The largest New Hampshire corporate donor to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is her husband’s lobbying and law firm, Gotnews.com has learned.
The left-wing firm of Shaheen & Gordon has undermined New Hampshire’s new voter ID law and even received an award from the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union for its efforts.
The firm has also politicized the shooting at the University of California-Santa Barbara & called for anti-gun legislation. It also represented child molesters and slave holders.
Despite these controversial positions, the trial lawyer firm has donated to both of her campaigns for the U.S. Senate: $22,050 (2008) and $24,100 (2014).
Shaheen & Gordon was founded by Jeanne Shaheen’s husband, William, who is the other half of the left-wing political power couple. Shaheen owns a third of the company he founded with former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Steven M. Gordon.
While William Shaheen has claimed that he makes no money from political work, the truth is that he does.
“ While it’s true that my visibility helps our law firm, we don’t make money from my political work,” Shaheen said. “I serve when I am asked, whether it’s Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, John Lynch, Maggie Hassan, Annie Kuster or Carol Shea-Porter. Whoever needs me the most and wants my help, I am happy to do it for free. I’ve received a lot of benefits living in New Hampshire and enjoy giving back.”
But the Boston Globe pointed out Shaheen’s conflicts of interests in a June 2014 article. “The firm, Shaheen & Gordon, has a government relations arm and set up a ‘stimulus opportunities team’ in 2009 to help clients grab a share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed that year to help jump-start the economy,” the Boston Globe reported.
William and Jeanne Shaheen were huge supporters for Jimmy Carter.
“We had $100 in our checking account and, when Watergate started to break, I told my wife to give $50 of it to George McGovern, although we didn’t like him at all,” recalls Shaheen. “Watergate was morally wrong and Carter is a moral, religious man who will correct the things that went wrong.” (Sandra Salmans, Newsweek, July 19, 1976).
Though allegiance to Carter made working for Mondale a possibility in 1984, Jeanne Shaheen said Carter’s loss in 1980 ruled that out. “One of the things I feel really strongly, having been as much a part of the ’80 campaign, is that people rejected not just Jimmy Carter, they rejected all those Democratic programs that I had been so committed to,” she said. (Joe Magruder, “Hart Win in N.H. Third Straight for His State Campaign Manager,” The Associated Press, March 1, 1984).
The firm is made up of the movers and shaker of New Hampshire politics but William was fired in 2007 from the Clinton campaign for saying that Barack Obama was a drug pusher.