandal

Fact: During Walt Havenstein’s time as CEO of SAIC, the U.S. Department of Justice discovered that his company was involved in a massive, $500 million fraud scheme against taxpayers.

Despite Havenstein’s claims that he took action and held people accountable, the New York Daily News reported that, “In early December 2010, only weeks before federal agents launched the first arrests in the scandal, the city’s Office of Payroll Administration permitted SAIC to give 5% across-the-board pay increases to all consultants supplied by Technodyne.” [NY Daily News, 11/21/13]

The employees and owners of the TechnoDyne consulting firm were at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scheme. Before the U.S. Department of Justice discovered the scheme, SAIC employees funneled $400 million in taxpayer dollars to TechnoDyne. [US DOJ Press Release, 6/20/11]

The across-the-board pay increase for all TechnoDyne consultants came over a year after Havenstein became CEO of SAIC on September 21, 2009. At the time of the raise, the CityTime project was already hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. [NY Times, 12/15/10]

See here for public documents showing that SAIC gave a five-percent raise to the TechnoDyne consultants on December 9, 2010, just six days before the U.S. Department of Justice’s first round of arrests in the case.

 

Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Falsely Claims Hobby Lobby ‘Would Never Apply’ in New Hampshire

In Temple Adath Yeshurun Debate, Havenstein Demonstrates His Cluelessness on New Hampshire State Law, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision, and Workers’ Rights

MANCHESTER—Failed CEO Walt Havenstein doubled down on his support for the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that allows an employer to deny a woman health insurance that covers contraception. Havenstein also demonstrated his cluelessness on New Hampshire state law by falsely claiming the Hobby Lobby decision would “never apply to begin with” in New Hampshire.

“Walt Havenstein is either intentionally misleading voters, or he simply doesn’t understand New Hampshire’s laws,” said State Representative Candace Bouchard, who chairs the House Reproductive Rights Caucus. “Contrary to Havenstein’s false statements, the anti-choice Hobby Lobby decision does apply in New Hampshire and it means that certain employers here can deny women contraception coverage.”

At the Temple Adath Yeshurun debate, Havenstein reiterated his support for the Hobby Lobby decision. Adding, “In New Hampshire, because of our laws, [the Hobby Lobby decision] would never apply to begin with.” Havenstein’s Communications Director Henry Goodwin stated on Twitter that “No one would lose access” to contraception in New Hampshire under Hobby Lobby because the state’s “insurance mandates mean it can’t happen.”

Both Havenstein’s and Goodwin’s comments inaccurately describe New Hampshire’s laws, the Hobby Lobby decision, and the decision’s impact on New Hampshire women. The state mandate requiring health insurers to provide contraception coverage excludes employers that self-insure. The Hobby Lobby decision allows these self-insured New Hampshire employers to deny employees contraception coverage. Many large companies choose to self-insure, including Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which has a location in Manchester and no longer has to provide contraception coverage to its employees there under the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Not only did Havenstein double down on his support for the misguided Hobby Lobby decision, but he’s also said that the radical anti-woman NHGOP platform – which would outlaw some types of contraception and in vetro fertilization – would be his ‘guideline’ for decision-making. If one thing is clear, it’s that Walt Havenstein can’t be trusted on women’s health care,” added Representative Bouchard.

Click here for the full video of Havenstein’s false claims about the Hobby Lobby decision.

BACKGROUND:

Havenstein: “I can use that platform as the guideline for me for making decisions.”

