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Democratic Group American Bridge Apologizes After Oppo Tracker Films Memorial Service

Outrage from New Hampshire Republicans.

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On Saturday, James Pindell a reporter for WMUR-TV in New Hampshire tweeted that a tracker from the opposition research group American Bridge was recording political speakers at a memorial service.

Hey @AmericanBridge tracker: Put away your damn camera taping @KellyAyotte and others at Ray Burton memorial service. #nhpolitics #getclass

James Pindell (WMUR)

@JamesPindell

Hey @AmericanBridge tracker: Put away your damn camera taping @KellyAyotte and others at Ray Burton memorial service. #nhpolitics #getclass

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In Plymouth at memorial service to celebrate the life of Ray Burton - we miss you, Ray.

Kelly Ayotte

@KellyAyotte

In Plymouth at memorial service to celebrate the life of Ray Burton - we miss you, Ray.

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At the Memorial Service for Ray Burton @PlymouthState

Gary Lambert

@GaryLambertNH

At the Memorial Service for Ray Burton @PlymouthState

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The New Hampshire Republican party announced they would ban American Bridge from all party events after they "crashed" the service.

"It is disgusting that a Democrat-affiliated group like American Bridge would politicize a memorial service and use this non-partisan event to try and score cheap political points," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Clearly this classless liberal political organization has crossed the line, and as a result of its outrageous behavior, American Bridge trackers are immediately banned from all New Hampshire Republican State Committee sponsored events. Additionally, we will encourage all candidates, and local Republican committees to remove American Bridge staff from their events."

The group apologized on their Twitter feed Monday.

As a matter of policy, we do not attend those types of events. There was a miscommunication with our staff on the ground in NH... (1/2)

American Bridge

@American_Bridge

As a matter of policy, we do not attend those types of events. There was a miscommunication with our staff on the ground in NH... (1/2)

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We sincerely apologize & regret the error. Our staff has addressed the issue internally in order to ensure this never happens again. (2/2)

American Bridge

@American_Bridge

We sincerely apologize & regret the error. Our staff has addressed the issue internally in order to ensure this never happens again. (2/2)

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A source close to the group said there was a misunderstanding between how the event was described in the group's calendar and the tracker in New Hampshire, and that Bridge found out the tracker was at the event they asked him to leave and delete his footage.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, AB reiterated it's apology saying again it was a miscommunication and a mistake.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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