Bill targets spending in NH secretary of state elections
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are seeking to bar candidates for secretary of state and treasurer from forming political committees.
The proposal is backed by Democratic Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who won a 22nd term as the state’s top election official in December. The bill was prompted by the fundraising of Democratic challenger Colin Van Ostern, who managed to raise $225,000 in his effort to unseat Gardner.
Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan tells lawmakers his choice to join this debate might seem self-serving, but he thinks it is crucial to ensure future secretary of state races don’t involve big money.
Currently, Maine is the only state that bars secretary of state candidates from forming political committees.