WMUR Poll: Trouble For Shaheen & Obama In New Hampshire

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Is “Being Weighed Down By National Politics, Particularly The Declining Popularity Of President Obama.” “Shaheen has long been popular in New Hampshire, and she has led Brown throughout the spring and summer, but her campaign is being weighed down by national politics, particularly the declining popularity of President Obama.” (“The WMUR Granite State Poll,” The University Of New Hampshire Survey Center, 8/21/14)

Obama’s Approval Rating In New Hampshire Has Sunk To 37% Among Likely Voters, While 59% Disapprove Of His Job Performance. “Only 37% of likely voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president and Shaheen holds a 92% to 4% lead among this group, but Brown holds a 71% to 17% lead among the 59% of likely voters who disapprove of Obama.” (“The WMUR Granite State Poll,” The University Of New Hampshire Survey Center, 8/21/14)

  • WMUR’s Josh McElveen: Obama’s Approval Numbers “Now Sit At An All-Time Low In New Hampshire.” “Some could argue that Shaheen is being dragged down by President Obama’s approval numbers, which now sit at an all-time low in New Hampshire.” (WMUR, 8/21/14)

In One Month, Shaheen’s Net Favorability Rating Has Dropped 16 Points. “Shaheen’s net favorability rating, the percentage who have a favorable opinion of her minus the percentage who have an unfavorable opinion, is +12%, which is down from +28% in July.” (“The WMUR Granite State Poll,” The University Of New Hampshire Survey Center, 8/21/14)

  • Since July, Shaheen’s Favorability Has Declined By 9 Points, While Her Unfavorability Has Increased By 7 Points. (WMUR Granite State Poll, 827 A, MoE 3.4%, 8/7-17/14)

WMUR’s James Pindell: “This Will Go Down As One Of The Most Important Days Of This New Hampshire U.S. Senate Contest.” (Josh McElveen, “Poll Shows Brown Nearly Tied With Shaheen,” WMUR, 8/21/14)

Bluegrass Bus Discount

Kentucky Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes “Is Drawing Criticism For Receiving Discounted Services From Her Well-Connected Father.” “Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is drawing criticism for receiving discounted services from her well-connected father that may have violated a federal campaign finance law.” (Phillip M. Bailey, “Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father,” WFPL, 8/19/14)

  • WFPL Headline: “Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father.”(Phillip M. Bailey, “Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father,” WFPL, 8/19/14)
  • The Hill Headline: “Kentucky Democrat Grimes Under Fire For Father’s Help.” (Alexandra Jaffe, “Kentucky Democrat Grimes Under Fire For Father’s Help,” The Hill, 8/19/14)

Grimes Is Traversing Kentucky In A Shiny Campaign Bus Rented To Her From Her Father’s Company “For A Fraction Of What Other Companies Would Charge.”  “Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky in her 45-foot-long campaign bus, rolling up to raucous rallies and posing for photos next to the vehicle bearing an oversized image of the Democratic Senate hopeful. Left unmentioned amid the hubbub is this: Her father’s company acquired the bus just as the campaign got underway last year — and is renting it to his daughter for a fraction of what other companies would typically charge, according to a POLITICO analysis. Federal campaign finance law bars a campaign from receiving goods and services below the fair market value from a corporation, regardless of whether it is owned by a family member.” (Manu Raju, “The Grimes Family Discount,” Politico, 8/19/14)

Grimes Rents The Bus For About $456 A Day, Considerably Less Than The Typical Charge Of $1,500 To $2,000 A Day For A Similarly Sized Bus. “A review of Federal Election Commission records shows Grimes paid less than $11,000 through June to rent the bus for at least 24 days, amounting to about $456 per day. Officials at four bus companies said they typically charge $1,500 to $2,000 a day to rent a similarly sized bus, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign said it spent at least $2,200 per day to rent essentially the same bus during a swing earlier this month.” (Manu Raju, “The Grimes Family Discount,” Politico, 8/19/14)

Grimes Is Paying “Much-Lower-Than-Market Rate” For The Bus Owned By Her Father. “The Democrat challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is facing scrutiny over her campaign bus, which she’s renting from a company owned by her father at what may be a much-lower-than-market rate.” (Alexandra Jaffe, “Kentucky Democrat Grimes Under Fire For Father’s Help,” The Hill, 8/19/14)

  • According To A Kentucky Bus Operator, The Industry Standard Is About $2,000 A Day. “Several bus operators said the campaign appears to be paying significantly less than usual for its daily rental costs. ‘It typically costs about $2,000 per day,’ said an operator of a bus company working in Kentucky, who asked for anonymity to avoid angering potential clients. ‘That’s the industry standard.’” (Manu Raju, “The Grimes Family Discount,” Politico, 8/19/14)

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Another Broken Promise: Obama Works Behind “Closed Doors” With Lobbyists On Immigration Policy

Obama Is Currently Working To Draft An Executive Action “Almost Entirely Behind Closed Doors, Where Lobbyists And Interest Groups Invited To The White House Are Making Their Case Out Of Public View.” “Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

  • Working With Lobbyists Has Opened Obama “To Criticism That He Is Presiding Over Opaque Policy-Making, With The Potential To Reward Political Backers At The Expense Of Other Interests, Including Some On The Losing Side Who Are Threatening To Sue.” “It also has opened the president, already facing charges of executive overreach, to criticism that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, with the potential to reward political backers at the expense of other interests, including some on the losing side who are threatening to sue.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

Administration Officials Have Said Obama Has Met With “An Array Of Lawmakers, Experts And Business Leaders For A Wide Range Of Perspectives To Inform His Plans For Executive Actions.” ““White House officials say Mr. Obama has been inclusive as he looks to wield his authority, reaching out to an array of lawmakers, experts and business leaders for a wide range of perspectives to inform his plans for executive actions.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

  • “The Go-It-Alone Approach Has Left The Administration — Which Claims To Be The Most Transparent In United States History — Essentially Making Policy From The White House, Replacing Congressional Hearings And Floor Debates With Closed Meetings For Invited Constituencies.” ​(Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

FLASHBACK: During His 2008 Campaign, Obama Spoke Out Against The Influence Of Lobbyists Engaging In “Secret Meetings”

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In 2008, Obama Said Washington Needed To Reform It’s Politics “By Taking Power Away From The Lobbyists That Kill Good Ideas And Good Plans With Secret Meetings And Campaign Checks.” OBAMA: “And change in Washington is what we need right now. Now, Green Bay—Green Bay, I want to be honest with you. I want to be honest with you. This change is not going to be easy. It’s going to require reforming our politics by taking power away from the lobbyists that kill good ideas and good plans with secret meetings and campaign checks.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 9/22/08)