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Jeb Bush Calls For Overturning Citizens United To Stop Super PAC Spending

When asked about the NED pipeline at the VFW Town Hall in Hudson, Bush responded:  "There's a trade-off in this, which is how public policy works. The trade-off is how do you balance the economic interests of working-class families with environmental considerations? And those are best sorted out at the state level, not in Washington, DC," said Bush. After the town hall, Bush told News 9 that he won't be taking sides. "Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at VFW in Hudson, New Hampshire, July 8th, 2015 by Michael Vadon a 09" by Michael Vadon - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

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NH Rebellion claims a victory as more candidates adopt #FightBigMoney agenda before First-in-the-Nation Primary

In New Hampshire campaign stops today, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush added his voice to the national movement to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, a victory for the anti-big money grassroots group NH Rebellion.  In an interview with CNN, later repeated at other events, Bush said “I would turn that [ruling] on its head if I could.”

NH RebellionNH Rebellion Executive Director Dan Weeks welcomed Bush’s shift, even after the former governor raised over $100 million in unlimited contributions to his affiliated Super PACs.  “I am glad Governor Bush has come to agree with the majority of Americans that Citizens United needs to be overturned to end the disgrace of unlimited Super PAC spending in campaigns,” Weeks said.  “Ironic though it is coming from the #1 beneficiary of Super PAC money, Bush’s evolution shows that voters in both parties are finally being heard when they say, overwhelmingly, that our current campaign finance system is corrupt.”

In addition to overturning Citizens United, Bush has called for complete disclosure of campaign donations and for eliminating the dollar-limit restrictions on contributions to candidates’ campaigns.

“Full transparency would certainly be better than the current system, which allows high-dollar political spenders to hide their identities through shady c4 organizations,” Weeks said. “But disclosure doesn’t fix the real problem:  Americans aren’t just angry that we don’t know who is buying our politicians, we’re angry that our politicians are being bought, period.

Weeks noted that, during the course of the New Hampshire primary, several Republican and Democratic candidates have shifted their positions on campaign finance reform.  “There has been a lot of movement in the right direction, as candidates have seen thousands of Granite Staters take to the streets as part of the NH Rebellion, and answered countless questions in diners and town halls,” he said. “Last month, we issued a preliminary candidates scorecard showing how far the candidates have come since we began the marches and birddogging, and it’s encouraging to see the continued movement since.”

Weeks noted that the leading GOP candidate in New Hampshire, Donald Trump, had already endorsed a ban on Super PACs and expressed support for small donor citizen-funded elections, although he had yet to release specifics. “Trump has been speaking about the problem since day one of his campaign – easy enough for a billionaire who doesn’t need outside support.  But just talking about the need for campaign finance reform isn’t enough.  Voters deserve to have some idea of how he plans to fix the system,” Weeks said.

Just yesterday, the NH Rebellion concluded its We the People Convention to #FightBigMoney bringing together over 700 activists from across the political spectrum to hear from issue experts, elected officials and celebrities including actor Sam Waterston, comedian Jimmy Tingle and best-selling author Marianne Williamson.  The Convention included presentations by conservative political consultant John Pudner and former Bush administration official Richard Painter, as well as remarks by GOP presidential candidate Gov. Jim Gilmore and surrogates for the Kasich, Trump, Clinton, and Sanders campaigns.

In the press release sent earlier today, Weeks predicted that the outcome of tomorrow’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary will be driven largely by citizens’ concerns about campaign finance corruption and the candidates’ positions on the issue.  

“Big money in politics has been the ‘silent story’ of this presidential election – and it’s becoming less silent by the day,” Weeks said. “The American people are way ahead of the political establishment in their condemnation of how our government is being corrupted by the political spending of billionaires and special interest groups.”  

NH Rebellion Scores Candidates Of Promise To Reform Campaign Finance

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

On #FITN Primary Eve, reform groups release new ranking of presidential candidates on “root issue” of campaign reform

Leading presidential candidates made fighting big money a centerpiece of their campaign in response to voter demand

NH Rebellion Executive Director Dan Weeks predicts that the outcome of tomorrow’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary will be driven largely by citizens’ concerns about campaign finance corruption and the candidates’ responses, as revealed by a new Candidates Scorecard just released by the #FightBigMoney coalition of state and national reform groups. The groups include NH Rebellion’s parent organization, Open Democracy, founded by the legendary “Granny D.”

