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Maura Sullivan Announces Massive Quarterly Campaign Fundraising

This week, Maura Sullivan, a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional district in NH, announced that she has raised over $430,000 in in her first quarter.

Sullivan, is a Marine Corps & Iraq War veteran who worked in the Obama Administration as the Assistant VA Secretary.  After leaving the VA, Sullivan and her fiancé Marc moved to Portsmouth to put down roots and raise a family.

“I am thankful that so many Granite Staters joined with people from my days in the Marine Corps and the Obama Administration to become part of a campaign to help the country live up to its promise, and that starts with Congress. In my entire life, which I have committed to serving this country, I have never seen a greater threat to our nation, and to our democracy, than the moment we are in right now. We have to come together, rise above the chaos and bitterness that define our politics, and recommit our ourselves to a government that works tirelessly each day for the people they represent.”

While grateful for the overwhelming support for the campaign, Maura is most excited about the energy of the campaign on the ground being reflected in a surge of grassroots contributions received from Granite Staters, which make up 20% of the campaign’s contributions and average about $15.  Overall, over half of the campaign’s contributions are under $250.

Maura has been serving the country most of her adult life and that service took her to a range of places — to Iraq, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula in the Marines, and to the Obama Administration, first at American battlefields and cemeteries throughout Europe, then the VA and the Pentagon. The people with whom she served and worked live throughout the United States and Maura is proud to have the support of friends made in each chapter of her life.

Heading into the campaign season, Maura is excited to build on this early momentum by earning every opportunity to show the people of New Hampshire that she will work hard for them in Congress.

About Maura Sullivan

Maura Sullivan has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the people and causes she believes in. Maura began her service when she attended college at Northwestern on an ROTC scholarship and joined the United States Marine Corps. Rising to the rank of Captain in the Marines, Maura spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq. While inspired by the brave and selfless young Americans with whom she served, Maura was struck by how servicemembers, particularly women, were paying the consequences for poor decisions made by out-of-touch leadership in Washington.

After returning home, attending graduate school, and working as a New England manager for a food and beverage company, Maura joined the Obama Administration: first as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, where she represented the Administration at memorials to fallen U.S. servicemembers across the globe; as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressing the VA’s 2014 crisis and working on reforms to begin restoring veterans’ access to quality health care; as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, working on gender integration in the Navy and Marines, as well as family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms; and as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, focusing on communications strategy while also working to improve policies on maternity leave and child care.  Maura is running for Congress because our country faces a crisis of leadership that is putting our national and economic security at risk.

The Rest of the Story @ the #NHGOP #FITN Summit

2015-04-18 Rebellion arrivalThe national media logged thousands of stories about last weekend’s #FITN #NHGOP Summit – but they missed two.

The first story – overlooked by almost all of the national media but covered by the Concord Monitor, Bloomberg Politics and a bit by WMUR – was the #NHGOP treatment of the NH Rebellion.

The Rebellion was originally a sponsor of the #FITN Summit.  The group paid a sponsorship fee and expected to have a table inside the Crowne Plaza, so they could speak to the assembled presidential candidates about the #GetMoneyOut movement.

Three days before the event, their sponsorship was revokedThe explanation?

The reason that the FITN event organizers told us was that they believed NH Rebellion had given money to oppose Republican candidates. This is incorrect.  The NH Rebellion has not spent any money to oppose — or support — Republican candidates, or any candidates for that matter. We are a project of Open Democracy, based in Concord, N.H. which is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and cannot legally contribute to the campaigns of candidates.

With all the attention being paid to which-side-of-the-line legal technicalities these days, one might think that the #NHGOP would be more careful about their “reason” for revoking the sponsorship.

2018-04-18 NashuaPDBut the #NHGOP didn’t just tell the Rebellion that the group couldn’t have a table.  They decided the group had to be kept out of the building.  And then they called the cops.

The Rebellion walkers had organized a 15-mile “Patriots Day Walk” for Democracy that started in Lowell, Massachusetts with the ringing of a Paul Revere bell.  When 80 or so Rebellion walkers arrived at the #FITN Summit, the walkers were met by police and told to “keep on moving.”  Walkers were literally escorted from the hotel grounds by the police.

And when “Paul Revere” impersonator Ellen Read was given legitimate event credentials – and actually got in the door – she was almost immediately forced back out.

There’s a clear message here, for anyone who’s listening: leadership of the #NHGOP does not want to hear from the #GetMoneyOut movement.

