Release: Hassan's high dollar trip to the Big Apple was lucrative for her, but not for taxpayers
MANCHESTER - On March 10th and 11th of this year, Governor Maggie Hassan traveled to New York to raise a significant amount of money for her campaign for U.S. Senate. Research into her campaign FEC report by Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire now reveals that she brought in $70,450.00 in New York campaign contributions during this period (we defined "period" to include three days after the date Governor Hassan was in New York to allow for minimal follow up from the trip). A spreadsheet with information tallied from the FEC can be provided upon request.
Governor Hassan's March 10th and 11th "out-of-state political travel" to New York fell within a six-week fundraising swing that also included trips to Chicago, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. The Concord Monitor looked at the cost of the Governor's trips during that time period and confirmed with the Department of Safety that Governor Hassan's security detail cost New Hampshire taxpayers $42,000.00 in salaries and overtime for out-of-state travel.On Monday, our organization highlighted that during Governor Hassan's aforementioned trip to Chicago, her campaign raked in a whopping $46,500.00.
When Governor Hassan's $70,450.00 New York total is added to her $46,500.00 Chicago total, it is now clear that while New Hampshire taxpayers lost thousands of dollars, her campaign benefited to the tune of $116,950.00 with trips to these two states alone.The reality is that this number is just the beginning of how much money Governor Maggie Hassan raised for her campaign with the help of taxpayers' dollars.
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire stated:
"Governor Maggie Hassan might have been singing, 'New York, New York' as her campaign's coffers swelled thanks to her Big Apple swing, but Granite Staters certainly aren't humming along. Instead of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars going towards a new road or bridge, they have learned that it was used to help Maggie raise funds to cover more incessant television advertisements or to help pay for yet another round of flashy political mailers.
"It is now crystal clear that even when just Maggie Hassan's trips to Chicago and New York are considered during the six months reviewed, her campaign more than doubled the amount of money New Hampshire taxpayers paid for her security detail. And that's just the beginning. It is beyond time for our Governor to reimburse Granite Staters immediately."