N.H. conservative hungry for 2012 influence

New Hampshire conservative Ovide Lamontagne wants to expand his influence over the presidential nomination process.

He recently had a former top aide installed as the state party's executive director, and has hosted house parties with some 2012 White House contenders. On Monday, he pleaded for donations to help further his cause.

"With your help, [Granite State PAC] will also give grassroots activists like you the opportunity to weigh in on the most important race of all: the Republican nominee for President as viewed through the prism of New Hampshire's First in the Nation presidential primary," he wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

"... [T]here is absolutely no room for error in selecting the right person to defeat Barack Obama, so the next few months before primary season kicks off are critical," he continued. "Your early support is crucial in making sure we nominate a leader who recognizes the American people are the true sovereign in our Constitutional Republic."

Lamontagne's PAC certainly needs the cash. It reported entering 2011 with just $1,769 in the bank.

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