Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kelly Ayotte wants New Hampshire voters to believe that she's a crusader for honest government against special interests. She declares on her web site that "In Washington, backroom deals have become the norm and legislators trading favors for votes has become common place."
In Washington D.C. tonight, however, Ayotte will be meeting with some of the most powerful lobbyists in the whole country - and taking money from them. How does that not fit in the category of backroom deals?
Ayotte's own campaign web site doesn't say anything at all about this fundraiser. It's as if she doesn't want New Hampshire voters to know it's happening, much less to show up. Most New Hampshire voters couldn't attend Ayotte's private party tonight anyway. It costs big bucks to gain admittance to Ayotte's presence. No party crashing citizens allowed.
What are they going to be talking about at tonight's reception for the Ayotte for Senate campaign? The specifics are purely backroom business, but we can observe that, out of the 9 lobbyists (and 1 campaign consultant) who paid to be "hosts" of this event, 3 represent the pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer, which has a very particular interest in the outcome of health care reform legislation.
Another curious fact is that 2 out of these 9 sponsoring lobbyists represent finance firms working in the Cayman Islands. When people speak of offshore accounts used to evade paying taxes or to launder money, it's operations like these in the Cayman Islands that they're talking about.
Why is Kelly Ayotte taking money from lobbyists working for these Cayman Island firms? New Hampshire voters deserve an explanation, and a full accounting for what's really going on with this ethically-questionable fundraising party in Washington D.C. tonight.