Annie Kuster

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Annie Kuster
Ann McLane Kuster.jpg
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 2
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.Georgetown University
Date of birthSeptember 5, 1956
Place of birthConcord, New Hampshire
Campaign website
Annie Kuster campaign logo
Annie Kuster is a 2012 Democratic candidate who won election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire. She won the election.[1]

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.[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. [3]



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

Kuster ran 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.[4] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[4]

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.[5] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying".[6]

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.[7]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Charles Bass Incumbent 45.4% 152,977
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn McLane Kuster 50.2% 169,275
     Libertarian Hardy Macia 4.4% 14,936
Total Votes 337,188
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


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).[8]

United States House, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 48.3% 108,610
     Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 46.8% 105,060
     Independent Tim vanBlommesteyn 2.8% 6,197
     Libertarian Howard L. Wilson 2.1% 4,796
Total Votes 224,663

Campaign donors


After the election, the Sunlight Foundation listed four races where outside spending likely pushed the winner over the top. Kuster was listed as one of the four, spurred on by $3.2 million in spending by independent groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Majority PAC.[9] [10]

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Kuster's reports.[11]

Annie Kuster (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$828,125.99$352,068.54$(148,635.90)$1,031,558.63
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$1,031,558.63$483,572.30$(222,319.46)$1,292,811.47
Pre-primary[14]August 30$1,292,811.47$220,171.15$(394,215.99)$1,118,766.63
Running totals

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.[15]

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