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Release: CSNH files RTK Request with Hassan's office

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(July 8, 2015) -  Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is filing a Right to Know request with Governor Maggie Hassan's office today. We are requesting all correspondences to/from the governor and/or her staff between the dates of January 3, 2013 (her first inauguration) and July 8, 2015. We are also requesting all information pertaining to her taxpayer-funded travel between those dates.


In recent months, Governor Hassan has appeared to use budget negotiations and her vetoes to further her political career at the expense of her constituents. News pertaining to conversations between Governor Hassan and US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid have also raised concerns regarding her use of the corner office, and taxpayer-funded resources, to further her future political ambitions. Thus, Granite Staters deserve to the ability to ensure that none of their money has never been inappropriately used for political gain.


To expedite the most pertinent information, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has asked for Governor Hassan's office to make the first item on the list outlined below a priority, however, we expect her office to comply with all of our requests in a timely manner.


In the past, Governor Hassan has refused to comply with any of our Right to Know requests (documentation of her refusal can be provided upon request). If she refuses again, we call on her to explain to the news media what she is hiding and why Granite Staters do not deserve the ability to ensure their tax dollars are not being used inappropriately. 


Here is the text of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's Right to Know request:


Derek Dufresne

General Consultant

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire
373 S. Willow St, PMB #105

Manchester, NH 03103


July 8, 2015

Governor Maggie Hassan

Office of the Governor

State House

107 North Main Street

Concord, NH 03301


Brian Nelson Burford

Director, State Archivist

Division of Archives and Records Management

71 South Fruit St.

Concord, NH 03301


William Gardner

Secretary of State

State House

107 N. Main St

Concord, NH 03301   


Governor Hassan,


Under the New Hampshire Right to Know Law, R.S.A. 91 Ch. 01-A et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of all public records that relate to Governor Maggie Hassan's emails, office costs, and staff costs between the dates of January 3, 2013 and July 8, 2015.


Specifically we would like the following information:

  • Any and all email correspondences, phone records, and/or fax records between Governor Maggie Hassan and/or her staff and Senator Harry Reid and/or his staff and/or anyone employed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
  • Any and all email correspondences from or to the Governor and/or any staff employed by the Office of the Governor between the dates of July 3, 2013 and July 8, 2015.
  • Any calendars or records for the Governor's official and unofficial travel schedule between these dates;
  • Any records of the travel for the protective detail assigned to the Governor between these dates;
  • Any receipts or invoices submitted for official travel for the Governor or anyone employed by the Office of the Governor between these dates;


If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public's understanding.


The New Hampshire Right to Know Law requires a response time of five business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records. Considering the time it will take to compile all correspondences, we would ask for compliance with item one in the aforementioned requests.If you deny any or all of these requests, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. 


Thank you for considering my request. 



Derek Dufresne

General Consultant, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire

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