|U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2|
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. 
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. New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.
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. She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".
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.
On November 2, 2010, Charles Bass was elected to the United States House for a fifth non-consecutive term. He defeated Ann McLane Kuster (D), Tim vanBlommesteyn (Independent), and Howard L. Wilson (Libertarian).
|Annie Kuster (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$828,125.99||$352,068.54||$(148,635.90)||$1,031,558.63|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$1,031,558.63||$483,572.30||$(222,319.46)||$1,292,811.47|
On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Annie Kuster outraised Republican incumbent Charlie Bass in the third quarter. Kuster raised $725,000 and has $922,000 in cash-on hand while Bass raised $472,000 and has $752,000 in cash-on-hand.
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
- Ann McLane Kuster for Congress "About Annie" June 19, 2012
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- NH Journal "Kuster Video"
- Union Leader "Kuster's response to video"
- Union Leader "Granite Status"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission "Annie Kuster Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Annie Kuster April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Annie Kuster July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Annie Kuster Pre-primary," Accessed October 8, 2012
- Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012