Another move to help big money

Last modified: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
To the editor:

This past week jaw-dropping news came out from two well-known organizations (Public Citizen and People for the American Way) titled “Democracy silenced in New Hampshire.” Our Senate has established a new rule requiring a two-thirds vote to introduce or hear resolutions. This halts any progress on three resolutions that passed the House with bipartisan support. One was about veterans’ health benefits; important in its own right.

Another, about which I write today, is HCR2, calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and limit big money in politics. This means Republican, Democratic and Independent money. This amendment would clarify who has the constitutional right to donate to politics; that corporations are not people. Passing this resolution would put us in the good company of about 14 other states and many communities throughout America who have voted for this amendment.

I have left phone messages at the office of NH Senate President Peter Bragdon and my Senator, Andy Sanborn, asking them to seriously reconsider this non-democratic move. In today’s news we have come to almost expect this in DC, but not in NH. This resolution needs discussion and a vote. Nothing less. Hopefully, it will not be decided on a partisan basis. We’ve had enough of that.

Please call Sen. Bragdon at 769-1818 or 271-2111 and let him know this is important to you and a majority of NH citizens. Other senator’s numbers may be obtained through www.gencourt.state.nh.

Marilyn Britton