Gov Jim Gillmore Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Gov Jim Gillmore
Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

The #FightBigMoney Scorecard ranks candidates on their official campaign finance reform positions, after hundreds of town hall encounters and sit-down meetings with NH Rebellion activists, and gives leading grades of A- and B+ to Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sec. Hillary Clinton, respectively. Separate tracking of candidate statements on NH Rebellion’s QuestionR.us platform shows several Republican candidates – notably Donald Trump, Gov. John Kasich, and Gov. Jim Gilmore – are also supporting major reforms, although the absence of official position papers brings their #FightBigMoney score to D- or worse. 

All five campaigns attended or sent surrogates to NH Rebellion’s We the People Convention in Veterans Park this past weekend.

“Big money in politics has been the ‘silent story’ of this presidential election – and it’s becoming less silent by the day,” Weeks said. “The American people are way ahead of the political establishment in their condemnation of how our government is being corrupted by the political spending of billionaires and special interest groups.”  

new poll of Iowa caucus-goers showed that campaign finance was one of the top issues people used to decide which presidential candidate to support.  It was the single most important issue for one-quarter of Democratic caucus voters and among the top three issues for 64% of them.

“In 2014, New Hampshire voters were stunned by the impact of out-of-state special interest money being thrown at our elections.  All kinds of records were broken.  Total spending by campaigns and outside groups added up to more than $106 million – just here in New Hampshire – and it was one of the nastiest election seasons we have ever seen,” Weeks said.

“Going into this primary, we were expecting to see a similar level of spending,” he said. “But it looks like it’s actually going to be even worse.”

According to a recent Bloomberg analysis of political spending on broadcast advertising, by this point in 2012, $2 million had been spent in New Hampshire on broadcast advertising.  This election, it’s over $100 million – a fifty-fold increase over the last presidential primary, with a lot of that money coming from ‘outside spending’ groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. 

“The money coming at New Hampshire feels like a fire hose.  They’ve spent more just on broadcast advertising than they spent on everything, during the 2014 elections,” Weeks said.  “All the phone calls, the mail, the advertisements, it’s just overwhelming – and it’s all because of the money that’s being poured into New Hampshire by special interests trying to influence our elections.  Granite State voters have every reason to be angry.  Our elections have been hijacked by special interest donors.”

“This is one issue that just about everybody agrees on, regardless of party affiliation,” he said.  “Poll after poll shows that voters agree – in overwhelming numbers – that we need to fix our campaign finance system.  The political establishment and some of the media haven’t focused on it yet, but this issue is driving many voters’ decisions.”  

Sen. Cory Booker and actor Sam Waterson Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Sen. Cory Booker and actor Sam Waterston
Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

NH Rebellion just finished its We the People Convention in Manchester, which brought together hundreds of activists, experts and some well-known voices to talk about the subject.  “Best-selling author Marianne Williamson calls this ‘the greatest moral issue of our generation.’  Actor Sam Waterston says campaign finance is ‘central to the way democracy works.’  For three days, speaker after speaker – from both political parties – talked about this issue and this election as a turning point in American history,” Weeks said.  “We need to fix the problem, and get our country back to having a government ‘of the People’ rather than ‘of the political donors.’” 

During the primary season, NH Rebellion members have attended hundreds of events asking each presidential candidate “What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics?”  Candidates’ replies are available at www.QuestionR.us.   

The group also sent each campaign a formal questionnaire, asking for support of six solutions to restore democracy detailed in the group’s We the People Pledge and members have met with several of the presidential candidates and campaigns.   

“This is an issue that’s important to almost everybody, but too many voters don’t know where the candidates actually stand on the different solutions,” Weeks said.  “When they walk into the voting booth tomorrow, we want voters to be able to make the best choice they can, based on real information about the candidates’ support for various types of reforms.”

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion


The “We the People Pledge” describes six proposed campaign finance reforms, and is available at http://www.nhrebellion.org/pledge 

High resolution photos and video are available on request.

The NH Rebellion is best-known for its cold-weather “Walks for Democracy.” To date, more than 2,000 activists have walked a total of 30,000 miles to bring attention to the corrupting influence of large campaign contributions.  The movement was inspired by the efforts of the legendary New Hampshire reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who walked across America beginning in 1999 in support of campaign finance reform.

