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February 13, 2014

Yes, There Is Something You Can Do

Yes, There Is Something You Can Do

A large bipartisan majority of Americans feel there is too much big corporate and labor union money in politics, and that our elected representatives spend from 30% to 70% of their time “Dialing for Dollars”. That is time they do not spend working for us, trying to solve some of our country’s most difficult problems. That majority is correct.

The thing is, a large majority of Americans think there is nothing we can do about it. However, that majority is wrong!

Americans have followed a legal process and amended our Constitution twenty-seven times. Today that process starts with a petition warrant article on many NH town warrants that 1) guarantees the right of our elected representatives and of the American people to safeguard fair elections through authority to regulate political spending, and 2) clarifies that constitutional rights were established for people, not corporations.

As a friend has reminded me, “Here in NH in the 2012 election, outside groups spent five times what the candidates themselves spent on their contests. Nationally in 2012, total campaign expenditures tripled and Super PAC spending increased five-fold, including over $300 million in “dark money” from anonymous donors. Some published estimates say that as few as 132 individual donors may have contributed more than 60% of the total PAC money spent last year”. Another friend asks, “Will the voices of ordinary citizens be heard when the likes of Sheldon Adelson is willing to spend $50,000,000 to elect a president?”

Yes, your voices and your votes will be heard and will count, if you support your community’s efforts to pass petition warrant articles at your town meeting/election. That is the spark which will ignite the public and political movement to create and pass a Constitutional Amendment that will help get big money out of our elections, and certify that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Herb Moyer

Exeter

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