NH Senate Takes Bold, Bi-partisan Step Towards Transparency!!

On Thursday, February 6, 2014 the New Hampshire State Senate voted overwhelmingly  (19-4) to pass Senate Bill 120, requiring political groups advocating for or against specific candidates to be responsible for disclosing receipts and expenditures.

This encouraging bipartisan legislation led by primary sponsor Senator Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, and Senator David Pierce, D-Lebanon, broke with recent voting patterns which rarely stray from partisan lines.  The vote represents a victory for democracy and protects the voices of individuals from being drowned out by the impact of “dark money” from wealthy, often out-of-state, corporations and special interests.

Special interests have increasingly exerted their political will via unprecedented and rapidly increasing levels of campaign spending since 2010.  The passage of SB 120 strongly indicates that lawmakers trapped in this corrupt system are recognizing the damage being done to democracy and now have the courage to stand up for transparency.  The Coalition for Open Democracy, a non-partisan group founded by New Hampshire’s own Doris “Granny D” Haddock, applauds this courage and is proud that New Hampshire state legislators have chosen to take a leading role in reform that has overwhelming strong support from the public.

But there is more work to be done! SB 120 is a giant first step, and now our state can be a model for full reform which includes small donor financed elections, spending limits, and a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as individuals. The run up to the 2016 election is an opportunity for New Hampshire to lead the way and become ground zero for major changes in our system.  Please join us in that effort.

Once again, we offer a huge “Thank You!” to the NH State Senate!

 

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