Attorney General Heeds Granite State Progress Request, Recuses Self from Election Law Complaint Over Chris Sununu’s Illegal Campaign Contributions

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon MacDonald has recused himself from the election law complaint filed by Granite State Progress that the Friends of Chris Sununu accepted nearly $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins: “We thank Attorney General MacDonald for his decision, which is in line with the high ethical standards he has been known for throughout his career. This case will be the first test of the independence of the new election enforcement unit.”

MacDonald’s former law firm, Nixon Peabody, is one of the partnerships referenced in the election law complaint. MacDonald had resigned from the firm by the time the donation was made, but Granite State Progress called for the AG to recuse himself to “avoid the appearance of impropriety” and in light of the fact that this will be one of the first major cases by the new election law investigation unit.

Deputy Attorney General Jane Young is now in charge of the investigation.


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