Vets Group Says Ayotte Must Explain if Vets Were Filmed Without Permission

CONCORD, NH – The nation’s largest progressive group of Veterans, Military Families, and their supporters,, today is calling on Senator Kelly Ayotte to come clean about the possible use of veterans for campaign purposes, without notifying them. 

Legendary political reporter, John DiStaso, reported that this week, a film crew was at a veterans forum, held by Senator Ayotte, with the camera crew claiming to be hired by a public relations firm that works for her campaign.  However, Ayotte’s campaign claims to have no knowledge of who was conducting the filming, and for what purpose, and apparently did not tell attendees that they would be filmed for her campaign. 

Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of demanded clarity, and, if necessary, an apology. 

“If Senator Ayotte’s campaign filmed veterans at a forum, for her campaign, without their knowledge and consent, she obviously owes attendees an apology,” said Soltz.  “While some of these veterans might support her, and might be ok with being in a campaign ad, others may not.  And, it goes without saying, that if her campaign did order this video shoot, and lied about it, there is a much bigger problem.”

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.


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