“’I can use that platform as the guideline for me for making decisions.’ The platform is not binding, Havenstein added, but it forms as a “guideline” for decision-making. As the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Havenstein also said he has an ‘obligation’ to support the party toward victory.” [Concord Monitor, October 12, 2014]

New Hampshire GOP Adopts Fetal ‘Personhood’ Into Platform

“Fetal personhood measures, which have been defeated in several states, would grant legal rights to zygotes from the moment of fertilization. The measures are extremely controversial because they would criminalize abortion without exceptions and could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.” [Huffington Post, September 22, 2014]

Havenstein Supports Limiting Access to “Life-Saving Aspect of Women’s Health Care”

“Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing.” [Concord Monitor Editorial, 7/2/14]

Havenstein Praises Supreme Court’s Decision on the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law

“Havenstein praised the court’s decision and condemned the New Hampshire law Gov. Maggie Hassan signed that takes effect on July 10.” [Nashua Telegraph, 6/30/14]

Havenstein Unwilling To Comment On Anti-Choice Bills Before The Legislature

The Union Leader also reported that Walt Havenstein’s campaign would not answer a series of questions regarding Havenstein’s stance on various anti-choice bills before the legislature. [Union Leader, 4/21/14]

Havenstein Signed the Koch Brothers’ Pledge to Block Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion

Havenstein signed the Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire pledge, which commits that he’d work to repeal Medicaid expansion and block measures that help women access affordable health services. [WMUR, 7/30/14]

Nashua Chamber Of Commerce Explains To Walt Havenstein How Governor Hassan Is Truly Bipartisan

Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Baseless Attacks Against Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Accomplishments Fall Flat at Nashua Chamber Forum

Manchester, NH – Earlier today, failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s baseless attacks against Governor Hassan’s bipartisan accomplishments and leadership were swiftly refuted at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum. Havenstein stumbled when faced with the reality of Governor Hassan’s bipartisan accomplishments.

“This morning’s painful exchange reinforces how desperate failed CEO Walt Havenstein has become with his false attacks on Governor Hassan’s bipartisan leadership,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “The Governor’s record of bipartisan accomplishments speaks for itself: she passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade with no sales or income tax, worked with both parties and the business community to pass a bipartisan transportation bill to fix New Hampshire’s roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93, and reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.”

“Havenstein, on the other hand, is a failed CEO who drove defense contractor SAIC into a ditch. Now, Havenstein is pushing a Koch Brothers ‘plan’ that would do to New Hamsphire what he did to SAIC. No matter how many false and misleading attacks Havenstein launches, he won’t be able to hide his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC and his Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt New Hampshire’s families, businesses and economy,” added Lesswing.

See below for a transcription of the exchange:

Moderator: But I’m going to push on that a little bit more. She had Medicaid Expansion…

Havenstein: Medicaid Expansion…

Moderator: … which was bipartisan in it’s passage from the… it was absolutely bipartisan when it came out.

Havenstein: You have… everything has to be bipartisan if it gets signed. Right? At some point. But be very careful…

Moderator: But what you’re saying is that toxic partisanship means that she doesn’t work at all with Republicans. That’s how I define ‘toxic partisanship’. It’s that she will not work with Republicans. She passed Medicaid Expansion. She got the gas tax increase, which was actually led by a Republican State Senator.  When you look at these state Supreme Court decisions against the hospital, or in favor of the hospitals…

Havenstein: You mean the MET?

Moderator: Yep, on the MET. She was able to bring all but one hospital in the state together, and many of the CEOs of those hospitals are ardent Republicans themselves. I think there are some good examples where she can credibly say, ‘I have been bipartisan in my leadership’.”

Havenstein: Okay…

Moderator: Alright [laughs].

Havenstein: We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

Hassan Campaign Statement on Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Dishonest and Misleading Ad

MANCHESTER–Hassan Campaign Manager Marc Goldberg issued the following statement regarding failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s dishonest and misleading ad:

“This dishonest and misleading ad is the height of desperation from failed CEO Walt Havenstein. Given Havenstein’s record of bad management and his Koch Brothers agenda, it’s clear that Granite Staters can’t afford to give him a single term to take New Hampshire backward.”

“Governor Maggie Hassan has worked across party lines to make the tough decisions to responsibly balance the budget without a sales or income tax, and she would veto one if it reached her desk – period. In stark contrast to the gridlock in Washington, D.C., Governor Hassan has proven that she knows how to bring people together to get real results for New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy.”

