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NH Democrats File Ethics Complaint Over Governor’s Tweet Promoting Sununu Family Owned Ski Resort

NHDP files Executive Branch Ethics Committee Complaint against Governor Sununu

Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, The New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Committee concerning Governor Sununu’s use of his official Twitter account to promote his family business.

In a Tweet from the Governor’s official account, as opposed to his personal one, Sununu mentioned and promoted Waterville Valley. This free advertising from the platform of the governor is a privilege not given to any other ski resort, and could have led to increased revenue for the business. 

The Executive Branch ethics code mandates that “no executive branch official…use his or her position within the state to secure privileges or advantages for himself…or advantages for others.” Since taking office, Governor Sununu has filed a Financial Interest form, indicating financial interest in Waterville Valley that is relevant to his position as governor. Sununu’s family is also reported to have a stake in the company, maintaining positions on the Board of Directors, with a spokeswoman refusing to reveal which family members serve on the board. 

“Using an official platform to promote a family business is precisely what the ethics code attempts to prevent.” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “Whether it’s Governor Sununu promoting Waterville Valley, Donald Trump defending his daughter’s products against Nordstrom, or Kellyanne Conway hawking Ivanka Trump’s wares from the White House press room, promotion of a business from a position of power is a serious abuse.” 

Buckey continued, “Governor Sununu has been coy about his business dealings in the past. Giving his family business free advertising isn’t exactly the way to dispel concerns about his conflicts of interest. This violation would be a good opportunity for Governor Sununu and Waterville Valley to disclose more information about the company’s funding and remaining Sununu connections.”

The New Book, Nation On The Take, Shows The Real Corruption In Washington

The New Book Show Just How Corrupt Washington Has Become, How Corporations Are Fleecing American Taxpayers, And What We Must Do To Take Our Democracy Back.

Our system of government has been corrupted by money. This corruption goes much deeper than just funneling millions of dollars into election campaigns from Super PACs and billionaires like the Koch Brothers.

A new book, “Nation on the Take,” takes an in-depth look at how big money has stolen our democracy.

The real corruption lies in how legislation gets tanked or amended by Congressmen at the will of the corporations.

nation-on-the-take-issue-oneThis could be something as simple as, naming a specific manufacturer in the proposed legislation, thereby guaranteeing that all the money from the government contract goes directly to them.

Or, it could be something much larger.

Lobbyists convinced Congress (with campaign donations) to include language in the Affordable Care Act that would prevent Medicare from negotiating prescription drug prices. This small amendment to the ACA allows Big Parma to continue to price gouge the American taxpayer for years to come.

In 2013, the U.S. paid “40% more than Canada” on prescription drugs and “twice as much as many European countries including France and Germany.”

Healthcare is not area of the government that lobbyist have bought and paid for legislation to protect their profits or steamroll the American people.

Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, the authors of Nation on the Take, show examples ranging from Wall Street reform, climate change, and EPA health regulations.

“This marriage of great wealth and political influence has strangled the political process, leaving us unable to address our most pressing problems as a nation, from climate change to the wealth gap. It defines the terms of our daily concerns: from the cars we drive to the air we breathe, even to the bodies we occupy.”

Just when you have read enough to take the book and toss it across the room in disgust, Potter & Penniman sweep in with solutions on how we can take our government back.

Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all agree that our government has been hijacked by Big Money and it is time for us to take it back. It is not going to be easy but nothing worth doing is ever easy. It will take time and dedication if we want to take back our democracy.

 

You can read an excerpt and pick up, Nation on the Take: How big money corrupts our democracy,  by going here.

 

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.

Emily’s List Puts NH Congressman Frank Guinta “On Notice”

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In addition to being one of the most corrupt members of Congress, Frank Guinta is also one of the worst when it comes to supporting policies that are dangerous to women and families.

