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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown's new PAC cuts $10K check to NHGOP

By John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter
November 01. 2013 1:39PM

FRIDAY, NOV. 1. A BIG BROWN DONATION. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown continues to make political news in the Granite State this week.

With appearances on tap tomorrow in Strafford County and Amherst, Republican Brown has already caught the attention of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her fellow Democrats.

Now we've learned that Brown is doing even more to help the GOP here.

He's written a $10,000 check to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee from the new Granite State version of his political action committee, "The People's Seat."

Brown now joins Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a possible presidential hopeful, at the "Chairman's Circle" donation level.

"Senator Brown is an outstanding leader and a strong voice for fiscally responsible policies," said party chair Jennifer Horn. "We appreciate his generous contribution and thank him for his continued efforts to support New Hampshire Republicans."

Brown, of course, has not ruled out establishing residency in the state and running against for the U.S. Senate seat held by Shaheen. He has family in New Hampshire, including his sister, Lee Ann Riley of Portsmouth, who is the treasurer of his PAC.

He appeared earlier this week in Nashua and is also scheduled to appear at a fund-raiser for former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta in Portsmouth on Nov. 14 (see item below.)

Shaheen's campaign this week sent out three fund-raising emails critical of Brown and implying that he is planning to run for the Senate seat.

State Democratic Party spokesman Raymond Buckley immediately responded to our report of Brown's donation with an email to supporters seeking "$10 or more" to counter it.

"Today, Scott Brown helicoptered into New Hampshire politics once again - this time writing a $10,000 check to the New Hampshire Republican Party," he wrote.

Buckley, like Shaheen's campaign, tied Brown to the Tea Party and national conservative donors the Koch brothers, saying Brown "stood up to protect Wall Street over middle-class families so often that he was called one of 'Wall Street's favorite Congressmen.'"

(Earlier Granite Status reports follow and can be seen elsewhere on this page or by clicking on "Granite Status" above.)

THURSDAY, OCT. 31: HOSTING BROWN, GUINTA. An influential group of Seacoast Republican business executives, donors and activists are hosting a fundraiser for former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, featuring former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, on Nov. 14.

The fundraiser, priced at $250 to $500-a-person, will be held at the home of Zachary and Nancy Slater in Portsmouth.

Other hosts are former state Senate President Bill Bartlett, Zachary Gregg, who is the nephew of former Sen. and Gov. Judd Gregg, businessman Jim Boyle, restaurateur John Tinios, attorney John Lyons and activists/business people Christopher Ayer, Christian Callahan, Russell Cox, Robert Gray, Joe Guyton, Daniel and Renee Plummer, Max and Andrea Pruna, state Rep. Pam and John Tucker, and David and Dana Patten.

Guinta, the former Manchester mayor, is making his third run for the 1st District U.S. House seat now held by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. He defeated Shea-Porter in 2010 before losing to her in 2012.

He is facing a GOP primary from former University of New Hampshire business school dean Dan Innis, who resides and owns a business in Portsmouth.

(See earlier Granite Status reports, including the latest on Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Charlie Bass elsewhere on this page or by clicking on "Granite Status" above.)

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