“Under Havenstein’s watch, SAIC shed thousands of jobs, overcharged taxpayers for a project meant to train first responders, and on another taxpayer-funded project, SAIC went $500 million over budget due to massive fraud. And he still has no answers for the $90 million hole he’d blow in the budget to give tax breaks to big, out-of-state corporations at the expense of New Hampshire’s middle class families and small businesses.”

“Granite Staters continue to support Governor Hassan because she fights for the priorities of New Hampshire’s small businesses and middle class families, while Havenstein puts his own interests and Koch Brothers agenda first, no matter who gets hurt.”

BACKGROUND

Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Budget Passed “Nearly Unanimously,” Contained “No Tax or Fee Hikes”

“A nearly unanimous Legislature yesterday approved a bipartisan, $10.7 billion state budget for the next two years that contains no tax or fee hikes” [Concord Monitor, June 26, 2013]

Havenstein’s False Attack Ignores that Agencies Are Required By Law to Submit a Budget that “Incorporates New Costs Such As Additional Personnel or New Legislatively Mandated Programs”

“The agencies traditionally submit “wish lists” to the governor by Oct. 1, and then the governor trims the requests before presenting his or her budget proposal in February. […] By law, state agencies have to submit both a maintenance budget that includes the cost of existing services going forward and a budget that incorporates new costs such as additional personnel or new legislatively mandated programs or technology.” [Union Leader, October 14, 2014]

Governor Hassan Told Agencies Their Budget Requests Are Non-Starters, Already Instructed Agencies to Submit Lower Proposals

“Hassan noted the budget uncertainty in her letter to the department heads and directed them to submit proposals to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reexamine whether contracted services are cost-effective. […] Hassan told agency heads not to include ‘automatic inflation factors’ in their budget proposals and to decide first if the spending is necessary and second how to reduce costs through efficiencies and innovation. She wants department heads to submit proposals for each division that would reduce costs through greater efficiencies and innovation by Dec. 1. Hassan also will require agencies to submit proposals that limit fiscal year 2016 spending to 2015 levels with a 3-percent increase in fiscal year 2017.” [Union Leader, August 7, 2014]

Hassan Campaign Launches New TV Ad Highlighting Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Record of Bad Management

Screen shot 2014-10-17 at 8.29.17 PMUnder Havenstein’s Watch, SAIC Overcharged Taxpayers for a Project Meant to Train First Responders; On Another Taxpayer-Funded Project, SAIC Went $500 Million Over Budget Due to Massive Fraud

MANCHESTER—Governor Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign launched a new television ad, “Massive,” highlighting failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s record of bad management. Under Havenstein’s watch, SAIC overcharged taxpayers for a project meant to train first responders, and on another taxpayer-funded project, SAIC went $500 million over budget due to massive fraud.

“Granite Staters face a clear choice between Governor Hassan’s record of bipartisan leadership that’s building an innovation economy for the future, and failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s record of bad management that ran SAIC into a ditch,” said Hassan Campaign Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Voters deserve to know the facts about what happened under failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s watch at SAIC, and that includes wasteful spending and massive fraud that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Not to mention that Havenstein implemented a failed strategy, the company shed thousands of jobs, and it’s stock value plummeted over 30 percent.”

“Governor Hassan has worked across party lines to responsibly balance the budget without a sales or income tax and put New Hampshire’s economy back on the right track. Granite Staters can’t afford to let Havenstein do to the state what he did to SAIC,” said Jacobs.

Havenstein’s record of bad management includes failing to stop “systemic fraud” that “cheated the government out of millions of dollars” in taxpayer money for a project meant to train emergency personnel to respond to a terrorist attack. The AP reported that the scheme was “well-known among high-level executives.”

On another taxpayer-funded project, the company went $500 million over budget due to massive fraud that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Havenstein has attempted to duck responsibility for his bad management, even though he waited until after federal prosecutors announced charges before holding anyone at SAIC accountable.

