Letter: A Christmas wish for grown-ups
Dear Santa, I know you are busy preparing to bring joy to lots of children soon, but this year I am asking your help for something especially important which will greatly affect our collective future. Please encourage people to consider the following facts:
∎ More than $10 million was spent by outside spenders on U.S. House races in New Hampshire in 2012, compared with $2 million in 2006 and 2008, prior to the Citizens United ruling.
∎ Spending by outside groups rose 251 percent in 2012 over the previous presidential election cycle.
∎ In the 2012 New Hampshire gubernatorial race, outside groups spent $19 million, almost five times what the candidates spent themselves.
This is not what New Hampshire wants. In a recent survey conducted by the UNH Survey Center, 72 percent of respondents oppose the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allows corporations to spend an unlimited amount of money to influence elections. More than two-thirds of New Hampshire adults support limits on campaign contributions and spending. This support transcends all party lines.
There is something that we can do to help reverse this takeover of our political process. More than 50 towns and cities in New Hampshire will have resolutions on the 2014 ballot so that voters can show support for getting big money out of politics. Please urge the people of New Hampshire to support these resolutions on their town ballots. As Warren Rudman, the highly respected New Hampshire senator, said, “Free speech can hardly be called free when only the rich are heard.”
Thank you, Santa, and have a safe ride this year.