Earlier this week, while the House Finance Committee was proposing cuts to state programs and services, the Senate Rules Committee was discussing a bill to help get Big Money out of politics.
The Senate amended SB 136 and then unanimously recommended that the bill Ought To Pass. A full Senate vote on the bill is expected next week — and it is possible that the bill will be amended again on the floor, before the Senate votes.
SB 136 was one of a pair of bills filed this year regarding Citizens United and the effect of Big Money on our electoral system. The House version called for a statewide “Listening Tour” — but last month, the House voted that bill down, largely along party lines.
Since then, 11 New Hampshire towns have passed local resolutions endorsing a Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics. During their 2015 Town Meetings, voters in Bedford, Canterbury, Gilmanton, Greenville, Madbury, Mason, Plainfield, Rye, Sandown, Walpole, and Westmoreland all approved warrant articles to overturn Citizens United. So far, 68 Granite State municipalities have passed resolutions asking for a Constitutional amendment.
As the grassroots level, there is bipartisan agreement on getting money out of politics: 61% of New Hampshire Republicans support a Constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions; 80% believe that Congress is more interested in special interests than its constituents.
Money in politics isn’t just a federal-level issue. Corporations, lobbyists, professional associations and other groups pour hundreds of millions of dollars into state-level legislative races every two years.
Money in politics is influencing every level of our government. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been so successful that now they’re drilling even deeper. The American City County Exchange (ACCE) is bringing ALEC-style political influence to our local governments, too.
That’s why The Stamp Stampede has been following SB 136 so closely. We are working to #GetMoneyOut of politics and #TakeBackOurGovernment.
- Read “Is the NH Legislature Listening to Voters’ Anger when it comes to Money In Politics?” here.
- Read “NH House Votes Down ‘Listening Tour’ on Citizens United” here.
- Read “Another Public Hearing on Citizens United in NH – Will it be the Last One this Year?” here.
- Read “Senator Lou D’Allesandro: We Must Pass SB 136 To Overturn Citizens United” here.
The 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.