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Shaheen, at event for military veterans, calls again on Brown to limit outside spending

  • U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen claps after a speaker during the luncheon at UNH Law in Concord with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen for the announcement of a fellowship program for veterans on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen claps after a speaker during the luncheon at UNH Law in Concord with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen for the announcement of a fellowship program for veterans on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks during a luncheon at UNH Law in Concord with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen for the announcement of a fellowship program for veterans Wednesday, March 19, 2014.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks during a luncheon at UNH Law in Concord with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen for the announcement of a fellowship program for veterans Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen claps after a speaker during the luncheon at UNH Law in Concord with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen for the announcement of a fellowship program for veterans on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks during a luncheon at UNH Law in Concord with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen for the announcement of a fellowship program for veterans Wednesday, March 19, 2014.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has an image to distribute this week among New Hampshire voters: Scott Brown, friend of Wall Street, ally of the oil and gas industry, willing recipient of outside campaign spending.

For the second-straight day, Shaheen sharply criticized the Republican and former Massachusetts U.S. senator for refusing to sign an agreement that would limit ads paid for by special interest groups, a pact similar to one he signed in an ultimately unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.

Speaking yesterday after an appearance at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, Shaheen said the People’s Pledge – in which candidates who benefit from the ads contribute half their cost to a charity of the opponent’s choosing – would help keep the race about issues most relevant to the state’s voters.

“I think what we saw in (the Massachusetts) race was that pledge really did work to limit outside money,” Shaheen said. “It really did work to limit negative advertising. It really did work to hold candidates accountable for what they had to say and for the attacks they made.”

“I would hope Scott Brown would feel the same way about the voters of New Hampshire that he did about the voters of Massachusetts,” she said.

The remarks came less than a week after Brown announced he was forming an exploratory committee for a U.S. Senate run in New Hampshire. Shaheen, a Democrat and former New Hampshire governor, has held the seat since 2009.

Her appearance was for the new Robert J. Dole fellowship program, which will help military veterans attend the law school in exchange for a three-year commitment to providing legal assistance to fellow veterans. The program, a collaboration between the former Kansas senator and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, aims to raise a $2 million endowment.

Shaheen praised the initiative and said its impact would be widespread.

“This program will really make a meaningful difference in not only the lives of the veterans returning home who receive this fellowship, but also so many other veterans who are going to benefit from the work of the veterans who get the scholarship,” she said.

The event included a keynote by Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mullen, who retired in 2011, said returning veterans often face daunting legal hurdles, such as benefit claims, and that the issue “gets a little bit lost” in the public.

“So this initiative will pay off, I think, in ways that are hard to understand,” he said.

Mullen said helping veterans transition back to civilian life is a critical endeavor, as many are returning home without adequate assistance to find employment and other services.

“They’re coming home at about a thousand a day, and we’re hiring about a hundred a day,” he said.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

Legacy Comments6

That anti Shaheen by Crossroads is really full of lies. They don't mention the reason ten hospitals aren't included is because the Republicans opted out of getting our own exchanges and expanding Medicaid.

to bad the facts don't match your rhetoric

Really Sen. you show up for events to act like you care for Veterans all the while you voted to take away benefits for Veterans and make them pay for health care. All you are doing is trying to take focus off of your pathetic support of Obama Care. You are everything that is wrong with Washington. I am not saying Scott Brown is the answer either, but you have to go.

Sgt., are you referring to Shaheen voting in favor of the GOP Congress budget which cut these benefits? Why neglect mentioning that while she did vote for the budget (the only budget Congress managed to put through) she also introduced a bill shorty after that restored the cuts to a Veterans benefits? I don't see you mentioning this. Why not?

democrats in the senate killed it

You are woefully incorrect in this post,. Jeanne shaheen, ann kuster and carol Shea-porter all voted to cut pensions and benefits to military veterans during the last budget. It was extremely dishonest state otherwise. Kelly Ayotte was the only nh federal legislator to vote against the budget that included the cuts.

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