Let’s remember ‘Granny D’
To the editor:
The very much loved “Granny D,” aka Doris Haddock, who walked across the United States at age 90 to promote campaign finance reform and who lived right here in the Monadnock region, was an inspiration to many of us. Back in 2005, after she had run for U.S. Senate and at age 94 had garnered 34 percent of the votes, she said one day that her greatest wish was to see publicly funded elections in New Hampshire. A few of her closest followers called a meeting of caring citizens, including former Governor Walter Peterson, to initiate legislation that would establish this. If Maine, Arizona and Connecticut could make public funding of elections work in their states, why not New Hampshire?
The reform of campaign monies has been called the reform that will make all other reforms possible. The Coalition for Open Democracy is carrying on Granny D’s work and continues to press for political reform in the areas of campaign finance.
Larry Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor who is passionate about campaign reforms, will be speaking at a special dinner in Concord on Sept. 6 that is being organized by the coalition. He is founder of Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to ridding our politics of the corrupting influence of big money and author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It and One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic.”
The public is invited to join us for this event, which includes a lasagna dinner. Your $30 ticket will help us keep the work progressing. Please come hear this inspiring speaker at IBEW Hall, 48 Airport Rd., Concord on Sept. 6 at 6 pm. For more information, see www.coalitionforopendemocracy.org/news-and-events, or call 661-8621.