IBEW Local 1228 Endorse Bernie Sanders Citing Opposition To Hearst Corp’s Anti-Union Agenda

Members encourage everyone to vote for Bernie Sanders

Members of IBEW Local 1228 voted to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for President in the Democratic primary at their last Local Union meeting, citing his continued commitment to fighting corporate greed. 

“Bernie has consistently fought for working families and for the right of workers in all occupations to form and join unions. It’s time for union families to mobilize across the country and help him restore the middle class. Like our forefathers who rejected Colonial rule against great odds, this is our time to stand up to power and greed,” saidLocal 1228 Business Manager Fletcher Fischer.

IBEW Local 1228 has represented workers in the broadcast news and sports industries throughout New England since 1941.

Fletcher Fischer and Senator Bernie Sanders

Fletcher Fischer and Senator Bernie Sanders

“Bernie has a lifetime commitment to fighting corporate greed. He has stood with members of this Local Union since 1979, from our strike at Vermont PBS to our current struggle with the Hearst Corporation in New Hampshire. Hearst is trying to steal pensions from eleven WMUR workers while reaping billions in profits. This is such an obscene example of corporate greed”, said Fischer.

In December, members of IBEW Local 1228 stood outside of WMUR studios in an informational picket prior to Sanders arrival. The union wanted Sanders to sit down with the station manager Jeff Bartlett and schedule more timely negotiations in an effort to resolve their dispute before the WMUR Democratic Debate in mid-December.

Bernie Sanders meets with members of the IBEW local 1228 on Dec 4 2015

Bernie Sanders meets with members of the IBEW local 1228 on Dec 4 2015

Sanders did meet with Bartlett, and during that meeting Bartlett agreed to set up more timely negotiations.  However WMUR/Hearst recanted and refused to move up their negotiations.  The failure of WMUR/Hearst  to schedule more timely negotiations prompted action by the DNC to pull WMUR’s sponsorship of the debate.

The members of Local 1228 are calling on everyone to join them in voting for Bernie Sanders on Feb 9th.

“I am encouraging all of our members throughout New England to ask their family, friends and neighbors to support Bernie. He is the spark of the political revolution that will put the power back in the hands of the people and make the middle class thrive once again,” added Fischer.

If Rep Guinta Won’t Resign, Shawn O’Connor Is Ready To Beat Him In Election

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BEDFORD, N.H. – Shawn O’Connor, Democratic Congressional Candidate in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, released the following statement concerning news that Rep. Frank Guinta has repaid over $350,000 in illegal loans to his campaign.

“I was the second Democrat, after Chairman Buckley, to call on Congressman Guinta to resign, and I made every effort to deliver 5,000 petition signatures from citizens of the First District asking Representative Guinta to take this honorable path at his first town hall following the scandal in Alton. I reiterate that call for him to resign today. The news that Representative Guinta has repaid the loan and the associated fine does nothing to change the fact that he betrayed the trust of all Granite Staters and is unfit to serve.”

Shawn is the only proven job creator in the race and is committed to only accepting the current federal minimum wage salary of $15,080 as his congressional salary until we enact legislation to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15. The rest of his Congressional salary ($159,000 annually) will be donated to New Hampshire charities chosen by a citizen’s commission.

With ~5 times as much cash on hand as his primary opponent, Shawn is the only Democrat with the resources and strategic plan and vision to beat Rep. Guinta in the fall and put New Hampshire’s First Congressional District firmly back into Democratic control.

Bernie Sanders Takes On Wall Street In New Campaign Ad

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A new ad released by U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Thursday, details how too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks have rigged the nation’s economic and political systems in their favor at the expense of working families.

Goldman Sachs “just settled with authorities for their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes,” the narrator explains.

“Our economy works for Wall Street because it’s rigged by Wall Street and that’s the problem,” the ad says. “As long as Washington is bought and paid for we can’t build an economy that works for people.”

Sanders has proposed a plan, backed by 170 economists and financial experts, to remake the financial system to serve America’s working families.

To watch the ad, click here.

 

Hillary for New Hampshire To Kick Off GOTV With Grassroots Events Across the State

Campaign Surrogates, New Hampshire Leaders Will Fire Up Thousands of Volunteers Preparing To Turn Out Voters for Hillary Clinton

Manchester – Hillary for New Hampshire will officially kick off the “Get Out The Vote” phase of the campaign on Friday, January 29th with just a few days until the Iowa caucus and less than two weeks until the New Hampshire Primary.  At hundreds of grassroots events across the state throughout the weekend, Hillary Clinton supporters will be talking to their friends and neighbors about how as president, Hillary Clinton will make a difference for families and stop Republicans – like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump – from ripping up the progress Democrats have worked so hard to make.