Here are six reasons why EMILY’s List is putting Congressman Frank Guinta “On Notice”:

  1. Guinta Supported an Abortion Ban. In May 2015, Guinta voted for a bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban. It would provide exceptions for cases in which the woman’s life is in danger as well as for pregnancies that are a result of rape if, as amended, for pregnancies that are a result of rape against an adult woman, the woman received counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours prior to the abortion. An exception would be provided for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest against a minor if the rape or incest had been previously reported to law enforcement or another government agency authorized to act on reports of child abuse. [HR 36, Vote #223, 5/13/15;CQ Floor Votes]
  2. Guinta Supported Ban of Abortion with “No Exceptions.” “In response to two questions on abortion, Guinta said he is pro-life, and, were a repeal to Roe v. Wade come up while he was serving in Congress, he would vote for a no-holds barred ban on abortion with ‘no exceptions.’” [Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/11/10]
  3. Guinta Cosponsored Legislation That Would Allow Employers to Deny Birth Control Coverage. In February 2012, Guinta cosponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would “permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan or the purchaser or beneficiary.” [HR 1179, 2/08/12]
  4. Guinta Found Guilty of Violating Campaign Finance Laws by the FEC, Fined $15,000. “After five years of denying allegations of wrongdoing related to his 2010 campaign, Guinta was found by the Federal Election Commission to have violated campaign finance laws by accepting $355,000 in illegal contributions from his parents. The two-term congressman, who was defeated in 2012 but narrowly beat Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in 2014, has said the money he used for his first campaign was also his, though disclosure forms suggested he didn’t have the money. Guinta maintained he made a reporting error and did nothing illegal. Now, he must refund the six-figure sum to his parents, and pay a $15,000 fine.” [Roll Call, 5/18/15]
  5. Guinta Voted Multiple Times Against Raising the State Minimum Wage in New Hampshire. During his time in the New Hampshire state House, Guinta voted multiple times against raising the state’s minimum wage. In April 2001, Guinta voted against a bill that would have increased New Hampshire’s minimum wage. The bill increased the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $5.65 as of October 1, 2001. It then increased the wage to $6.15 on October 1, 2002. Guinta’s vote was in favor of a report by the Labor Committee declaring the bill ‘inexpedient to legislate,’ effectively killing the bill. The report killing the bill passed 170-163. A motion was made to again declare the bill ‘inexpedient to legislate,’ effectively killing the wage increase. Guinta voted in favor of the motion to kill the bill, which failed 166-184. Finally, a motion was made to approve the bill. Guinta voted against the bill, which passed 196-153. [HB 469, Vote #92, 4/26/01;HB 469, Vote #117, 5/17/01; HB 469, Vote #118, 5/17/01]
  6. Guinta Named One of CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress in 2010. “Most Corrupt: Representative Frank Guinta. Representative Frank Guinta (R-NH) is a first-term member of Congress, representing New Hampshire’s 1stcongressional district. Rep. Guinta’s ethics issues stem from his failure to accurately disclose assets on his personal financial disclosure forms and possibly accepting improper gifts or loans.” [CREW, 2010]

 

InZane Times: Democracy or Oligarchy, Which is It?

MARTIN GILENS SPEAKS AT PLYMOUTH STATE

P4070011If the “central characteristic of democracy is responsiveness of government to the interests of citizens,” as Martin Gilens says,  then ours if failing miserably.

Professor Gilens, prime author of a much-cited article showing that the US government responds to the interests of wealthy individuals and corporate lobbies, not to ordinary people, presented his findings tonight at Plymouth State University.

Gilens, a professor of political science at Princeton, analyzed responses to 1779 survey questions collected from 1981 to 2002 to test whose opinions mattered.  With his co-author, Benjamin Page, Gilens examined the views of average citizens, defined as those at median levels of income, the views of wealthy individuals, and the positions held by the most powerful interest groups (“Most of them are business oriented,” he said.).  Then they looked at the outcomes of policy debates.

https://i0.wp.com/cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4315381/Gilens1.pngWhat they found is that the preferences of ordinary people have virtually no impact on policy.  The opinions of wealthy individuals and organized interest groups, however, have a considerable effect. 

