NHGOP SUES HASSAN OVER PUBLIC RECORDS COVER UP
Retains Chuck Douglas To Represent NHGOP In Lawsuit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/24/2016
PRESS CONTACT: Ross Berry, Press@nhgop.org
Concord – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Chair Jennifer Horn today announced that the State Committee is suing Governor Maggie Hassan over her administration’s attempt to cover up scandals by stonewalling the release of public records. Horn announced that former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice and Congressman Chuck Douglas would be representing the party in the lawsuit.
At issue are Right-To-Know requests the NHGOP has made seeking information on several scandals plaguing Hassan, including the governor’s use of taxpayer dollars for her security detail when she attends out-of-state fundraisers and the apparent collusion and bid-rigging involving the recent Dartmouth-Hitchcock contract. The Hassan administration has repeatedly stonewalled the release of these public records, often missing its own self-imposed deadlines, and in some cases delaying their release until after the election. In addition, documents that have been released have been heavily and excessively redacted without any explanation, as is required by law.
“For months we have acted in good faith and filed Right-To-Know requests to access public documents that the taxpayers of NH have a right to see. In response Gov. Hassan has tried to stonewall, delay, and hide these records in an attempt to cover-up the scandals engulfing her administration. It is clear that she is trying to hide these records until after the election so as not to cripple her flailing campaign for the United States Senate,” said Horn. “Granite Staters have a right to know if the bidding process was rigged to benefit the governor’s campaign donors. They have a right to know how much money they are being forced to spend to fund the governors out-of-state travel to political fundraisers. And they have a right to see these records before the election.”