Letter: Who should own elections?

Published: 10/9/2018 12:02:09 AM

Recently, Granny D’s organization, Open Democracy, brought Harvard law professor Larry Lessig and Law and Order actor Sam Waterston to the Capitol Center for the Arts. New to me, via Lessig, was that an “achievement” of Newt Gingrich during his time in Congress was ending a congressional budget line for research. After Gingrich, lobbyists replaced researchers. Those contacts with our representatives also line them up with their best donors -- corporations.

Sam Waterston, for his part, prominent eyebrows working up and down in alarm, told us his state of Connecticut achieved public funding of elections but most people in Connecticut aren’t aware of it. The two visitors, Lessig and Waterston, urge us forward in New Hampshire to want and to have voter-owned elections. Waterston told our audience, “Shout to have it, then keep shouting that you have it, once you do.”

Now a one-woman play about Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s efforts and walk across the USA to get big money out of politics is having timely performances across New Hampshire. Look at Open Democracy online for the Power of One dramatic presentation near you. On Oct 14 is a performance at Hopkinton Town Hall at 2 p.m. I’ll be helping out with the Concord performance on Tuesday the 16th at 7 p.m. at South Congregational Church on Pleasant Street. There will be five other in-state performances after these, before Halloween.

“Trick or treat” is actually a good way to approach the murky machinations behind corporate money owning our elections, or should we own them?



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