“People with resources call the shots and ordinary citizens are bystanders,” he said. 

It’s not a matter of political parties and which one is in power.  If one looks at issues such as trade policy, tax cuts, or financial de-regulation, politicians of both major parties have enacted policies favored by elites.  “Priorities the public expressed are not the priorities of our government,” Gilens said.

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Gilens’ research was reported in “Testing Theories of American Politics:  Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” published in 2014 in Perspectives on American Politics.   Frequently referred to as “the Princeton study,” the Gilens and Page paper has been used to state the USA is now an oligarchy. 

Not so fast, Gilens says.  Yes, it’s true that ordinary people are largely ignored and that high percentages of the rising amounts of cash flooding the political system come from a relatively small collection of wealthy individuals.  And it’s also true that running and winning elections demands ever larger campaign funds.   But Gilens  holds onto hope that a movement like the early 20th century progressives can rise up to challenge the policies of the New Gilded Age.   

“No single reform” will do it, Gilens believes.  But campaign finance reform, lobbying reform, electoral reform, and the rise of civil society and labor groups just might stop the trend toward oligarchy.  That will be “a decades long task,” he says.

Is The NH Legislature Listening To Voters’ Anger When It Comes To Money In Politics?

Several hundred people attended the January 29, 2015 rally at the State House in Concord, in honor of Granny D.           Image By Liz Iacobucci

Several hundred people attended the January 29, 2015 rally at the State House in Concord, in honor of Granny D. Image By Liz Iacobucci

By Paul Brochu and  Liz Iacobucci

“It’s almost impossible to exaggerate how angry, frustrated and even disgusted people are with the flood of money” into political campaigns.

That’s what Joe Magruder told the state Legislature last week, during hearings about Citizens United. Joe spent more than three decades covering New Hampshire for the Associated Press. He worked as an impartial observer through eight presidential primaries. He’s seen it all. And he thinks this year’s anger level is so far off the scales that “it’s almost impossible to exaggerate” just how bad it is.

Last week’s House hearing was packed to overflowing. So many people came to testify that there wasn’t enough time for everyone to speak, before the Senate hearing started across the street. (See our live-tweets from the hearings at @NHStampede)

We’ll find out whether the Legislature was listening this afternoon, when the first of the bills is expected to be reported out of committee.

Both the House and Senate bills are pretty mild, compared to the emotion outside the hearing rooms. The bills would allow the Legislature to study the issue of money in politics through a statewide series of public hearings. Then New Hampshire’s Legislature could decide whether to join 16 other states – including New Mexico, Montana and West Virginia – calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

That’s all the bills would do: create a series of opportunities so people around the state can tell the Legislature what they think about the flood of Big Money into political campaigns. Give the people a chance to have their voices heard.

The Stamp Stampede's new mobile billboard circled the State House in support, during the Committee hearings.   Image provided by Stamp Stampede NH

The Stamp Stampede’s new mobile billboard circled the State House in support, during the Committee hearings. Image provided by Stamp Stampede NH

It’s ironic that the Legislature needs to create a hearing process in order to hear the voices of ordinary citizens over the voices of special interest lobbyists.

But right now, the system is set up to hear lobbyists, not ordinary citizens. The first thing everyone noticed, when they came to testify on the bills last week, was that the House hearing room had only eight seats.

Two weeks ago, hundreds of people walked across the state to draw attention to the issue of Big Money in politics. The NH Rebellion organized 300 miles of marches – from the four corners of New Hampshire all the way to the State House – in honor of Granny D.

We walked with the group between Nashua and Concord. We talked with people, as we walked along, and Joe Magruder is right: everyone is angry, frustrated and disgusted.

Angry enough to take time off work, walk through snowstorms, cross icy bridges, sleep in strangers’ homes.

Frustrated enough to keep going, mile after mile, even after reporters asked whether walking across the state could possibly make any difference.