To watch the ad, click HERE.

More Trouble For Walt Havenstein As CEO Of SAIC

As Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Addresses Law Enforcement Officials, He Still Hasn’t Come Clean on His Conflicting Stories About His Role in SAIC Scheme that Overcharged Taxpayers Millions to Train First Responders   

Havenstein Initially Said He “Held Those Responsible Accountable and Resolved the Problem,” But Only Hours Later Claimed He “Never Knew About It While There”


Manchester, NH — As failed CEO Walt Havenstein addresses law enforcement officials, he still hasn’t come clean on his conflicting stories about his role in an SAIC scheme that overcharged taxpayers millions to train first responders.

Recently, Havenstein came under fire after revelations surfaced that under his watch as CEO of SAIC he failed to stop a fraudulent scheme that overcharged taxpayers millions of dollars to train first responders. While Havenstein first declared that he “held those responsible accountable and resolved the problem,” hours later he claimed he “never knew about it while there.” Neither explanation is convincing given that the scheme happened throughout Havenstein’s tenure at SAIC, and was reportedly “well-known among high-level executives” according to a whistleblower.

“As Havenstein addresses law enforcement officials today, he still owes New Hampshire’s law enforcement community and all Granite Staters answers about his conflicting stories on his role as CEO in an SAIC scheme that overcharged taxpayers millions to train first responders,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Havenstein needs to stop offering tortured excuses and level with Granite Staters about his failed leadership and mismanagement as CEO of SAIC, where he implemented a failed strategy, the company shed 5,000 jobs, its stock value plummeted over 30% and he failed to stop a scheme that wasted millions of taxpayers dollars. Granite Staters can’t afford to let Havensetein drive the state into a ditch, just like he did to SAIC.”

Havenstein’s campaign also revealed in its contradictory pushback that Havenstein failed to stop the massive fraud and overcharging of taxpayers under his watch because he couldn’t keep track of all the contracts at SAIC. The Havenstein campaign admitted, “SAIC had roughly 10,000 contracts and Havenstein left the company months before the federal lawsuit became public and never knew about it while there.”

BACKGROUND

SAIC Fraud in the New Mexico First Responder Training Program

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Received Six Federal Grants to Train Emergency Personnel to Respond to Terrorist Attacks; Awarded Subgrants to SAIC
“Between 2002 and 2012, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) received six federal grants from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to train first responder personnel to prevent and respond to terrorism events involving explosive devices. New Mexico Tech awarded subgrants to SAIC to provide course management, development, and instruction. The United States alleged that SAIC’s cost proposals falsely represented that SAIC would use far more expensive personnel to carry out its efforts than it intended to use and actually did use, resulting in inflated charges to the United States.” [DOJ Press Release, June 13, 2013]

Former SAIC Project Manager Filed Whistleblower Lawsuit in February 2012
“According to the original lawsuit, filed by SAIC’s former project manager for the program, Richard Priem, SAIC charged the government costs associated with full-time employees who received fringe benefits to conduct the training, but actually used cheaper, part-time employees who received few benefits. […] The whistle-blower lawsuit was filed in February 2012 in the U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., where Priem resides, but was kept under seal as is required by the False Claims Act. The court lifted the seal once the parties reached a settlement, under which SAIC will pay $11.75 million as well as $200,000 in attorneys’ fees for Priem.” [Washington Business Journal, June 13, 2013]

Whistleblower Attests that SAIC “Cheated the Government Out of Millions of Dollars” Under First Responder Training Program
“The lawsuit brought by Phillips and Cohen LLP on behalf of an unidentified client, alleged that SAIC had “cheated the government out of millions of dollars” under a training program that was part of the government’s Weapons of Mass Destruction First Responder Program.” [UPI, June 13, 2013]

Scheme Was “Well-Known Among High-Level Executives”
“Global defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle a federal civil claim alleging it overbilled the government for homeland security training programs under a more than decade-long scheme that was well-known among high-level executives.” [AP, June 13, 2013]

