EXCLUSIVE: Liens Filed Against Dem Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Her Husband For Failure To Pay Creditors

Patrick Howley | Political Reporter

Towns in New Hampshire and Maine placed 21 different liens against properties owned by Democratic Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen’s husband, who manages the couple’s real estate business, according to local property records obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.

People owed money by the Shaheens, therefore, successfully compelled local governments on 21 occasions to issue liens against properties owned by the couple in order to get their money back from insurance companies before the Shaheens could profit further.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a former governor and pro-IRS targeting advocate running for re-election to the U.S. Senate against Scott Brown, and her lawyer husband William “Bill” Shaheen, a principal at the firm Shaheen & Gordon, file taxes jointly. The couple, married since 1972, has between $3.7 million and $7.9 million in assets and between $2 million and $4.2 million in liabilities.

The Shaheen campaign has said that the couple lists its real estate investments under William’s name because he manages the real estate investing side of their personal business. But the municipality of York, Maine also issued a lien against “Cynthia Shaheen” (the senator’s first name – “Jeanne” is her middle name) alongside her husband.

Shaheen listed 10 different mortgages as liabilities on her 2013 financial disclosure. All of the mortgages were incurred since 2010, since Shaheen has been in the U.S. Senate. Shaheen’s “Spouse” was listed as the debtor on eight of the mortgages. Shaheen herself was listed as the debtor on one mortgage from Ohio’s First Place Bank worth between $250,0001 and $500,000. The Shaheens also jointly hold one mortgage from Washington, D.C.’s National Capital Bank for between $250,001 and $500,000.

Liens issued against Bill Shaheen, his company Shaheen Enterprises, both Bill and Jeanne Shaheen or Bill Shaheen and combinations of business partners include:

1. $3,409.01 lien issued against Shaheen Enterprises by the town of Dover, N.H. in 1985 (which was redeemed in 1986).

2. $50.94 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and William R. Lynn by the town of Dover, N.H. in 1995 (redeemed in 1996).

3. $1,930.56 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and William R. Lynn by the town of Dover, N.H. in 1996 (redeemed in 1996).

4. $2,485.05 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and David B. Sullivan by the town of Rollinsford, N.H. in 2007 (redeemed in 2007).

5. $0.85 lien issued against Bill Shaheen, Daniel Shaheen, and Warren Dunphy by the municipality of Wells, Maine in 1979 (lien released in 1979).

6.$607.03 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and brother-in-law John McKinnon by the municipality of York, Maine in 1979 (lien released in 1980).

7. $23.37 lien issued against Bill Shaheen, Daniel Shaheen, and Warren Dunphy by the municipality of Wells, Maine in 1980 (lien released in 1980).

8. $360.51 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John McKinnon by the municipality of York, Maine in 1980 (lien released in 1980).

9. $741.75 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John McKinnon by the municipality of York, Maine in 1982 (lien released in 1983).

10. $662.50 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John McKinnon by the municipality of York, Maine in 1983 (lien released in 1984).

11. $903.19 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John McKinnon by the municipality of York, Maine in 1984 (lien released in 1985).

12. $924.87 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John McKinnon by the municipality of York, Maine in 1985 (lien released in 1986).

13. $903.9 lien issued against Bill and (future senator) Cynthia Shaheen by the municipality of York, Maine in 1987 (lien released in 1988).

14. $1,006.07 lien issued against Bill and Josephine Shaheen by the municipality of York, Maine in 1987 (lien released in 1988).

15. $835.35 lien issued against Bill Shaheen by the municipality of York, Maine in 1987 (lien released in 1988).

16. $153.11 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John and Mary McKinnon by the York, Maine Sewer District in 1992 (lien released in 1992).

17. $173.75 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John and Mary McKinnon by the York, Maine Sewer District in 1994 (lien released in 1994).

18. $119.91 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and John and Mary McKinnon by the York, Maine Sewer District in 2000 (lien released in 2000).

19. $128.74 lien issued against Bill Shaheen and Mary McKinnon by the York, Maine Sewer District in 2000 (lien released in 2000).

20. $1,274.07 lien issued against Bill Shaheen by the municipality of York, Maine in 2008 (lien released in 2008).

21. Lien of indeterminate amount issued against Bill Shaheen and “JP Nadeau,” according to Rockingham County, N.H. records. The lien had not been redeemed as of 2009.

The Shaheen campaign, known for failing to respond to press inquiries, did not return a request for comment. Bill Shaheen did not return a request for comment.

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