Disgusted enough that it didn’t matter what party you belong to, what generation you belong to. Republicans and Democrats, Free Staters and progressives, middle school students and great-grandparents: everyone walked together.

That’s how badly people want their government back. “It’s almost impossible to exaggerate.”

Days after our State House rally, two businessmen announced plans to “invest” almost $1 billion in the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s more than both parties spent – combined – in the 2012 campaign.

How do Granite State voters feel about the fact that presidential candidates are being selected by high-dollar donors in invitation-only “conferences” – more than a year before the “First in the Nation” primary?

How are ordinary citizens supposed to have their voices heard, over all that money?

At StampStampede.org, we’ve created a petition on steroids to give voice to that frustration. We’re working with thousands of Granite State voters to rubber stamp $3.8 million dollars with messages like “Stamp Money Out of Politics.” Every stamped dollar bill is seen an estimated 875 times; together, the message will be seen over 3 billion times. Enough to ensure that our representatives cannot ignore us.

Poll after poll reports that people believe their elected officials care more about special interests than constituents. Here in New Hampshire, according to a 2013 Granite State poll, almost four out of five people agree that special interests get more attention than citizens. That’s bipartisan agreement, in its purest form.

Last week, an overflow crowd turned out to explain to the Legislature the depths of their disgust. “It’s almost impossible to exaggerate.”

Could the Legislature hear them?

We’ll know, later today.

 

Paul Brochu is the Lead Organizer-NH and Liz Iacobucci is the Press Secretary-NH for StampStampede.org.

Letter To The Editor: Community is Stronger than Corruption

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   Last month nearly 100 residents of the Seacoast area helped complete the NH Rebellion’s Granny D Walk to end systemic corruption in elections.  After marching through the ice and snow for 50 miles down Route 4 from Portsmouth to Concord, they arrived at the State House on January 21st for a day of festivities, joining hundreds of other walkers who had traversed the state from Keene, Nashua, and Dixville Notch.

    I had the distinct privilege of being part of our local walk from Portsmouth to Concord.  This movement is about connecting with our local communities and empowering each other, and I was humbled by the participation of so many dedicated individuals and community-minded local businesses.  Along the four day walk, very many local organizations and businesses participated, either by assisting the walkers or cheering us on from the sidelines.

    Many heartfelt thanks go out to all those organizations that opened their doors to the walkers as we passed by.  Overnight housing for us was graciously provided by the Community Church of Durham, Epsom Public Library, and Northwood Congregational Church–and we were kept well-fed by South Church of Portsmouth, Newmarket Community Church, Bow Lake Baptist Church, and Northwood Advent Church.  And amazingly, all of the students of the alternative school The Penn Program in Newmarket not only walked the whole way, but volunteered in many other roles.  Other local business partners along Route 4 between Portsmouth and Concord include Susty’s Restaurant, Mary’s Dogs Rescue, Country Hills Gifts, Cole Gardens, Emery Farm, Camping World, JW Precision Co Inc, Purdy Funeral Home, and Happy Homes for Dogs.

    We walked to give a voice to everyday people in our communities–so, without the cooperation of the small businesses and organizations in our communities, the walk would not only have been impossible, but meaningless.  Thank you to all of you, for caring about your community, and standing with us!

Ellen Read

Newmarket

On Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United, Citizens Want ‘Money Out, Voters In’

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Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, 5 million citizens are telling Congress: “We want money out and voters in.” Ordinary Americans are signing petitions, contacting their members of Congress and standing against the takeover of our democracy by the 1 percent.

The high court’s Citizens United decision wasn’t the first court action to allow big money to influence our politics, but it did significant harm by enabling a flood of dollars from corporations and the wealthiest Americans to cripple our political process. Add last year’s McCutcheon decision, and the Court now has allowed virtually unlimited political spending. Corporations and the wealthiest now are able to buy our elections, aggressively lobby Congress and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.