SAIC Agreed to Pay $11.75 Million to Settle Claims it Overbilled The Government to Train Emergency Personnel to Respond to Terrorist Attacks
“The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales of the District of New Mexico announced today that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has paid $11.75 million to settle allegations filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico that it violated the False Claims Act by charging inflated prices under grants to train first responder personnel to prevent and respond to terrorism attacks.” [DOJ Press Release, June 13, 2013]

Havenstein’s Failed Strategy as CEO of SAIC

“THE COMPANY STRUGGLED UNDER [HAVENSTEIN’S] STRATEGY, WATCHING ITS PROFIT AND REVENUE DECLINE”
“SAIC was historically known as one of the most entrepreneurial of contractors. Founded by a physicist who led the business for more than three decades, SAIC’s units operated autonomously, and managers were encouraged to pursue their own work. But Walter P. Havenstein, the previous chief executive, moved the company toward a more integrated approach, arguing that the government’s focus on large contracting programs favored companies that could deploy a wide range of skills. The company struggled under the strategy, watching its profit and revenue decline.” (Washington Post, August 30, 2012)

“THERE’S LITTLE TO DISPUTE THE COMPANY’S STOCK AND JOB LOSS PERFORMANCE”
“There’s little to dispute the company’s stock and job loss performance. Government records confirm that when Havenstein started at the company, SAIC had 46,200 employees. The workforce was down to 41,100 in 2012. Likewise, according to Wall Street reports, the stock price was $71.32 a share when Havenstein took over on Sept. 21, 2009. On Havenstein’s last day on the job, the stock was worth $48.64.” (Nashua Telegraph, June 11, 2014)

Walt Havenstein’s Campaign Full Of Controversy And Has A Record of Failed Leadership

The battle lines for the corner office are now official. Walt Havenstein was overwhelmingly selected as the GOP candidate for Governor of New Hampshire.

Lets start with a few facts about Walt:

  • Walt is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and served in the US Marines and Marine Corp reserves for a combined 28 years.
  • Walt was the CEO of BAE System, a government defense contractor.
  • Walt was also CEO of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), a science, engineering, and technology firm that worked closely with federal agencies like the NSA, the DOD, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Isn’t it strange that the same man – who has made massive amounts of wealth working for and contracting with the federal government – is now going around saying we need “limited government” and “fiscal responsibility”?

So far, that fundamental inconsistency hasn’t been discussed much. Havenstein’s background and campaign is too full of other controversies.

There were questions about Havenstein’s residency and eligibility to run for Governor of New Hampshire.

After retiring from BAE, Havenstien became the CEO of SAIC, based in Maryland. Havenstein moved to Maryland where he owned a home and used tax exemptions that are only available to Maryland residents. After deciding to run for office in New Hampshire, Havenstein fought to prove his eligibility with the NH Ballot Law Commission; and they sided with Havenstein. However, after Havenstein’s residency was confirmed by the State of New Hampshire, the State of Maryland came after Havenstein for tax fraud.

“Havenstein will be billed for several years of back taxes after officials in Maryland said he accepted tax breaks he shouldn’t have. In 2007, Havenstein signed a pair of affidavits pledging that his primary residence at the time was in Maryland, and for four years, he received tax credits known as the homestead exemption. But upon entering the race for governor, Havenstein asserted that he has always lived in New Hampshire, and the state Ballot Law Commission ruled in his favor. Revenue officials in Maryland told News 9 that Havenstein shouldn’t have accepted benefits in that state.” [WMUR, August 20, 2014]

Then there is Havenstein’s “economic plan” to spur growth and create 25,000 new jobs.