Over the weekend, actor and environmental activist Ted Danson, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Governor Maggie Hassan, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congressman Seth Moulton, Congressman Bill Keating, Congressman Michael Capuano, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Congressman Joe Kennedy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Congressman Joe Courtney, former Congressman Tim Bishop, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, former CIA operative Valerie Plame, and New Hampshire elected and civic leaders will all attend grassroots events in New Hampshire between January 29th and January 31st to greet volunteers and lay out why Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the right experience and the best policies for Granite State families.

“Everyday Hillary Clinton reminds us this campaign is about the people she will make a difference for as President, and empowering them to take part in the election is one of our top priorities.  Over the final twelve days of the New Hampshire primary, we are going to be getting out the vote for Hillary Clinton so we can nominate the candidate best prepared to take on the Republicans and get results for the American people,” said Hillary for New Hampshire State Director Mike Vlacich. “We started this campaign in April, preparing to deliver on Hillary Clinton’s pledge to earn every vote and take nothing for granted and prepared for a competitive race. Every vote counts in New Hampshire – especially with a border state candidate on the ballot.”

On top of traditional campaign organizing, Hillary for New Hampshire is officially launching an online application that enables voters to build a personalized, digital card expressing their commitment to vote for Hillary Clinton in their state’s primary or caucus. Commitment cards are a traditional, offline organizing technique that the campaign is now using online to engage supporters who know Hillary Clinton has been in the trenches fighting by their side for decades and will fight and deliver for them every day as President.  The Commit to Caucus, or Commit to Vote, app is available at http://hillaryclinton.com/commit.

Hillary for New Hampshire has eight GOTV Centers and 11 local offices which serve as hubs of activity for the more than 10,178 Granite Staters who have taken part in the campaign, joining organizers in communities across the state.

Since Hillary Clinton launched her campaign in April, Hillary for New Hampshire has been committed to delivering a grassroots community organizing campaign that connects supporters and builds relationships with Granite Staters through one-on-one meetings, small gatherings, and online engagement. At all of the weekend’s events, volunteers will be asking voters to fill out a “Commit to Vote” card, pledging to vote for Clinton in the first in the nation primary.

Below are a few events happening this weekend. Media interested in attending any of the events are kindly asked to RSVP to jmcclain@hillaryclinton.com. If you would like to attend an event not listed or that is closer to you, please inquire.

WHAT: Hanover for Hillary Organizing Event with Gloria Steinem

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 10:45 am

WHERE: Morano Gelato, 57 Main St #101, Hanover

WHAT: Women for Hillary Organizing Event with Gloria Steinem and Senator Jeanne Shaheen

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 1:30 pm

WHERE: Live Juice, 5  S Main Street, Concord

WHAT: Laconia Volunteer Meet & Greet with Ted Danson

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 2:30 pm

WHERE: 373 Court Street, Laconia

WHAT: Manchester Volunteer Meet & Greet with Gloria Steinem

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 2:50 pm

WHERE: 66 Hanover Street, Suite 300, Manchester

WHAT: Phonebank with Gloria Steinem

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 4:30 pm

WHERE: 2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth

WHAT: Concord Phonebank Meet & Greet with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Ted Danson & Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 5:15 pm

WHERE: 109 N. State Street, Concord

WHAT: Nashua Canvass Kick-Off with Governor Maggie Hassan & MA Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: Ledge Street Elementary,139 Ledge Street, Nashua

WHAT: Keene Canvass Kick-Off with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and CT Congressman Joe Courtney

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Exeter Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Seth Moulton

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 30 Court Street, Exeter

WHAT: Manchester Canvass Kick-Off with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: Montessori School, 698 Beech Street, Manchester

WHAT: Hampton Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Michael Capuano

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 703 Ocean Blvd, Suite C3, Hampton

WHAT: Portsmouth Canvass Kick-Off with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Massachusetts AG Maura Healy and Maine AG Janet Mills

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 2800 Lafayette Road, Unit 10A, Portsmouth