The Democracy Initiative, a broad movement of 50 environmental, community, labor and citizen organizations representing more than 30 million activists, sees this flood of money in politics as one of the critical blocks to true democracy and the issues on which progressives want real progress. We support federal legislation that will reform our campaign finance process through small donor public financing. We’re backing a constitutional amendment that makes it clear: corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech. We are pressing for transparency in campaign funding and full disclosure, along with stronger enforcement of election law. And we’re fighting for these goals on the state and local level too, where there already have been major changes in moving to a fair and open campaign finance system.

The federal elections of 2012, a presidential year, cost $7 billion, the highest to date. Spending in the 2014 mid-term elections broke new records too, at $4 billion.

The danger of allowing corporations and the wealthiest to take away the people’s voice is all around us.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable are pushing a trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that would result in an even bigger corporate power grab. The TPP would place the “expected future profits” of multinational corporations ahead of U.S. citizens, communities, our health and security. Corporations could challenge any laws and regulations that they believe jeopardize their profits in secret, international tribunals.

Forget the Supreme Court’s determination that corporations are people. Under the TPP, corporations get some of the power of national governments.

Today, more than 5 million Americans are on record opposing this corruption of our political process and this number is growing bigger and stronger everyday, as we stand up to get money out of politics and to take back our democracy.

Unlikely Pair Team Up To End The Corruption Of Money In Politics

money-in-politicsBy Andrew Hemingway 
and Daniel Weeks

When it comes to politics, we generally disagree.

Take health care. One of us, a progressive, believes health care is a basic human right and government should see to it that everyone is covered when markets do not. The other of us, a conservative, believes government has a troubling tendency to get in the way and markets are capable of providing coverage when left to their own devices. (As it happens, we both go to church, love our mothers, and eat apple pie.)

But there’s something about health care – and politics in general – that we have found we have in common: a profound aversion to special interests calling the shots instead of the American people.

Although we disagree on political issues, we couldn’t be more aligned when it comes to the political process. That’s because when big money dominates the policymaking process, neither the progressive vision of universal, affordable coverage nor the conservative vision of competitive and efficient markets stand any chance at all.

Consider the bottom-line incentives.

To maximize their profits, drug companies naturally prefer monopoly pricing and prescribing of pharmaceuticals. As such, their lobbyists seek to bend the nation’s health care laws and standards of care away from alternative therapies and negotiated pricing. Billions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions later, they’ve more or less had their way since the 1990s, producing a return on investment that is hundreds or even thousands to one. The staggering rise in child prescriptions of psychotropic drugs and the bloated cost Medicare’s prescription drug benefit are a sobering case in point.

In similar fashion, incumbent HMOs and health insurance companies naturally seek to protect their market position rather than face competition. As such, their lobbyists have been hard at work simultaneously blocking a single-player system of “Medicare for All” and preventing relaxed regulations that could allow new entrants into the field. And like their friends in the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance lobbyists come armed with more than just ideas. Billion of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions later, they too have had their way with an Affordable Care Act that isn’t particularly affordable for most American families.

In a political system based on dollars instead of ideas, where politicians are forced to spend countless hours raising money for their next campaign and policies are little more than the “sum of all lobbies”, these outcomes should come as no surprise.

What’s surprising to us is that more people on both sides of the aisle haven’t started working together to flush out systemic corruption in Washington. High ideals about democracy aside, there is no denying the fact that we, and the vast majority of Americans who share our views on either side, are getting taken to the cleaners time and again by a Congress that is adrift in special interest money.

The incentives to come together should be obvious. Try as the Democrats might to blame Citizens United, “Citizen Koch” and big corporations, they won’t be able to win this war until 60 U.S. senators and a majority of the House – both in Republican hands – get on the same side. And try as the modern Republican party might to pooh-pooh campaign finance reform or point the finger back at the likes of Tom Steyer and George Soros, the conservative commitment to smaller government and lower taxes doesn’t stand a chance in the face of crony capitalism.

Simply put, neither side alone can win this fight – and both sides together cannot lose.

