GOP committee declines to ask Guinta to resign

GOP committee declines to ask Guinta to resign


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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Republican Party's Executive Committee has declined to ask U.S. Rep Frank Guinta to resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans that he step down after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents.

Guinta said he'll remain in office. The committee, meeting Monday night, stated Guinta answered its questions, is accountable to his constituents, and would be available to answer their questions.

In 2010, Guinta reported lending himself $355,000 and amended a disclosure form to add a previously unreported bank account. He denied the money came from his parents or that it was an illegal campaign donation. The FEC said the opposite and ordered Guinta to pay a fine.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Guinta's explanation is inconsistent with the FEC's findings, and that if she were him, she'd resign.

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