Marsy’s Law for N.H. outspends opponents by a 5-to-1 ratio

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Published: 5/3/2018 3:23:30 PM

The organization that attempted to bring a constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law to New Hampshire spent $96,250 on lawyers, lobbyists and public relations firms this year, according to spending reports filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office.

The campaign to get victims’ rights included in the state Constitution mirrors efforts in other states across the county. Funded in large part by a California billionaire, Marsy’s Law for New Hampshire spent more than four times as much as its main opponent, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire.

Marsy’s Law for New Hampshire hired seven different firms in the state to help pass a constitutional amendment through the Legislature. Those groups have collectively been paid around $51,000 and are owed about $45,000.

The spending reports don’t detail other expenses, like the amount of money paid to Marsy’s Law for New Hampshire State Director Amanda Grady Sexton, who was a registered lobbyist for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, where she serves as the director of public affairs.

Meanwhile, the ACLU-NH paid some of its highest-ranking staffers – Executive Director Devon Chaffee, Legal Director Gilles Bissonnette and Policy Director Jeanne Hruska – a total of $8,039.42 for its lobbying efforts. It paid $12,000 to five additional lobbyists under former Republican state senator Robert Clegg’s lobbying firm, Legislative Solutions LLC.

The House killed efforts to advance Marsy’s Law this legislative session, also known as CACR 22, in a 284-51 vote last week, followed by a motion to indefinitely table the bill by Rep. Dan Easton, D-Stoddard. The measure needed the support of 235 of the state’s 391 representatives to advance and be placed on the November ballot for voters’ consideration. Advocates have vowed to continue the effort in years ahead.

The Marsy’s Law PAC must make its first filing for the 2018 election campaign in June.

Marsy’s Law lobbyists:

Dennehy & Bouley LLC (Jim Bouley, Mike Dennehy, Richard Bouley, Tyler Clark, Alex Koutcoubas)

Owed: $15,000

Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group (Bruce Berke, Erle Pierce, Henry Veilleux, Simon Thomson)

Owed: $15,000

Douglas Leonard & Garvey, P.C. (Charles Douglas, III)

Paid: $5,000, Owed: $5,000

J Grimbilas Strategic Solutions LLC (Jodi Grimbilas)

Paid: $15,000

Elevare Communications, LLC (Richard Killion)

Paid: $20,000, Owed: $10,000

The Spralding Group (Scott Spralding)

Owed: $1,250

Demer, Blaisdell & Prasolm (James Demers, Thomas Prasol

Owed: $10,000

Total spent: $96,250

Due, but not yet paid: $45,000

The opposition:

Legislative Solutions LLC (Robert Clegg, Debra Vanderbeek, Periklis Karoutas, Leann Moccia, Chris Herr)

Paid: $12,000


Gilles Bissonnette: $796.96

Devon Chaffee: $2,735.83

Jeanne Hruska: $4,506.63

Paid: $8,039.42

Total Paid: $19,439.42

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