That’s why, starting on Jan. 11, we’ll be joining hundreds of fellow citizens from across the political spectrum in a frigid march across our state that we’re calling the New Hampshire Rebellion. It’s a rebellion against big money, plain and simple. Its roots that are as old – and as bold – as our own state constitution, which states in Article 10 that, “whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered … the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government.”

Our march across New Hampshire from Nashua, Portsmouth, Keene and Dixville Notch will end in Concord on Jan. 21 with a unison declaration to the presidential candidates, and the nation, that our votes are not for sale. Our goal is simply this: to make the corruption of money in politics the leading bipartisan issue in 2016 so that the next president has no choice but to address it on day one.

It’s easy to disagree in politics. But disagreements alone won’t move our country forward. And forward we must go if we wish to leave a better nation and world to our kids.

On this matter, if nothing else, we see no reason to disagree and every reason to move forward as a nation. Our democracy must not be held hostage by Democratic fat cats; our republic must not be the preserve of the Republican elite. It’s time we fix our broken political system and restore our democratic republic once and for all.

That is reason enough to put on our boots and march through the snow together this January.

Andrew Hemingway, a former Republican candidate for governor, and Daniel Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy, are leaders of the New Hampshire Rebellion.

“Democracy in Action” Conference Focuses on Reducing Political Influence of Corporations and Big Money

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE—Eleven days after the most expensive mid-term election in US history, New Hampshire activists will gather on Saturday, November 15 at Manchester Community College to learn how to make their own voices heard in the run-up to New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Open Democracy, and NH Peace Action, the 2014 “Democracy in Action” conference will focus on reducing the influence of corporations and big money on American politics.

“Fifty years after President Eisenhower warned the nation about the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial-complex, the problem has only gotten worse,” said Will Hopkins, Director of NH Peace Action.  “Now, it’s ultra-wealthy individuals and a wide range of corporate interests that are drowning out the voices and votes of ordinary citizens,” said Hopkins, an Iraq war veteran.

“In New Hampshire we have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the candidates,” said Olivia Zink, AFSC’s Grassroots Engagement Coordinator, “and with a bit of training and planning, we can make sure they hear our concerns about corporate influence and big money.”

“It’s no surprise that nine in ten Americans believe special interest money holds excessive influence in politics or that eight in ten Americans support limits on campaign spending,” observed Dan Weeks of Open Democracy, who noted that nearly $50 million was spent just on the recent campaign for the US Senate. “That’s about $100 for everyone who voted, and most of it was spent on negative ads,” Weeks said.

The Democracy in Action conference will take place from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 15.  It will include workshops on campaign skills, especially how to communicate effectively with electoral candidates through a process activists call “bird-dogging.”   Other workshops will examine news-media relations, bringing resolutions to Town Meetings, free speech rights, and public speaking.  Topical workshops will focus on corporate influence over foreign policy, health care, and environmental matters, plus others dealing with the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, corporate influence on state policy, and the impact of the money-driven political system on efforts to reduce poverty.

Participants will also learn about AFSC’s “Governing Under the Influence” project, Open Democracy’s proposals for campaign reform, and the NH Rebellion’s plans for “Granny D” walks in January.

Following the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to see a new documentary film, “Pay 2 Play,” which exposes the influence of money on our political system and explores steps to put voters back in control.

Manchester Community College is located at 1066 Front Street in Manchester. Admission is free.  Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Additional information is available at:  http://afsc.org/event/democracy-action-conference.

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization supported by people of many faiths who care about social justice and peace.  It’s NH Primary season project focuses on excessive corporate influence in American politics.

Open Democracy is a New Hampshire organization founded by Doris “Granny D” Haddock to strengthen democracy and stop the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics.

New Hampshire Peace Action is a statewide group working to end wars, eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, and shift resources from war-making to programs that meet human needs.

In addition to AFSC, NH Peace Action, and Open Democracy, the conference is also supported by People for the American Way, Public Citizen, the Stamp Stampede, NH Sierra Club, Free Speech for People, and Granite State Progress.

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