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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ALEC latest target of smear campaign

Letter to the Editor

Given the recent partisan attacks on the American Legislative Exchange Council and legislators who are members, I have elected to become a member. These attacks are being played out in newspaper articles and letters to the editor here and throughout the country.

ALEC is the target of a special-interest intimidation campaign. This type of intimidation did not begin with ALEC nor will it end here. It is essential to shed light on the motives and affiliations of these political and financial opportunists.

This campaign is being brought to us by the same people who continually advocate for big-government policies that will keep us mired in slow growth.

Opponents’ attacks are happening because ALEC members support free-market health care, tax fairness, tort reform and a limited, more transparent government.

This entire campaign is an attempt to silence conservatives, and it has been going on for more than a year. Free-market, open-government legislators who are members of ALEC are tired of it and fighting back.

Fostering the exchange of pro-growth, solutions-oriented ideas is precisely why I ran for election and will be running for re-election.

I am, and will continue to be, a legislator who seeks limited government and fiscally responsible, family oriented and liberty solutions in Concord.

Out-of-state activists carrying on a national campaign of demonizing organizations that are founded on such principles have no role here and should be rejected by those who care about returning jobs and prosperity to New Hampshire.

William O’BrienSpeaker

NH House of Representatives

Mont Vernon