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New Hampshire

October 26, 2012

Bass gets most money from PACs

Individuals contribute more to Kuster, Guinta, Shea-Porter


Shea-Porter campaign manager Naomi Andrews said Shea-Porter does not accept corporate PAC money or donations from Washington lobbyists.

“Congressman Frank Guinta has been rewarded for his votes against the individual citizens of New Hampshire,” Naomi Andrews. “From Exxon Mobil, who he thinks should get either subsidies or free leases on public lands, to Citizens United to the Koch brothers, Congressman Frank Guinta has served these groups well.”

Shea-Porter has said no to corporate money because she believes corporations should invest in jobs, not politicians, Andrews said.

Guinta campaign spokesman Derek Dufresne said Shea-Porter is getting help from outside special interests and Super PACs – which don’t directly contribute to candidates but spend for ads to support them – to distort Guinta’s positions.

“However, as seen in the latest polls and from what we are seeing in our strong volunteer door-knocking and phone-calling operations, momentum is on our side as Granite Staters are well informed and can certainly see through her untrue attacks,” Dufresne said.

The small balance of funding reported by the candidates in both races came from their political parties or other sources.

Most of the PAC money flowing to Shea-Porter and Kuster comes from labor unions and women’s groups.

Bass has what amounts to a portfolio of contributions from some of the biggest companies on Wall Street including Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, Time Warner, Verizon, McDonald’s, Corning, Chevron and AT&T.

He also is backed by defense contractors such as Haliburton and health-care interests including hospitals, insurers and occupational therapists.

Bass also has contributions from the Environmental Defense Action Fund and the Realtors lobby. The Poker Players Alliance also has placed a bet on Bass’s re-election campaign.

Guinta’s PAC contributors included the billionaire Koch brothers, the National Rifle Association and many corporate, financial and health-care interests such as bankers, railroads, automobile dealers, the gas industry, insurers, the Miller Coors brewers and dentists.

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