Annie Kuster

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Annie Kuster
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2
Campaign website
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Annie Kuster is a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire.

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Kuster one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[1]


Kuster was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. She earned her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1978 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She has served on the Board of Trustees of many community organizations, including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Capitol Center for the Arts and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. She is the founder of the Women's Fund of New Hampshire. In 2001, Kuster founded Newfound Strategies, LLC, a consulting and training practice that works with nonprofit clients to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability. [2]



See also: New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Kuster is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New Hampshire's 2nd District. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She moves on to the general election on November 6, 2012.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republican holds its majority in 2013.[3] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[3]

On September 26, one of Bass' staffers took a video of Kuster in which the staffer pesters Kuster until she takes the camera from him and refuses to return it. She returned the camera moments later, and the video was published by the conservative NH Journal on September 27.[4] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".[5]

Kuster used the video in an email-based fundraising campaign. This campaign is responsible for a substantial part of the $265,000 the campaign raised in the last week of September, capping off the $720,000 Kuster raised in this year's third quarter.[6]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Kuster's reports.[7]

Annie Kuster (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]March 31, 2012$828,125.99$352,068.54$(148,635.90)$1,031,558.63
July Quarterly[9]June 30, 2012$1,031,558.63$483,572.30$(222,319.46)$1,292,811.47
Running totals

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