Wondering why?  First rule: Follow the Money.  Which, luckily, the National Institute on Money in State Politics is making easier and easier.  Pull up their database of “contributions to Republican party committees” in New Hampshire, click to sort the data by “election year” and guess who’s on the list? Astrazeneca…  Centene Corp… Comcast… CVS Caremark… Deloitte & Touche… Express Scripts… General Electric… International Franchise Association… Merck & Co…. Pfizer… Verizon… Altria… Waste Management… Choice In Healthcare Cmte…  NE Cable and Telecommunications Association… NH Automobile Dealers… NH Dental Society… NH Independent Pharmacy Assoc… NH Society of Eye Physicians… Select Management Resources (haven’t heard of them?  click here)… B J Alan Co… Seabrook Station…

Hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations and business associations.

And Ellen Read got “escorted” out the door.

The second story that got missed: the depth of the anger about Citizens United, and the public support for fixing the problem.

All along the 15 miles of the Rebellion’s walk, motorists tooted their horns, gave us thumbs-up and shouted encouragement.

Two women grabbed the flag off their porch and joined the walk as we went by.

One woman was putting her own leaflets on cars outside the hotel, when we got there.  She wasn’t a part of the Rebellion or StampStampede, she’s just sick and tired of #MoneyInPolitics and wanted to let everyone at the #FITN Summit know she’d had enough.  (She was really glad to hear she’s not alone!!)

2015-04-18 StampMobileA few reporters wandered across the street to take a closer look at the Amazing Amend-O-Matic Stampmobile.  They all seem surprised by the statistics about grassroots support (61% of NH Republicans support amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United68 NH municipalities have passed local resolutions calling for a Constitutional amendment… 80% of NH Republicans think Congress cares more about special interests than its constituents).  But none of the reporters wrote about it.

Here’s why that’s important:

Dave Weigel of Bloomberg got a very different explanation, when he asked #NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn why the NH Rebellion had gotten tossed from the #FITN Summit. “This summit is an event for Republican activists to hear from our potential presidential candidates,” she told him, “not a platform for the self-absorbed antics of a liberal Harvard professor.”

If Horn truly thinks that #MoneyInPolitics is just an issue for one “Harvard professor”… then who is she listening to?  Certainly not the pollsters at UNH.  Certainly not the people driving down Route 3A last Saturday.  Or the woman with the flyers in the parking lot.

Is she listening only to those “corporate people” on the list of donors to NH Republican Party Committees?

#NHGOP voters deserve to have their voices heard.  Not just by “potential presidential candidates” – but by their party officials, too.


The Stamp Stampede is tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping messages on our nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United.

You can get your own stamp online at www.stampstampede.org. Or, if you’re a member of CWA, you can get a stamp from your LPAT coordinator. The average stamped bill is seen by 875 people – which makes stamping a highly-effective way to get the message out about how money in politics is corrupting our government.

It’s time to #GetMoneyOut of politics and take back our government.

More Than 50 New Hampshire Towns to Vote on a Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

money-in-politicsStatement of Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

The opportunity to build momentum to free elections from corporate influence and mega-donors is upon New Hampshire. This coming week – due to the work of Public Citizen activists and our allies – more than 50 town meetings in New Hampshire will include a vote on whether to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
These town votes are crucial for New Hampshire residents if they want to push the state Legislature to take a giant step forward to become the 17th state to call for an amendment to overturn Citizens United, which gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, thereby drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. The influence of corporations and the wealthy was starkly apparent during New Hampshire’s 2012 gubernatorial race, when outside groups spent $19 million – almost five times what the candidates spent themselves.

Polls show the call to overturn Citizens United is popular among a wide swath of New Hampshire residents, no matter their political party. Seventy-two percent of residents have said they oppose the Citizens United ruling, and 69 percent would support a constitutional amendment that limits corporate campaign contributions and spending, according to a University of New Hampshire Survey Center Granite State Poll. Additionally, more than 100 New Hampshire residents recently marched across the state in the dead of winter to show their support for campaign finance reform.

Three New Hampshire towns – most recently Newmarket – already have passed resolutions in support of a constitutional amendment, and the votes this week will set New Hampshire on course to join the nationwide movement to stop the flood of money from corporations and the ultra-wealthy into our elections.

For more information about this effort, and to find out which towns are voting this week, visit www.nh4democracy.org.

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