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NHDP Statement on Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Laurie Sanborn’s Alleged COVID-19 Relief Fraud

CONCORD, NH — In response to a report from the office of New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella implicating Concord Casino and its owner, former State Senator Anthony M. "Andy" Sanborn, as well as State House Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Laurie Sanborn, in alleged COVID-19 relief fraud to purchase multiple high-end luxury race cars, and a subsequent criminal referral, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement:


“The Attorney General's recent criminal referral of COVID-19 relief fraud against Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Laurie Sanborn in an incredibly alarming development. This raises dramatic ethical and legal concerns that erode public trust and tarnish New Hampshire’s political landscape.


“It is especially troubling that this marks the second member of Republican House Leadership to be involved in an ethics scandal involving COVID-19 relief funds, with House Majority Leader Jason Osborne taking over $4 million in PPP loans only to turn around and fire 500 employees from his family business, spurring multiple lawsuits. These instances indicate a deeply concerning pattern of financial malfeasance at the very highest levels of New Hampshire Republican leadership. “We echo calls to have Rep. Sanborn removed from her position as chair of the Commission To Study The Effect Of Recent Changes Made To Charitable Gaming Laws immediately. There can obviously be no confidence in her ability to lead in the New Hampshire gaming space going forward.”

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