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Letter: Untangling the web

Every time I research an issue that is causing me, and others, to worry, I find a trail of “dark money,” election expenditures from sources who prefer not to disclose their identity. I look at the tangled web and wonder if there is some string that could be pulled by the rest of us to untangle the threads and make our election process transparent. I always come back to campaign finance reform as the string to pull to untangle the ball of yarn.

The New Hampshire Legislature has an opportunity to untangle some of the mysteries this year. There is legislation working its way through the process right now that increases transparency in elections by mandating disclosure of how much money special interest groups spend to influence our votes. Right now there is a loophole in our law that allows these groups to avoid reporting.

We can pass a disclosure bill. The state Senate passed such a bill in 2012, but it failed in the House.

The amount of money we are talking about in recent elections has grown to the point where it poses a serious threat to our elections. Ask your representative to vote yes on HB 392.


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