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Dave Solomon has been a reporter or editor for New England news organizations since 1977. He has served as executive editor of both the Portsmouth Herald and the Nashua Telegraph. He joined the reporting staff of the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2012.

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July 11. 2011 3:42PM

Binnie calls for a GOP leadership meeting to discuss party finances

CONCORD _ The new chairman of the Republican State Committee finance committee has called on party leaders to attend a meeting on Wednesday night to talk about the dire condition of the party's finances.

Seacoast businessman Bill Binnie, a former U.S. Senate candidate, was named party finance chairman several weeks ago as news surfaced that the party had only about $1,300 in its state account and about $30,000 in its federal account.

The news prompted criticism of state GOP chairman Jack Kimball by some party leaders, while others came to Kimball's defense.

Binnie emailed party leaders last week requesting their attendance at a July 13 meeting for an “off the record briefing regarding the current financial situation of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

“As your Finance Chair, I would like to put forward common goals, a common agenda and seek your guidance counsel and input,” Binnie wrote. “In addition, we will give a complete assessment of the financial condition of the Republican State Committee.”

Binnie wrote, “It is critical that you be made aware of our financial challenges and all agree on the solutions to fixing and addressing those challenges.”

He continued, “Frankly, this will not be a one meeting fix, nor a one event solution, we will need to make a long term commitment to our party and the citizens of our state.”

The meeting is set for a conference room at the Rath and Young law firm in Concord, according to the Binnie email.


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