Concord - After months of railing against outside money, an increasingly nervous Jeanne Shaheen is now openly coordinating with Senator Harry Reid's SuperPAC on ads supporting her flailing campaign. It is illegal for campaigns to coordinate messaging with SuperPACs and Shaheen's desperate move raises serious ethical and legal questions.
"Jeanne Shaheen has spent months attacking outside money, but now she is sending thinly veiled smoke signals to Harry Reid begging for help from his outside money SuperPAC. This is another example of the shameless hypocrisy that Granite Staters have unfortunately come to expect from dishonest Washington politicians like Jeanne Shaheen," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Additionally, Shaheen's blatant attempt to coordinate with an outside SuperPAC is potentially illegal and raises serious ethical questions about her campaign."
Yesterday the Shaheen campaign posted dishonest talking points targeting a New Hampshire Republican senate candidate. Under the headline, "An important messages for New Hampshire," the Shaheen campaign also posted a script for an attack ad and a link to stock images of Senator Shaheen.
"Kinda, sorta looks like Jeanne Shaheen's campaign posted script for a 30-second ad to its site. Who will run the ad?" tweeted Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake.
Washington Democrats, who are barred for coordinating with SuperPACs, telegraph information that they want included in Reid's Senate Majority PAC ads using that same "important message" code wording that Shaheen used.
On April 11th, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter tweeted "Impt msg for NC voters," followed by a link to dishonest talking points attacking a Republican candidate challenging North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan. On April 15th, the Washington Post reported that Senate Majority PAC released an ad parroting the dishonest talking points.
On April 7th, DSCC Press Secretary Justin Barasky tweeted "IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ARKANSANS" followed by dishonest talking points targeting Congressman and Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton. On April 16th Senate Majority PAC released an ad that mirrored the "important message" communicated by the DSCC.