WHAT: Peterborough Canvass Kick-Off with Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 87 Wilder Farm Road, Peterborough

WHAT: Winchester Canvass Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 19 Parker Street, Winchester, NH 03470

WHAT: Concord Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 109 North State Street, Concord

WHAT: Londonderry Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Bill Keating

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 11 am

WHERE: 89 Hovey Road, Londonderry

WHAT: Exeter Canvass Kick-Off with Governor Dan Malloy

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 130A Water Street, Exeter

WHAT: Berlin Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 52 Main Street, Berlin

WHAT: Keene Canvass Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop, Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, and Ambassador Dan Benjamin

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Concord Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Jim McGovern

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 9 South Spring Street, Concord

WHAT: Dover Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Stephen Lynch

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 903 Central Avenue, Dover

WHAT: Salem Canvass Kick-Off with MA Treasurer Deb Goldberg & Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 15 Ermer Road, Salem

WHAT: Derry Field Office Volunteer Meet & Greet with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 4 Peabody Annex Road, Derry

WHAT: Keene Phonebank Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 3 pm

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Lebanon Phonebank Kick-Off with Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 3:30 pm

WHERE: 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon

WHAT: Lebanon Canvass Kick-Off with NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 10 am

WHERE: 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon

WHAT: Salem Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 10 am

WHERE: 15 Ermer Road, Salem

WHAT: Keene Canvass Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 10 am

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Concord Canvass Kick-Off with NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 1 pm

WHERE: 109 N. State Street, Concord

WHAT: Portsmouth Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 1 pm

WHERE: 35 Middle Road, Portsmouth

WHAT: Portsmouth Phonebank Kick-Off with NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 3 pm

WHERE: 2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth

WHAT: Plymouth Phonebank Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 4 pm

WHERE: 107 Main Street, Plymouth

Gloria Steinem To Join Hillary for New Hampshire Organizing Events

Gloria Steinem (Jewish Women's Archive FLKR)Manchester — Gloria Steinem will travel to New Hampshire on January 29th to talk with New Hampshire voters at grassroots events about Hillary Clinton’s lifetime of experience fighting for families and getting meaningful results. 

Steinem will visit Hanover, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth to talk to voters about how as president, Hillary Clinton will work to build an economy that works for all Americans. 

With so much at stake for American families in 2016, Hillary for New Hampshire is committed to delivering a grassroots community organizing campaign that connects supporters and builds relationships with Granite Staters through one-on-one meetings, small gatherings, and online engagement. At the events, volunteers will be asking supporters to fill out a “Commit to Vote” card, pledging to vote for Hillary in the first in the nation primary.

Members of the public can sign up at hillaryclinton.com/events to receive more information about campaign events happening near them.

The following week of action events are open to members of the press. Media planning to cover any event are kindly asked to R.S.V.P. to jmcclain@hillaryclinton.com

Seniors for Hillary Event with Gloria Steinem

When: 9:45 AM

Where: Kendal Retirement Center at 80 Lyme Rd in Hanover

Students for Hillary with Gloria Steinem 

When: 10:30 AM

Where: Morano Gelato, 57 Main St #101 in Hanover

Women for Hillary Event with Gloria Steinem

When: 1:30 PM

Where: Live Juice, 5 S Main Street in Concord

Manchester Organizing Event with Gloria Steinem

When: 2:45 PM

Where: Hillary for New Hampshire Manchester Office, 66 Hanover Street, Suite 300 in Manchester 

Portsmouth Phone Bank with Gloria Steinem

When: 4:30 PM

Where: Hillary for New Hampshire Portsmouth Office, 2800 Lafayette Road, Suite 10A in Portsmouth

New Quinnipiac Survey Finds Sanders Maintains Lead in Iowa

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

Younger Democrats in Iowa support Sanders
by a 78-21 majority

WASHINGTON – With just days left to go before the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses, a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders maintaining a four-point lead over Secretary Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

“With strong support from men, very liberal and younger voters, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders takes 49 percent of Iowa likely Democratic Caucus participants, with 45 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 4 percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley,” according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

Sanders’ lead is built on support from younger voters in the state. Likely caucusgoers surveyed between the ages of 18 and 44 favor Sanders over Clinton 78 percent to 21 percent.

Iowans surveyed listed the economy as their highest priority, followed by health care and climate change — all topics Sanders has worked to inject into the 2016 presidential primary. Likely caucusgoers who say the economy is the most important issue for them favor Sanders 53 percent to 41 percent.

