About Us

Coalition for Open Democracy

4 Park Street, #200, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 661-8621

Email: click here

The Coalition for Open Democracy (COD) is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to ensuring integrity, transparency and efficiency in political and legislative processes in New Hampshire and the nation. We work to improve public policy and practices by gathering and disseminating information and engaging people in action. Our focus in 2013 is to educate the public and policymakers about Citizen Funded Elections for New Hampshire.

COD has members and activists across the political spectrum and throughout the state. Member organizations include Americans for Campaign ReformFree Speech For PeopleLeague of Women Voters of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Citizens AlliancePeople For the American Way, PACE: Promoting Active Civic Engagement and Public Citizen.

The influence of special interests has stalled many efforts to reform health care, education, environmental and other policy. By taking special interest money out of politics, publicly funded elections helps make all other reforms possible. Please contact us if your organization would like to join our coalition.

COD works with regional and national organizations that are building support for state and federal citizen funded elections, including Northeast Action, National Voting Rights Institute, Public Campaign and Common Cause.

Formed in late 2007 and originally named the New Hampshire Coalition for Public Funding of Elections (NHCPFE), our contributions to advancing citizen funded elections in New Hampshire include:

  • Engaging citizens in the push for reform that established the bi-partisan 2008 NH Public Elections Financing Commission and ensuring that strong public-financing advocates were appointed to the commission.
  • Providing the commission with research, policy analysis and recommendations.
  • Assisting NH commissioners and policymakers in connecting with national policy experts for advice and counsel.

COD Board of Directors
Gordon Allen, (Antrim, NH) Co-chair of Coalition of Open Democracy. Is the Policy Director for NH Citizens Alliance; former legislator; long history of working on disability, the budget and health care policy; founder of NH CARES, an organization that monitors state budget development, and engages organizations and activists in advocating for funding; known as NH’s budget guru.

Jane Armstrong, (New London, NH) Treasurer of Coalition of Open Democracy. Past President of the League of Women Voters of NH and a current Board member; represented the League on NH’s public funding coalitions since 1997 and therefore has a strong background on this issue in addition to her general skills in working on legislative issues.

Rick Bourdon, (Lyme, NH) is a Vermont native, but has spent most of his adult life as a rancher and college professor in Wyoming and Colorado. In 2004, after raising four children in the west, Rick and his wife, Lucie, moved back to New England, settling in Lyme. In the summer of 2011 Rick heard Lawrence Lessig speak on corruption in Washington. Lessig’s talk inspired Rick to study the history of campaign finance reform in this country and the role of the courts in that narrative.

Regina Bringolf , (Hancock, NH) Co-chair of Coalition of Open Democracy. retired lawyer with strong experience in organizational development; current chair of PACE; well-connected and respected activist in western NH.

Ruth Meyer, (Keene, NH) Incorporator and current treasurer of PACE: Public Action for Clean Elections. Coordinated a fund raising concert to benefit the work of Granny D. (PACE was the organization that proposed the forming of NHCPFE –New Hampshire Coalition for Publicly Funded Elections — which is now COD). Traveled extensively with Granny D, promoting publicly funded elections. Member of various other non-profit organizations, former vice chairman of Friends of Open Space-Keene and member of their advisory board. Served several years as President of the Ohio Bed and Breakfast Association.

Bob  Perry, (Strafford, NH)  He has been married to his wife, Carol, for 43 years and they have lived in Strafford, NH for 39 years.  They have two children and three grandchildren. After 30 years of service, He retired from his position as the Official Court Reporter of NH Superior Court. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Rochester Opera House. As state representative served on the House Task Force whose focus was also campaign reform.  Bob was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2006 and served two terms representing Strafford County District #3.  He served on the House Election Law Committee for both his terms in the legislature.

Dick Pollock, (North Conway, NH) a retired social service executive is one of the founders of We the People – MWV.org, which promotes getting the money out of politics locally and nationally. A member of Lawrence Lessig’s Rootstrikers Organization and a participant since its inception in the NH Occupy Movement, Pollock is currently organizing the adoption of campaign finance reform resolutions in all of the communities in Carroll County following a similar Vermont model leading to a statewide effort to do the same. Pollock is a noted photographer in the Mt Washington Valley and recently unsuccessfully ran for representative to the Legislature from Conway.

Carol Wyndham, (Peterborough, NH), Secretary of the Coalition of Open Democracy. Is a retired teacher who began working with Granny D when Granny ran for US Senate in 2004. Carol began organizing meetings for public funding starting in May, 2006. The effort continues today with PACE (Public Action for Clean Elections) and COD (Coalition for Open Democracy). Carol also organized a schedule of Granny D’s friends to help with errands, etc. She is currently planning her 12th PACE house party to spread the word about the importance of public funding of elections. Carol also works on voting integrity issues with PTC (Protect the Count).

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