“My economic plan commits the state to helping create 25,000 jobs over 2.5 years by changing the culture in Concord to focus on the private sector. That’s the same approach I successfully took at BAE Systems, where we created 1,500 new high-tech jobs right here in New Hampshire” (Union Leader Op-Ed, Sept 3, 2014)

The funny thing is that Havenstein is trying to tap into the current economic growth that Governor Hassan spurred. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between June 2013 and June 2014, New Hampshire created over 10,000 new jobs. Included in the 10,000 new jobs are 2,500 new jobs in the hospitality and leisure industry – strong signs that the New Hampshire economy is already rebounding.   The BLS also shows an increase of over 1,000 new jobs in manufacturing, which would be the closest calculator for “high tech” jobs in New Hampshire.

As CEO of BAE Systems, Havenstien did create jobs but he did it by using our tax dollars. In 2008, BAE was the 5th largest contractor with the federal government receiving over $15.2 Billion dollars. This is more than have of their 2008 revenue, and this does not include the revenue from the governments of the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Havenstein is attempting to portray himself as a leader by citing his work as the CEO of two massive corporations. What Havenstein is neglecting to tell you is that as the CEO of SAIC, Havenstein collected his $20 million dollar salary while the company shed thousands of jobs and the company’s stock plummeted 32%.

SAIC has had other problems, too. In Oakland, California SAIC came under fire for being selected to design a city-wide “surveillance hub” that some said would infringe on their civil liberties and violate their rights to privacy. Civil liberty issues aside, the people of Oakland took issue with SAIC being selected to design this “surveillance hub” due to the company’s history.

“In recent years, SAIC has been accused of defrauding municipal governments, bribing foreign officials, and delivering shoddy products. And when the company does deliver the goods at cost and on time, it’s often for militarized projects linked to human rights abuses. Among SAIC’s recent contracts: training the Egyptian military, operating drones used to kill foreign citizens, building and operating portions of the NSA’s internet spying system used on Americans, and more.” (East Bay Express, Aug. 2013)

What the East Bay Express was referring to: in 2011, SAIC was forced to remove three high-level executives for work relating to New York City’s “CityTime” employment timekeeping system.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has alleged that “a massive and elaborate scheme to defraud the city” corrupted the program, and it charged Gerard Denault, SAIC’s lead project manager on the program, with receiving at least $5 million in illegal kickbacks.” (Washington Post Oct. 2011)

The project was an attempt for the City of New York to move municipal employees from paper punch cards to new digital palm scanners.

“The project’s initial budget was $68 million. But after SAIC acquired the company that had won the competitive bidding process for the work, CityTime’s cost mushroomed to more than $740 million in ten years.” (East Bay Express, Aug. 2013)

U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara said, “virtually the entirety of the more than $600 million that was paid to SAIC was tainted directly or indirectly by fraud.” (NY Daily News, June 2011)

NYC Mayor Bloomberg called for SAIC to refund $600 million dollars to the city.

And just before SAIC agreed to pay a $500 million settlement to NYC, Havenstein announced that he would be retiring for “personal reasons”.

At least Havenstein knows when to jump off the sinking ship.

The Washington Post was very critical of Havenstein and his leadership of SAIC.

“The company struggled under the strategy, watching its profit and revenue decline.” (Washington Post, Aug. 2012)

What’s next for a failed CEO? Politics, of course!

The people of New Hampshire should look closely at Havenstein’s record of failed leadership.   Havenstein is not what we need in the corner office. We do not need a Governor who is good at padding his bank account while others get shafted.

Havenstein has already stated that he will repeal the bi-partisan Medicaid Expansion bill that opened access to healthcare for 50,000 Granite Staters. I wonder how Walt would feel if we took away his healthcare?

Havenstein is also vehemently opposed to raising the minimum wage.

“I’m not in favor of raising the minimum wage because, I’m not in favor of raising the minimum wage, period.” [Havenstein Interview with WBKB, 15:03 min]

Havenstein does not know what it is like to be one of the tens of thousands of struggling middle class Granite Staters. With millions in his pockets, he has never had to choose whether to buy food or pay the heating bill. The fact that he would not even consider an increase in the minimum wage shows just how out of touch Havenstein is with real Granite Staters.

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