“Is this deja vu all over again? Who would have thunk it when the campaign began? Secretary Hillary Clinton struggling to keep up with Sen. Bernie Sanders in the final week before the Iowa caucus,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Perhaps more than other contests, the Iowa caucuses are all about turnout. If those young, very liberal Democratic Caucus participants show up Monday and are organized, it will be a good night for Sen. Sanders,” Brown said.

Sanders is spending the morning in Washington meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. He returns to Iowa tonight for a rally in Mason City.

Sanders Contrasts Record with Clinton on ‘Disastrous’ Trade Deals

Since the early 1990’s Sanders has opposed these disastrous trade deals.  After great pressure, Clinton comes out against the TPP.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Bernie Sanders told steelworkers at a boisterous meeting in a union hall here on Tuesday that a proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal would continue “disastrous” policies that have shuttered factories and cost millions of good-paying jobs in the United States.

“Everyone in this room understands what these disastrous trade agreements are all about. They were written by corporate America to benefit corporate America, people who could care less about working families,” Sanders said at the United Steelworkers of America Local 310L union hall. “The simple truth is, and it’s indisputable, these trade agreements have been a disaster for working families in this country and they have benefited the CEOs of major corporations.”

Sanders is leading the opposition in Congress against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would be the biggest trade pact in history. He also was at the forefront in earlier battles against the North American Free Trade Agreement and permanent normal trade relations with China — trade agreements that Secretary Clinton supported which have led to the loss of more than 30,000 good-paying jobs in Iowa. “Can you be a great country when everything we buy is made in China?” he asked the union workers.

In the closing days before Iowans go to precinct caucuses to begin the process of picking a Democratic nominee for president, Sanders is in a neck-and-neck contest in Iowa with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has praised past trade agreements and once called the Pacific trade deal “the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.” Last Oct. 8, however, she said that “as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it. I don’t believe it’s going to meet the high bar I have set.”

At a news conference outside the union hall, Sanders was asked about trade. “You are looking at a senator and former congressman who has led the effort since his first day in Congress back in the early 1990s against disastrous trade agreements like NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China and today against the TPP. My record on trade is very, very different than Secretary Clinton’s. I am glad that after talking about how good the TPP would be, finally, under great pressure, she decided to oppose it. But I think it is a real area of disagreement.

“I have opposed all of these trade agreements. We have lost millions of jobs as corporations have shut down in America, gone to China and other low-wage countries. If elected president, we will make fundamental changes to our trade policies. Our demand is that we create good-paying jobs in the United States of America, not China, not Mexico, not other low wage countries.

“So those are areas where I think there are real differences of opinion: our views on trade, our views on Social Security and ultimately our view as to which candidate is prepared to stand up to the greed and the irresponsibility of Wall Street and corporate America, and create an economy that works for all of us, not just a handful of billionaires,” Sanders told reporters.

In Iowa Bernie Sanders Blasts Corporate Deserters

Corporate Tax Dodgers Are
Cheating The US Government Of Over
$100 Billion In Corporate Taxes

AMES, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday denounced “corporate deserters” after Johnson Controls and Tyco International announced a plan to merge the manufacturing giants in the latest example of a U.S.-based company acquiring a foreign firm to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

“The potential Johnson-Tyco merger would be a disaster for American taxpayers,” Sanders said. “Profitable companies that have received corporate welfare from American taxpayers should not be allowed to renounce their U.S. citizenship to avoid paying U.S. taxes. These corporate inversions must stop.

“My message to these corporate deserters is simple: You can’t be an American company only when you want corporate welfare from American taxpayers or you want lucrative contracts from the federal government,” Sanders continued. “If you want the advantages of being an American company then you can’t run away from America to avoid paying taxes.”

Sanders last year introduced the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act. It would end the inversion tax scam by treating corporations as American corporations for tax purposes when it is still majority owned by U.S. interests.

In November, Sanders called on the Obama administration and Congress to stop a similar deal involving Pfizer and Allergan that would lead to higher prescription drug prices. “The Pfizer-Allergan merger would be a disaster for American consumers who already pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” Sanders said at the time. “It also would allow another major American corporation to hide its profits overseas.”

Sanders’ Senate bill also would also stop corporations from avoiding $100 billion in taxes a year by stashing their profits in the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens.

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