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Letter: For the sake of democracy

Members of both political parties should care deeply about the corrosive influence of money in our elections. Voters are not unaware of how much money is being spent to influence their vote and often feel as if their votes no longer matter.

When citizens abandon their right to vote for those who will represent them in our legislatures, they diminish the hard and painful work that was done to expand the franchise, and they threaten the very democracy of which we have been so proud.

As New Hampshire icon Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the woman who walked across the country at the age of 90 to carry her message for campaign finance reform, said, “Democracy is not something we have, it’s something we do.”

More than anything else, the undermining of our hard-won democracy is the most terrifying effect of Citizens United, corporate personhood and the secret millions that they have unleashed.

The New Hampshire Legislature has several bills and a concurrent resolution concerning campaign finance reform on the docket this session.

Both the House and Senate have retained bills that would close loopholes in our disclosure law for further study. There is a Senate bill for public funding, and the House has passed HCR2, asking Congress to move forward on a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not persons before the law. Please ask your legislators to continue this work, for the sake of the democracy of which we are celebrated across the world.



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