To The Daily Sun,
I moved to New Hampshire in 1970 as a 20-something, drawn by, among other things, the state's Yankee independence and commitment to self-determination. Home rule was an important principle that allowed local communities a voice in decisions that affected them.
Now I look at a Senator, Kelly Ayotte, who is financed to a huge extent by out-of-state interests, and who not surprisingly votes their interests, not necessarily ours.
Kelly Ayotte's campaign has been bolstered by ads costing over $3.4 million from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of corporate out-sourcers. Not surprisingly, in July 2012, she voted against the Bring Jobs Home Act which would end tax breaks for out-sourcers and incentivize companies to bring overseas jobs back to the U.S. At the same time, she voted to block the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act which would have provided tax breaks for small businesses that add to their payrolls. Is this New Hampshire taking care of New Hampshire?
Ayotte has taken over $2.5 million in campaign cash from large Wall Street financial interests. Not surprisingly, she voted for a Wall Street supported amendment attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, allowing Republicans to slash the bureau's funding. And she voted to protect taxpayer subsidies for corporate bonuses for Wall Street CEO's. What about us, the consumers, her constituents?
Kelly Ayotte's campaign has also received over $1.2 million from Americans For Prosperity, the Koch Brothers' main political arm. Additionally, Koch family members and their PAC have contributed $50,000 directly to Ayotte's Senate campaign. Last time I checked, the Kochs didn't live in New Hampshire, but Ayotte votes their way.
Personally, when I vote this Nov. 8, I'll be looking to elect New Hampshire representatives who will look after New Hampshire interests.
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