N.H. attorney general’s office warns 73 political campaigns over filing errors

  • Gov. Chris Sununu files for re-election in mid-June. Paul Steinhauser / For the Mpnitor

Monitor staff
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has sent warning letters to 73 political campaigns throughout New Hampshire over errors in their campaign finance reports, according to the office, in a new display of force for a department ramping up its scrutiny of state election law.

Sent June 28, the letters come after a detailed investigation of the state finance reports, submitted to the secretary of state’s office June 20.

The violations range from failing to include donors’ identifying information to leaving out details on which elections the donations were for. And the accused violators themselves span the ideological spectrum, including Democratic and Republican senators, county parties, and gubernatorial election committees.

The committee for Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, for example received a letter for failing to alphabetize its donor list and specify for which election the funds were intended. “Friends of Feltes,” the campaign arm for Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, is also accuse of not alphabetizing, and of not including the city or town of the principal place of business for those donating more than $100.

The gubernatorial campaigns for Gov. Chris Sununu and Steve Marchand also submitted faulty paperwork that failed to list places of business, among other errors, the AG’s office said.

The letters require that the campaigns correct their files and resubmit them – either electronically or by paper – within seven days of June 28. It was not immediately clear how many have since done so.

(Ethan DeWitt can be reached at edewitt@cmonitor.com, or on Twitter at @edewittNH.)